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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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Tomorrow’s cities; tomorrow’s planners?

This week Y12 and Y13 geographers welcomed Mr. Michael Gallagher, Director of Planning and Building Control for the Department of Infrastructure to deliver a session to further develop their human geography studies and get an real insight into the work of planners on the Isle of Man and in the UK.

Planning for the future

Planning for the future

Mr. Gallagher discussed various themes linked to the Y13 World Cities topic such as his experiences working on the regeneration of Salford Quays, which is particularly relevant as the geography department run an annual fieldtrip for sixth form to that area of Manchester. Also considered were examples of planning and development in the Isle of Man, including thoughts regarding the provision of residential, services and community needs which form an underlying theme of the Y12 current topic of study, Population Change, where planners and budgets must consider demographic changes such as the island’s ageing population.

Many thanks to Mr. Gallagaher for his time and enthusiasm to support the learning of the SNHS geographers, and for the useful information about routes to pursue planning as a career option in further education.

Mr. Michael Gallagher, Director of Planning and Building Control

Mr. Michael Gallagher, Director of Planning and Building Control

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A hug from a Pug- Y12 Bluepoint fieldwork

There is no rest for the Y12 geographers! Having just returned from study leave and their Geog 1 and Geog 2 exams- our two Y12 classes were straight back out to carry out more fieldwork.

The students spent the day up at the sand dunes at Bluepoint in the north of the island, making observations and collecting data about plant succession and sand dune formation. This forms part of their Y13 Ecosystems topic, but also is the fieldwork and skills upon which their Geog 4a exam will be based in the summer of 2014. Students measured linear transects from the sea inland, looking for embryo, fore, yellow and grey dunes, and evidence of heath and other plagioclimax/ climatic climax species. They had to record data such as gradients, infiltration rates, ground cover %, types of plants, pH of the soil and wind speed.  The site is interesting to study due to the use of the grey dunes as agricultural land (now clay pigeon shooting) and the raised beach (from isostatic readjustment) so there are various factors that create and modify the typical psammosere succesion. As usual we were accompanied by Star and the new addition of Frankie the Pug who provided much amusement by being a little bit too short to see over the marram grass (Xerophytic, salt tolerant and a pioneer plant species for sand dunes). The weather was perfect, so we managed an icecream stop-off on the way back to school. Students will be in the lab this week to analyse the soil samples taken for moisture content and organic matter- all signs of changes in the ecological niche.DSCN6095 DSCN6092 DSCN6103 DSCN6105 DSCN6104 DSCN6099 DSCN6098 DSCN6108 DSCN6109 DSCN6110 DSCN6111


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