Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. It is a rich and complex discipline that integrates knowledge from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. Through the study of Geography, students are encouraged to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for the world, and propose actions for a socially just, sustainable future. Students study Mandatory Geography in Years 7, 8 and 9, learning to investigate and communicate through geographical inquiry, including fieldwork.
In Year 7, we study the topics of Water in the World and Landscapes and Landforms, continuing with Human Wellbeing, Interconnections and Place and Liveability, in Year 8. In Year 9 Mandatory Geography, we explore the topics of Environmental Change and Management, Sustainable Biomes and Changing Places. At this stage, Year 9 students have the option to study Elective Geography, and engage with a wide variety of additional topics such as: You and the Deep Blue, Exploring ArcGIS, Natural Phenomena, and Taking Action. A highlight of this course is an excursion to the Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences.
In Year 10, students can again choose to take Elective Geography, in which we delve into the topics: From Coast to Coast, Powerplay, Production or Destruction? and Destination Asia. Students also undertake an excursion to the Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre to complement their classroom learning.
Junior Geography provides a good foundation for senior Geography.