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Year 12 Geography fieldwork

Year 12 have had a busy start to the year squeezing in a number of visits and visitors.

On Tuesday 8th November, year 12 went on a Geography fieldtrip to Rossall beach.  Despite the freezing temperatures, they worked amazingly well to gather information on the processes taking place along the beach.  They were eager to put into practice some of the fieldwork techniques they have been developing and collect information on sediment size, shape and angularity.  In addition to this they  managed to measured the varying profile of the beach (without losing the ranging poles!) and have the opportunity to see first hand some of the process they have been learning about.

For the unit Changing Places they have investigated a nearby place, Bloomfield, and looked at the socio-economic indicators and how that place has changed over time. On Friday they met with Paul Maynard MP to discuss further the issues for the Fylde coast and how Westminster governs the area from afar.

They also had to investigate Wrea Green looking at a number of current and historical maps to see how area has changed. Students then investigated these areas noting landuse and environmental quality. They had a great interview with Cllr. John Maskell Chairman of the parish council who spoke about how the people have changed and future planning issues for the village.

A huge thanks to all staff and visitors who have given up a significant amount of time to enable this to happen.


Climate Change Debate

Climate Change Debate
On Friday 14th October, St Mary’s had the pleasure of welcoming guests Paul Maynard MP and Gordon Marsden MP into school for a big debate on climate change. More than 60 year ten and eleven students turned up to witness members of Mr Baugh’s year twelve politics class debating the motion “This house believes that climate change cannot be tackled within our current economic model.” To make things even more difficult, each student was asked to argue the position opposite to their own beliefs on the issue in order to develop their critical thinking skills.

To open the debate, Mr Baugh outlined the motion and invited our special guests to provide their response to the topic. Six students then presented their argument, after which Mr Maynard and Mr Marsden had the opportunity to put questions to them to explore and critique. After intense deliberation, our guests judged in favour of the opposition based on the strength of their argument. We finished up with tea and cake and the chance to congratulate the brave speakers who had their first venture into politics.

Our event was arranged as part of of CAFODs “Speak Up Week of Action” and was one of hundreds of events across the UK involving young people interacting with their local politicians to raise the issue of climate change. This event has demonstrated that Climate Change is a hugely important and current issue for our young people and that the spark of interest in politics and current issues is very much alive in the younger generation.