In previous years the Geography department conducted a Year 11 fieldwork residential to Mui Ne. Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 restrictions, we were unable to run a similar fieldwork residential this year and we had to adapt our processes to school-based alternatives. The Geography teachers had to be industrious and take a relative step into the unknown to create fieldwork opportunities which were reflective of real life. Mr Cowen utilised the basketball courts to create a highly scaled-down version of the Mekong River. Mrs Cowen and Mr Elliott used the auditorium steps, wooden boxes and chalk drawings to replicate typical beach profiles. All of this was tied together by Ms Archer in her classroom-based fieldwork session.
As a result of this students were able to collect rivers and coastal data to help them with their IGCSE “Alternative to Coursework” paper, which they will be sitting this coming June. In addition to this, the students gained valuable contextual knowledge in relation to coasts, rivers and urbanisation which will ensure they are able to maximise their potential in their Geographical Themes IGCSE paper.
The nature of this school-based fieldwork encouraged students to work collaboratively as independent groups, think critically and be open-minded as they reflect upon a range of contemporary urbanisation and river/coast theory. It was not only a delight to see the students rise to this challenge during the simulated fieldwork session, but also how their mindset has changed back in the classroom. The quality of work they produced throughout the long workdays was incredible.
I would like to thank the parents for supporting the department in running this trip, and for all the time that my colleagues gave up to provide this opportunity for our geographers.
Stuart Elliott (Fieldwork Days Leader)