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