Another hugely impressive term is coming to a close, with students across all years demonstrating their Geographical knowledge, skills and dedication to the subject. A particular well done to our Year 11 GCSE Geographers; it has been a long term with a period of Mock exams right in the middle. The Geography Mock results were pleasing overall, and we look forward to doing some detailed performance analysis after Mock Results Day. All three Year 10 GCSE classes have bedded in really well; the standard of work being produced is amazing and as a Department we are already feeling confident about this cohort. In the lower school, Year 7 students are gearing up to produce their Fantasy Treasure Maps, a highlight for many PGHS students when they look back on their time here. Work hard on this Year 7 and really show off your cartography skills. (Please note – these assignments are due in the end of week 1/start of week 2 of next half term, so to avoid the need to complete them over the festive season…but please go ahead if you want to!) Year 8 students have completed an interesting unit on Geology called ‘Buried Treasure’, highlighting the environmental impacts that mining and quarrying can have. Year 9 are coming to the end of a unit on Energy Resources and are working on an energy audit of their homes in an effort to cut both carbon footprint and bills. They have also given some very passionate speeches on the need to massively up our efforts when it comes to slowing climate change; some activists of the future! There are Christmas Geostar tasks set across all lower school year groups and you can find details on class charts – if you complete one, please ensure you pass it on to your teacher so you can receive your merits. The Department Christmas tree has been dusted down and we are building up an impressive collection of decorations made out of recycled materials – if you made one this year don’t forget to collect it before we break up. Have a great holiday and if you are celebrating Christmas, don’t forget to ask Santa for an up to date Ordnance Survey map and make sure you recycle all that packaging. Merry Christmas from Mr Bowles, Mr Ward and Miss Wignall – Ho Ho Ho!
Mr Bowles, Curriculum Leader for Geography