In week 6 of this term, our two Year 9 Geography elective classes and Year 10, 11 and 12 Geography classes participated in the Australian Geography Competition. This competition is held across Australia and involves over 60,000 students. In 2015, class of 2016 Geography student Georgie Worner topped the State in this competition and went on to be a member of the International Olympiad Team. This team will compete in Beijing in August. Best wishes to Georgie as she prepares for this gruelling test and I will keep you updated on her experience.
Congratulations also to Year 12 Geography student Alexi Brown, who was awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in the NSW Geography Teachers Association Governor Arthur Phillip award for her fieldwork undertaken in 2015. Her submission was her Senior Geography Project, which looked at the relationships between a retirement village and the hinterland surrounding it. Former student, Briella Brown, appeared on Shark Tank last Thursday night on Channel 10. Her business Your Closet, a dress rental business, was the only business to secure a deal on the episode. We wish her well and hope she has time in the future to visit our Commerce and Business Studies students.
Our Year 12 students are completing their final assessment tasks before the HSC trial exams begin in Term 3. These tasks include Legal Studies essays on World Order and Consumers, Business Studies reports on international businesses, Economics analyses of Environmental Issues, and significant Geography research on urban dynamics. The students are looking forward to the break and a chance to organise themselves and begin preparations for their final term at school.
The Social Science faculty has also been heavily involved in excursions and incursions this semester. An inaugural overnight Geography excursion to the Blue Mountains was attended and enjoyed by our Year 11 students. Mr Stewart spent many hours organising an exciting program of activities and learning experiences. The focus of the study was on Fire Regimes in the Blue Mountains National Park Region and their impacts on plant and animal communities. The itinerary also included caving, bushwalking to Pulpit Rock, a visit to the RFS Headquarters in Katoomba, some informative talks from NPWS staff at the Blackheath Headquarters, and a stay at Jenolan Caves House. Additional excursions included a Year 9 Geography trip to go snorkeling at Balmoral, and a Year 7 Geography trip on the harbour and into the Central Business District. Our Year 9 and 10 Commerce students enjoyed Startsmart presentations on spending and earning respectively.
There is a lot happening in our world with the ongoing European refugee crisis, the strange, wild and wonderful weather sequences we have been experiencing and the Rio De Janeiro Olympics around the corner which will bring the world together once again. It seems like the perfect time to dust off the atlas and bring it into the family room so students can learn even more about the world they are part of as they enjoy watching the Games.
My thanks to the Social Science staff including Mr Fergus Stewart, Mrs Susan Cooke, Mrs Irinni Tsonis, Mr Phillip Bain, Mr Chris Durante, Mrs Maria Kirby, Mr Morgan Dunn, Ms Charlotte Pearson, Mr Robert Magner, Mrs Jacqui Perl, Mrs Linden Buggy, and the Academic Support staff for their dedication and excellence in teaching.
Keith Hopkins (Mr)
Social Science Coordinator
Photo: Year 11 Geography classes at Blackheath National Parks and Wildlife Service Headquarters (and a Tawny Frogmouth!)