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We have come to the end of another busy year in the Geography department and the last term has seen a number of visits including..

Dunwich and Aldeburgh - Our Year 9 Geographers who are taking GCSE Geography from September visited Aldeburgh and  Dunwich in June to study changes in the beach and coastline along the stretch of the Suffolk coast running from Dunwich to Aldeburgh. Nearly 180 students took part in the trip over four days and successfully collected data which will form the basis of the fieldwork investigation that students will be examined on in their final exam in Year 11.

Yr 10 – Iceland

A group of 66 students returned last week from our 11th annual visit to Iceland. Students had an amazing trip and thoroughly enjoyed their time in Iceland fully immersing themselves in the whole experience.  Over the five days in Iceland students bathed in the Blue Lagoon, walked behind and to the top of majestic waterfalls, marvelled over huge glaciers, visited mud puddles, hot springs and geysirs and walked to the top of the active volcano, Eldfell, which last erupted on the island of Heimaey in 1973. Student adventures along with photographs were documented on our facebook page and a full trip write up has now been added to the department’s Geobytes website here http://www.geobytes.org.uk/iceland17.html. We have also created a “So what did we learnt?” page (http://www.geobytes.org.uk/iceland17_whatlearnt.html)  to help students see how their work in Iceland can directly support their studies at GCSE and A’level.

National Geography Competitions

Over the summer some students may be interested in taking part in the following:

The Geographical Association’ are running a physical geography photo competition. Please see the website or attached document for more details (http://gapgphotocompetition.org.uk/) but in brief, students need to submit a photograph of a physical feature or landform along with a description, enquiry question and possible geographical investigation (maximum of 250 words).  The deadline for this competition is Friday 17th September 2017. Entries need to be submitted online at: http://gapgphotocompetition.org.uk/?page_id=5 although copies should also be sent to Miss Raine (sraine@stivoschool.org) for a department competition.

For this years Royal Geographical Society’s “Young Geographer of the Year” competition - students are asked to explore their favourite place. Key Stage 3 and 4 students will need to produce an A3 poster and KS5 students need to write a 1500 word essay. All entries must clearly illustrate the geography of your favourite place. The deadline for this competition is 13th October 2017 however work must be submitted to Miss Raine (in N15) by Monday 9th October 2017. Please see the website (RGS Young Geographer of the Year).


Sadly the department are saying goodbye to Mrs Morey and Miss Booth this summer. Mrs Morey has worked in the department since 2002. Her hard work and dedication has been much appreciated by all staff and students. We would also like to thank her for her work in establishing and running Eco-Ivo and its many initiatives towards making St Ivo a more sustainable school. Mrs Morey is retiring from teaching and we wish her well for the future. After two years with us, sadly Miss Booth is leaving us to return to Australia. We would like to say a huge thank you all her hard work over the last two years and we wish her every success for the future. Both members of staff have been integral members of the Geography department team and we are very sad to see them go.

Finally we would like to congratulate all of our students on a very successful year in Geography and the Geography Department Team would like to wish you all a very happy summer break!

Rob Chambers
Head of Geography

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