Year 12 students were back to school only a short time before embarking on their GSCE Geography field trip. Pupils left Crumlin Integrated College on the bright sunny morning of September 17th and made their way to The Colin Glen in West Belfast, to conduct a river study.
The annual geography field trip is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to put theory into practise. Following arrival at the field centre pupils were instructed on how to use specialist equipment and were given a safety briefing to highlight risks they may come across when in the field. Pupils trekked 3km up through the Colin Glen Forest Park before entering the Colin River to collect primary data. Pupils measured the width, depth, velocity and bedload shape and size. Year 12 stopped off for an alfresco lunch alongside the river and thankfully we all returned with dry feet. The field trip is an integral part of the geography course, it allows pupils to develop geographical skills that may be utilised further in their future studies or employment.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the staff at The Colin Glen, especially Paul Bennett, the field officer at Colin Glen, who offers invaluable support as we conduct our annual river study.