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  • Geography Department

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Year 13 Rotorua field trip
by Hugh Drake - Friday, 12 September 2014, 3:57 PM

In mid August, 26 Year 13 Geography students went on a field trip to Rotorua in preparation for the tourism as a cultural process external NCEA exam paper. The students travelled up on a Thursday afternoon, then completed a variety of activities. On the Friday they visited the Rotorua museum (with a great full lecture on the course content required for the exam paper), the Agrodome (farm show for tourists with a speaker afterward), and  Rainbow Springs (including Big Splash ride). On the Friday night the ghlight was the visit to Tamaki Maori Village for concert and wonderful and huge ....hangi dinner. The boys performed the school haka to the rest of the 100 - mostly foreign - guests present. On the Saturday, the boys visited the thermal area at Kuirau Park, and Skyline Rides for another speaker and rides on the Luge, before the bus trip home. 

Ts trip was a great balance of learning and leisure, and will set the students up well for their external exam on ts topic.

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Year 11 Maatangi Whenua regional Competition
by Hugh Drake - Thursday, 26 June 2014, 8:24 PM


The regional round of the national Year 11 Geography competition was hosted by the Geography Dept. at Massey University on the night of Wednesday 18 June.

 8 teams took part from schools throughout the Manawatu,  Horowhenua  and Wanganui regions.

The competition was made up of 8 rounds testing different geograpc skills.

The competition was closely fought, and our team of Jos Craw, Shaun Squires and Alex Ward scored 120 winning by just half a point from second placed St Peters on 119.5 and 3rd placed PN Girls High School on 111.5 points.

Ts is the trd year in a row that our school has won ts event.

The photos below show Shaun, Jos and Alex working as a team on two of the competition tasks.