Monthly Archives: March 2012

There is only ONE option worth making at GCSE!

Geography GCSE Options Evening

Geography GCSE Options Evening

Y9 options evening for GCSE was held this week, with Miss Moore, Mr Macgregor, Mr Coole and Miss Winskill on hand to talk through the GCSE geography course. The six key topics, Rocks, Population, Rural Environments, Tectonics and Tourism are explained in more detail if you click on the Y10 and Y11 sections. There is also more information about the coursework based on the River Neb fieldwork and the trip off-island to the Yorkshire Dales.

WE FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT GEOGRAPHY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SUBJECT you can possibly take. Every job, every career and even every day life is connected to people and places and the links between them. It is not about naming capitals and countries like non-geographers like to think. It is about the real world, and real events.

Take the last week’s worth of news:
1. James Cameron goes on a submarine to investigate the deep sea Mariana Trench. (Tectonics)
2. Report on the anniversary of the London riots. (Population and urban geography)
3. One year anniversary of the 2011 tsunami. (Tectonics)
4. NHS budgets. (Population, migration and geography of health)
5. Drought in the UK. (Rural environments, rivers, population, weather)
6. Petrol shortages and queues at the garage. (Natural resources, population and trade)

Do I need to go on? Geography is the here and the now. Be part of it!

If you want further information about the course or would like a leaflet (expertly modeled by Mr Macgregor in the photograph!), please speak to your class teacher or call into the Geography office in 17a.

Categories: Year 9 Category

Conquering Sugarloaf

Conquering Sugarloaf

Conquering Sugarloaf: Mr Macgregor, Mr Watt and Mr Mason

Mr Macgregor is not content at the moment with only doing his 90 miles a week training for the London marathon in April.  Last saturday saw him rope – literally – Mr Watt (Physics) and Mr Mason (Art) into a challenge that involved swimming out from the Chasms to the base of Sugarloaf stack and then climbing up to the top to play a round of what looks like ‘extreme golf’.  

Geography in action – without the power of coastal erosion and the specific rock formations creating the impressive coastline in the south of the island these three wouldn’t be able to get up to this sort of thing!   They also commented on the impressive amount of seagull guano and its impact on the environment!

Categories: SNHS Geography

More Moors

Y13 Geographers

Y13 Geographers

Y13 geography students hit the hills today to carry out a plagioclimax heathland investigation. The students are studying how ecosystems change over time through the process of succession, and this fieldwork near Creg-Ny-Baa was design to look at moorland soils and vegetation, and consider the impact that grazing, fire management and other practices such as erosion from walkers can have.

The students had to record and analyse how vegetation height and structure may change, variations in biodiversity within small areas and microclimates, and also soil structure in an upland moor area. Even conditions such as cold windy weather that the students are clearly wrapped up against in the photos can alter or influence what plants are able to colonise and grow in different locations.

More Y13 Geographers

More Y13 Geographers

Categories: Year 13 Category

My Waste, My Responsibility


What's In Your Bin?

What's In Your Bin?

Year 8 geography students have been studying a topic this term in their geography lessons looking at natural resources, energy production, waste management and sustainability.  This week all Year 8 students visited the Energy from Waste (EFW) on Richmond Hill, to see how and why an intergrated system on waste management and energy generation works for the Isle of Man.

Staff from the EFW plant, led by Jack Kaighin, explained the operation of the plant, and took the students on a tour through the plant, allowing students to see the crane and hopper system, and to peer into the furnace at 1100 degree Celsius.  They also learnt about the importance of recycling and SITA’s role in this on the island. The EFW also has a wormery to show how composting is an environmentally friendly way to recycle food waste. Students also carried out a series of fieldwork and research tasks to investigate the environmental impact of the site and discuss why it was chosen for the plant. In previous lessons students have carried out an Environmental Impact Assessment of the Park Road school site so it enabled an interesting comparison.

Many thanks to the EFW plant and all it’s staff for welcoming the Y8 geographers and supporting their learning experience. Quotes from student letters to the EFW staff included:

“Thank you very much for the visit- I found it educational and very interesting. Thank you for the welcome”  Mica

“Thank you for the trip it was really enjoyable” Paul

“I liked the furnace and the crane!” Sammy

“Thank you for the intersting trip. The information you provided us will really help us with our assessment” Emma and Pooja

” I found it intersting, especially when we went round the room which had loads of facts, I still can’t get over the fact that Chinese people used to use old fishing nets to make paper!” Lucia

Categories: Year 8 Category

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