From Brad Thompson, Geography Department
Under bright blue skies last Wednesday the Year 12 HSC Geography students travelled to Sydney Olympic Park to undertake fieldwork relating to ‘Ecosystems at Risk’.
Case studies of ecosystems are a requirement of the HSC Geography curriculum, and we’re lucky to be able to study the unique intertidal wetlands around Homebush Bay, not only ‘in theory’ but also ‘on the ground’.
The students engaged enthusiastically with the activities, spending time in the mangroves and saltmarshes of the area observing and taking measurements of features such as wind strength, soil structure and distribution of flora and fauna. We also visited the open-air ‘Mangrove Classroom’ and indoor auditorium to view presentations about how the area has changed over time and how Sydney Olympic Park is managed and protected.
Our thanks to the SOP’s efficient professional educators, for creating a great day of learning in preparing students for an upcoming assessment.
The students are to be commended on their behaviour and proactive participation over the day.