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GA WorldWise Challenge Weekend

This weekend we took five of our very talented geography students to Blencathra Field Studies Centre in Threlkeld in the Lake District to compete against other schools in the national round of the GA’s WordWise Quiz.  

On Friday students were introduced to the other schools and had a short talk on the local area and the fascinating history of Blencathra, before evening orientation activities. 

This weekend we took five of our very talented geography students to Blencathra Field Studies Centre in Threlkeld in the Lake District to compete against other schools in the national round of the GA’s WordWise Quiz.  

On Friday students were introduced to the other schools and had a short talk on the local area and the fascinating history of Blencathra, before evening orientation activities. 

Blencathra FSC, Threkeld, Keswick

 

On Saturday, students were up early to make their packed lunches before heading out for their day’s fieldwork.  Firstly, we visited Keswick, walked around Derwentwater and climbed Castlehead, where the views were incredible.  Here the students could see the whole of Derwentwater and Borrowdale Valley, which enabled them to consider the past, current and future use of the Lake District National Park.  Next, we spent time in Keswick looking at footfall, categories of shops and sampling delicious gelato.  Then we visited a contrasting site at Thirlmere, which is a reservoir designed to provide water to Manchester and is the site of a proposed zipwire.  Finally, when the students returned to Blencathra two of our team were interviewed by the GA about geography and their weekend, before they continued working in their teams to plan and research their presentations on the future of the Lake District National Park and how it should be managed.     

On Sunday, students were up early for housekeeping and finalising their presentations with expert advice from the Geographical Association staff. Final presentations took place in front of a panel of GA judges before the certificates and prize giving presentations. We then took five exhausted students back to Shelfield having had an amazing experience, in a beautiful environment.