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Lower Sixth Geography Trip

The Lower Sixth Form Geographers have just returned from an excellent fieldtrip in Snowdonia. 

 Three whole days without rain in January is a blessing in itself but enabled our pupils to experience an amazing part of the country while practising fieldwork techniques which they will be examined on in their May AS Level exam.

Saturday was spent on Criccieth beach assessing the coastal defences and their effectiveness before taking a short detour for photo opportunities with a cloud topped Snowdon in the background.  Sunday involved a walking tour of the coastal resort of Llandudno, where students divided into groups to map the land use, rebranding strategies and their successes.  There was also a surprise meeting with Mark Rogers (OC 2014, Vanbrugh).  Monday took the Students  away from urban areas and pavements down the beautiful but slippery Nant Ffrancon glacial valley to experience how an upland farmer manages his business before heading to Llanberis to assess rebranding in a rural area.  Amber Fissenden (Lower Sixth, Swift) demonstrated how to split slate in the National Slate Museum, which taught us about the importance of this industry to this part of the country.

Two short classroom sessions to analyse and evaluate our fieldwork from each day initially caused concern among pupils regarding their workload – ‘prisoners get more time off than us’ was the running joke - but I know that everyone will agree that their hard work was really worth it and has set them up for the best chance to do well in May.

Thanks to Mr Joiner and Mrs Webb for not only accompanying the trip but contributing so much to an atmosphere of fun as well as ‘hard work’!








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