Year 8 and 10 Geography students gained a hands-on experience of the content that they had studied in the classroom during recent field trips.

Year 10 Geography Fieldtrip to Stockton Sand Dunes

On Tuesday 4th May 2021, Ms Carter and Miss Ulberg escorted the Year 10 cohort to the Stockton Sand Dunes to participate in a practical Geographical Fieldwork opportunity. Earlier this term the students studied the topic ‘Coastal Environments’ and this excursion was designed to allow students to gain a hands-on experience of the content that they had studied in the classroom.

Students investigated causes, extent and consequences of human induced environmental change at Stockton Beach. Students discussed the biophysical processes and collected data on the physical environment. They investigated and evaluated the management of environmental change in this coastal environment.

The program included:

  • Observing, describing and evaluating environmental management and change at this location
  • Construction of a vegetation transect using a vegetation field guide
  • Examination of coastal processes

Year 8 Geography Fieldtrip to Shortland Wetland Centre

On Monday 3rd May 2021, Mr Garland and Miss Ulberg escorted the Year 8 cohort to the Shortland Wetland Centre to participate in a practical Geographical Fieldwork opportunity. Earlier this year the students studied the topic ‘water in the world’ and this excursion was designed to allow students to gain a hands-on experience of the content that they had studied in the classroom.

Students investigated water in the world through a wetland ecosystem including water quality, weather and climate, Aboriginal seasonal calendars, catchment management and mapping skills using GPS.

Students also examined water as a resource and the factors influencing water quality, flows and availability of water resources. Students investigate variations in people’s perceptions about the value of wetlands and the need for sustainable water management. Students additionally, investigated processes that continue to shape the environment including a hydrologic hazard.

The practical components of the program included:

  • Water quality testing
  • Catchment and management – Investigate the water flows within the Hunter catchment
  • Compass and GPS skills
  • Weather measurements and Aboriginal seasonal calendars