News for Geography
On Friday 17th March Andy Marnie, Energy Manager from Dundee City Council came to talk to the Higher Environmental Science class.
He went over some details about energy use in Scotland and how we are moving from traditional sources like coal and nuclear power to renewables. This was a good revision exercise for the class who are almost finished the course. Higher Environmental Science is on offer again next session. It is taught jointly between Biology and Geography, covering three areas- the Earth's Resources, Sustainability and the Living Environment.
National 5 Travel and Tourism pupils had a visit from Alisdair Smith of STA Travel on Wednesday.
Alisdair gave a very interesting insight into his job as a Travel Agent, saying how every day is different and explaining the variety of tasks involved. The pupils were particularly interested in the incentives offered and the trips abroad!
Currently pupils are carrying out a Travel Agent role play exercise which covers some of the SQA outcomes. Staff have volunteered to be clients and pupils are researching holidays for them. Pupils will be examined on their customer service techniques.
STA Travel are again offering a 24 month apprenticeship in each of their 52 stores around the U.K. This is an excellent opportunity for a 16-18 year old to get some on the job training in an industry which can be difficult to access as employers want experience. The on line application process opens in March for an August start. Potential students should go to the STA website or see Mrs Kerr or Mr Creamer for further details.
S3 Geography pupils had a talk on Friday afternoon about Town Planning.
Julie Robertson, a Planner from Dundee City Council and Vincent Onyango, a Planning Lecturer from Dundee University explained the routes they had taken into their careers.
We considered the new Perth Food and Drink Hub as a scenario in groups. The purpose of the talk was to prepare pupils for the TAYplan Youth Camp which will be held in the University in June when 4 pupils will be able to attend. Here they will discuss getting involved in the planning process and taking part in a competition with other local schools.
On Thursday 16th February, pupils from the N5 Travel and Tourism class visited Dundee and Angus College. They were met by Lecturer, Roxy Hamid who told them about the courses available and what these entailed. HNC and HND students were on hand to answer questions. Several of the group are interested in following careers in Tourism/Hospitality/Events Management so this was an ideal opportunity for them to find out about available pathways. A welcome drink of juice and home made cakes was provided by the college!
A team from Grove Academy has won the local Tayside round of the SAGT Geography Worldwise Quiz.
Calum Macrae (S2), Lucy Angus (S3) and Lewis Stracey (S4) romped home to victory in both the local heat and local final at Perth Academy last Wednesday night. The team will now represent the Tayside area in the Scottish final in June.
Winners of this competition will go forward to compete against other national winners at the British Isles final later in the year.
S3, S4 and S5 Geography pupils are being given the opportunity to travel to Iceland to take part in field work in October 2017. There are lots of exciting geographical places to visit- waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, hot springs, volcanoes. Pupils will fly from Glasgow on Wednesday 4th October and return on Monday 9th.
In connection with the Iceland trip pupils are carrying out some fundraising activities. The closing date for the music quiz was 13th January but monies for this can still be handed in. 3 Bake Sales are organised for Wednesdays 25th January, 22nd February and 22nd March. These will take place at morning interval outside Home Economics.
There are still a couple of spaces available. Further details are available from Principal Teacher of Geography, Mrs Kerr email@example.com.