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Geography Field Trip Report 2016

Mr J Zondagh —

Geographers are trying to make sense of the complex real world around us.

To do this they are trying to simplify the work by making it easier to understand. Geographers learn to do a little bit of everything. This is a strength to employers who feel that they are well equipped for the work place. They also learn to do many other things such as Thinking, Social, Valuing and Practical skills.

As part of our Year 13 Geography course students attend field trips. During the Kapiti Coast trip, they participate in a variety of field work exercises and learn to draw precis sketches, measure wind speed, wave height, and the beach profile, using a clinometer in the last photo.

Geography is the study of the environment as the home of people and seeks to interpret the world and how it changes over time-past, present, and future. It also explores the relationships between people and both natural and cultural environments in which we live, and tries to explain the patterns and process that create these environments.

Our year thirteen students are studying the natural environment, the Kapiti Coast, and how it is being fashioned by nature. Thus, investigating how the wave processes, wind processes and other coastal processes such as longshore drift and degradation play their role. We also study the cultural environment such as the social, economic and political features. These environments are present because of people and how they play a role interacting with nature.

These students have enjoyed the day tremendously and will possibly gain five NCEA credits for their effort. We started the day at the lookout point at the top of Paekakariki Hill Road looking towards the Kapiti Coast. The middle picture is about human interaction and modification of the natural environment.

Mr J Zondagh

HOF Social Sciences / Y13 Geography Teacher