Investigating the Environment – Stage 4 Geography – NEW
The study of Geography entails the development of a range of skills required to help understand the world around us. This includes utilising a range of geographical tools. During the day, students will be introduced to the nature of geographical inquiry and the practical use of geographical tools. Through investigating sites within the Warrumbungle National Park (W.N.P.), the students will gain a deeper understanding of both the physical and human elements of the environment and also how indigenous people interacted sustainably with their immediate environment.
Landform and Landscapes – Stage 4 Geography – NEW
Students explore the Warrumbungle National Park’s Grand High Tops landscapes and landforms over two days. They explain the processes that created this unique landscape and they describe the value of the W.N.P. to different people. Students examine issues of landscape degradation and ways to manage and protect landscapes and landforms. Students also investigate a natural hazard associated with the W.N.P. and people’s responses to that hazard.
Rocks, Minerals and Landforms
Students investigate the rock cycle and the unique geological formation of the Warrumbungle and surrounding areas.
Students obtain a first hand experience visiting a Coal Seam Gas (CSG) mining operation on a guided tour. We observe and discuss the environmental and economic impacts of this resource exploration and exploitation. This is done in accordance with the DET Controversial Issues in Schools Policy.
Teenagers vs Wild
Students are involved in working out bush challenges in a small group. Challenges include navigating through the forest, team building activities, building a shelter and cooking their own lunch. The program is designed to give students a chance to develop and hone social and emotional capabilities, including Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along, and Resilience.
Students will be introduced to the basic techniques and methods of digital photography and photo editing on an iPad.
Using an iPad shared between two, students wander around the unique Warrumbungle National Park close to the WNPEEC including the plains, rugged cliffs and the creeks taking a portfolio of photographs that portray the special features of Nature. Students are also given solitary time in nature and develop a word bank.
Upon returning to the WNPEEC, students select a great photo to be printed and framed. They also make a montage of images and words to convey Nature’s Story, practising skills in visual literacy.
Printed images will be used to form a class collection for an environmental art appreciation session.