This years first multi-campus excursion was a great success for the Yr 11 Armidale, Condobolin, Darkes Forest, Oatlands and Orange students!
On the 13th of March, 2015, 18 students from the Year 11 Geography class in Armidale, Condobolin, Darkes Forest, Oatlands and Orange campuses were involved in a Geography excursion to Cronulla. The first multi – campus excursion for the year proved to be successful with all campuses enduring the long drive down to the shire. Braving the cold, occasionally wet weather, the students completed various geographical exercises. Some of these included; the measurement of sand particles, cross sections along the beach and measuring geographical data like wind speed, identifying flora and elevations of dunes. Wearing puffer jackets to block the wind and sunglasses to protect their eyes from the wind-blown sand, the students paid attention to the tour guide and completed all facets of their excursion booklets.
The aim of this excursion was to complement the Year 11 Preliminary topic – Biophysical Interactions, with particular focus to Coastal Environments. An area which links in the four spheres of our world (lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere), it clearly engaged the students in their learning and gave them a visual understanding of the geographical processes involved in the coastal environments as well as management strategies to maintain and successfully manage the ecosystem.
Overall, besides the cold weather (which I am sure some campuses may be used to) and the high velocity winds, the excursion was successful. Students all engaged in discussion when required and completed their work booklets to a high standard – which was Part A of their first assessment task.