Geography encompasses a wide range of topics covering both the natural and cultural environments. This term students from Years 11-13 have been out and about enjoying educational trips as well as hearing from visiting experts about issues closer to home.
Year 13 geographers recently spent the day being tourists in Hawke’s Bay. Even those who live in the area found many surprises as they explored the locality.
The mystery tour included Arataki Honey, Silky Oak Chocolate Factory, Marine Parade, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, desserts at Elephant Hill and Waitangi Park development.
The students were researching the impact of tourism in Hawke’s Bay which generated $600 million from April 2016-2017. In Term 3, we will be visiting Rotorua to study the tourism processes in the region.
Meanwhile, Year 12 geographers travelled to Wellington as part of their internal assessment on urban spatial patterns. The girls heard from Senior Town Planner Kate Pascal about the influences and limitations on the shopping patterns found in Wellington. They also had the opportunity to experience these patterns first hand.
Guest speakers visited Woodford House in May to speak to Year 11 students about the Ruataniwha Dam issue. Lochie MacGillivray from Agfirst talked about the benefits this scheme would present and then water quality spokesperson, Genevieve Toop, from Greenpeace, convinced us the environment would be adversely affected. This issue has generated much debate over the last seven years.
These diverse learning opportunities and adventures enrich the curriculum and give our girls a real taste of life beyond the classroom.
Joanna Menzies, Teacher of Geography