Joshua Wolff – Year 12 Geography Student
On Monday 8 February, the Year 12 geography class of 2021 set off with their new teacher; Mr Stacey and Head of Department; Ms Rosky, on an adventure to Numinbah Valley that will be remembered by the students for many years to come. With numerous highlights over the 2-day experience, including activities such as canoeing and a class campfire, the boys took both valuable knowledge and enjoyment home with them.
The primary focus of the camp was to collect data for the students’ IA2 assessment, focusing on land cover change. The boys travelled to two different locations on site, collecting and comparing data from one low and one reasonably high ecological conditioned ecosystem. More specifically, both biotic and abiotic data was collected, allowing the boys to learn and use various geographical tools and techniques such as, quadrats, clinometers and densitometers to allow accurate data collection for their assignment. In addition to this, the boys got to experience the impacts of invasive species on an ecosystem, as they saw the negative effects of Lantana to native species.
The camp instructors were very helpful in sharing with the students their knowledge on key geographical terms, such as the Invasion Triangle and scoring an ecosystems ecological condition. This initiated many thoughts and ideas for the boys, about their upcoming piece of assessment. After a successful two days, the boys had thoroughly enjoyed their experience, whilst gaining sufficient knowledge and building stronger relationships between themselves and their new teacher Mr Stacey.
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