Advanced Higher Geography - Kindrogen, 1st to 4th September 2011 by the Advanced Higher Geography class After weeks of preparation, a bake sale and a bag pack, the Advanced Higher Geography class finally set off for Kindrogan Field Studies Centre in rural Perthshire, for a weekend of Geography and polychromatic rendering! Day one included shopping in Aberdeen, a bumpy minibus ride, an afternoon of soil sampling, a quick game of “stuck in the gley soil” (aka mud) and a VERY enthusiastic Geography tutor. Lessons continued after dinner with an hour of statistics until 8:30pm. Later on there was time for a game of hide and seek with our fellow Geographers from Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh. Day two started with a full cooked breakfast to prepare us for an hour long trek up to our river study field sites. We spent the day taking measurements and getting wet!
After collating our data, the brave few jumped off the “Leap of Faith”- an 8 metre high telegraph pole. Day three included another walk to do some rural land use mapping. We had a fantastic morning to view the beautiful landscape that surrounds the field centre. This was followed by another bumpy minibus trip and a ferry journey to get back home to sunny Shetland! A whole weekend of Geography did seem daunting at first but it was a very successful weekend and we managed to cover a whole unit in just 3 days. The weekend was great fun and a good time for the class to bond. A big thank you to all who contributed to our fundraising and to the staff at Kindrogan for all their efforts!
(L-R) Back row: Laura Smith, Emma Rochester, Kelly Mackay, Emma Hand, Mairead Dodge Front row: Daniel Aquilina, David Noblett, Andrew Haviland
Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) Do you play a musical instrument? Do you play a sport? If so and you are in S3 or above then you could be half way towards a D. of E. Award! These, and four hundred or so other activities, are available to choose from to make up your own D of E Programme. The award recognises young people’s commitment to and improvement in their individual chosen areas. They choose one activity from each of the three areas of: Skills, Physical Recreation and Volunteering. The fourth activity is an Expedition in which a group plan and go on a camping journey. This is the time of year at which people join in the Award. Meetings are held every Thursday from 1.25pm in A2.3.
L-R: Kat Brack, Hayley Godden, Sarah Irvine and Zuzanna Mikolajczak on the first practice expedition in June this year.
AHS September 2011 Newsletters