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Y13 Competition winners: Tomorrow’s cities?

Tomorrow’s City – St Ninian’s Students Ideas Win Prizes in Regional Competition

Michael Gallagher, Aimee, Caragh, Miss Moore

Michael Gallagher, Aimee, Caragh, Miss Moore

St Ninian’s High School 6th Form students Aimee Freegard and Caragh Maddrell have recently come 2nd and joint 3rd in an essay competition open to all schools in the North West of England and the Isle of Man. The competition challenged ‘A level’ students to come up with their ideas on how they would plan a new city for the next 100 years.

The competition was organised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as part of its Centenary Year celebrations as part of an initiative to celebrate the profession and increase the awareness of planning as an exciting and diverse career.

On Friday 23rd May 2014, Aimee Freegard and Caragh Maddrell were presented with their prizes by Isle of Man based Royal Town Planning Institute member – Michael Gallagher, who is the Director of Planning & Building Control at the Department of Infrastructure.

In making the presentation, Michael Gallagher said

‘When I spoke to students at St Ninian’s last year about the opportunities and challenges of being a planning professionals, little did I expect that I would be encouraging two of the eventual prize winners to enter. This is a fantastic achievement for the Isle of Man – well done to Aimee and Caragh.’

He added

‘The quality of entries has been very impressive and its good to know that students are thinking about how they would like to shape our future cities. I hope that this encourages all the St Ninian’s students who took part in the competition to take an interest in the future shape of the Isle of Man and the way it is planned. May be some may even consider a career in planning.’

‘ I would like to thank Kirsty Moore from St Ninian’s High School for inviting me into the school to speak to her students and encouraging them to enter the competition as part of their ‘A level’ Geography studies.’

 Kirsty Moore, Subject Leader for Geography at St Ninian’s High School added

‘The RTPI competition offered an exciting and important opportunity to inspire a younger generation and get young people thinking about their environment. It has helped to engage and stimulate students to think about Planning and the Built and Natural Environment and how we manage this. Students have begun thinking about the Isle of Man, what is good and bad about where they live. They have started to understand what shapes their local environment and the challenges facing communities as they plan for the future, and the students were able to use some of the ideas and theories learnt in their human geography topic ‘World Cities’ to aid their successful completion of the both the essay and city plan aspects of the competition.

Caragh's design

Caragh’s design

Aimee's design

Aimee’s design

Selection of more Y13 entries

Selection of more Y13 entries

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Dave does drumlins

Dave Redfern from AQA Geography was at St. Ninian’s again this weekend, running a whole Saturday of workshops (including drumlin photograph analysis) for geography students from the 5 island schools, and putting them through their paces in preparation for the A-level exams starting this week.

Quotes from students after the sessions included ‘I actually GET what Critical Understanding means’, ‘I feel more confident with analysing pictures’, and in reference to the Geog 1 exam ‘Bring it on!’.

Many thanks to Dave Redfern and the teaching staff from Ramsey Grammar, Castle Rushen, Ballakameen and QEII for thier support on the day. Special thanks to Chris Kay and Stephen Isherwood for services to projector duties!

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Mountain madness with Y12

Y12 headed off last week for a 4 day residential in North Wales and Manchester as final preparation for their AS exams (next week!) and some observation fieldwork for their Y13 course next year.

Everyone point out the pyramidal peak please!

Everyone point out the pyramidal peak please!

A great time had by all, as Matthew and Grace’s summary shows below.

Don't be silly on the steep slope down into Cwn Dyli

Don’t be silly on the steep slope down into Cwm Dyli


After being quite apprehensive prior to our geography ‘voyage’ with Miss Moore’s explanation of Ben’s bunkhouse being “it’s very basic” and Mr Macgregor’s “It’s not luxury accommodation” we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived in rural north Wales to find our cosy lodgings for the next two days in a stunning spectacular glacial environment. After came the real fun, our day measuring the Afon Glaslyn! Which was the day when we think Miss Moore would be proud to call us all ‘Geography geniuses’ – even with Grace’s ankle spraining and Matthew’s soaking! Following dodgy flow meters and several slips we were all relieved when we retreated to our sanctuary of “luxury accommodation” with hot(ish – if you were early enough!) showers, Mr Coole’s and Miss Moore’s explanation of the day and Bear Macgregor’s fine cooking of spag boll and chilli, plus a trip to Mofa Harlech to go dune jumping! The next day we travelled to Manchester leaving behind the stunning scenery of Llanberis and changed it for the urban environment of Salford – the contrast being very obvious after spending two days in what seemed to be complete seclusion. After a nice night on curry mile and all being quite glad Mark survived without the use of his Epipen, we woke up and stuffed ourselves at the Premier Inn breakfast – anyone would have thought we’d not been fed for the last few days – and took to the day with a storm! Spending the day doing walks and transects of different regions of Manchester, with plenty of eating intertwined! Looking back now it’s clear to see the bond that has formed within the geographers – it’s like nothing in any other department. We are proud to be the SNHS AS Geographers of 2014.         Grace and Matthew

The calm photo before the 'Crack Challenge'! Well done Daniel Phair!!

The calm photo before the ‘Crack in the rock Challenge’! Well done Daniel Phair for being the first student ever to complete, and giving Mr Macgregor a run for his money!



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