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Geographical Association’s Worldwise Challenge

May 18th, 2015

A team of three HMSG Year 10 Geography pupils recently took part in a national schools’ Geography competition.  The Geographical Association event, sponsored by the Field Studies Council, was held at the Malham Tarn Field Centre.P1000371w

Erin, Sophie and Sabrina took part in an intensive weekend of local fieldwork activities, with 10 teams from around the UK.  After a full day of field work activities exploring four sites and a 6 mile walk.  The teams were tasked with producing a short PowerPoint presentation and two presentations on ‘What makes Malham a special place?’  The girls’ teamwork and planning were exemplary and acknowledged by the judging panel.  Erin, Sophie and Sabrina were really enthused by the breath-taking limestone scenery and fun geographical activities and I am sure will treasure their time at Malham.

A big thank you goes to Mrs Harper for supporting the trip and encouraging the team.  We are extremely proud of Erin, Sophie and Sabrina; they are great representatives for the school and what it stands for.  See below for student comments.

Nick Meek
Head of Geography

“The fieldwork we completed gave me a new insight into the way we analyse natural landscapes. I now realise that you can discover their histories in much more depth and detail than I had previously thought. Working towards a deadline on the Saturday evening also gave us a great experience of fast-tracking our analysis and creation of the presentation. I was amazed at just how much we could get done in a short space of time when we really focused. Overall, I think that the challenge was extremely beneficial to us as geography students, and has certainly made me see a new side to the subject!”


“It was lovely seeing all of beautiful scenery that defines the area. As I had never been to Yorkshire before I was unsure of what to expect but the area certainly surpassed any descriptions you can find online. It truly is an area of breath-taking splendour and I can see why it is such a popular tourist destination.”


“I was amazed by the variety of scenery. I particularly enjoyed seeing the limestone pavement at the top of Malham Cove and Gordale scar. This experience will stay with me for a long time and I will use the skills I have gained in the future.”       


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