Trinity Grammar School recently commenced a new chapter in its Geography camp story. The first group of Year 7 students have paved the way for those to follow, taking part in the Trinity inaugural Year 7 Geography Camp, based at the School’s state-of-the-art Field Studies Centre at Woollamia, just south of Nowra.
The group was the first from Year 7 to undertake a unique fieldwork opportunity that supports the study of Geography syllabus topics, including Water and the World, Landscapes and Landforms and Interconnections. The programme also supports Stage 4 History, Visual Arts, English and TAS syllabus areas, providing a true cross-curriculum experience.
Not limited by the 50 hectare confines of the Field Studies Centre, the boys visited other local attractions, including Australian Industry World where they experienced the making of steel and learnt about the impact of globalisation on the Australian steel industry.
Under darkened skies, and sudden bursts of rainfall, students gained a personal understanding of orographic rainfall at a visit to the Minnamurra Rainforest and experienced its many wonders.
Back at the Field Studies Centre, Miss Theresa Ardler of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community provided a Land, Fire, Spirit workshop that captivated the boys’ attention, and through the eyes of the Dreaming, put their study of the environment into context, while challenging them to be responsible custodians of the forests, mangroves, ocean and mountains.
Further fieldwork at the Lady Denman Mangroves in Huskisson and the Booderee Botanic Gardens added to the boys’ appreciation and geographic knowledge. The historical display in the Lady Denman Museum allowed the boys to trace progress through time, and to examine the changing face of occupation, land use and culture of the area.
An Aboriginal Art and Symbolism Workshop tested the boys’ creativity, imagination and ability to express themselves through a different art form – a challenge in which they excelled. A session on mapping skills topped off a memorable experience for all.
“We’re very proud of the boys’ complete immersion in, and enthusiasm for, the programme. They received many accolades for their behaviour, willingness to learn and their support of each other, from the many presenters who facilitated workshops and excursions,” said Tom Mae, Acting Head of HSIE Geography.
Trinity is committed to providing unique educational experiences based on academic, spiritual and physical pursuits within a remote and stimulating environment. This allows boys to strengthen their relationships with the environment, teachers and peers, and encourages independence. To learn more about the Trinity difference, download our prospectus.