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Year 12 Geography Field Trip to Preston Montford

Five days, seventeen girls, two members of staff...a trip to remember!

On a Monday morning in the heat of February, seventeen young and intrepid explorers, plus two more mature ladies, set off from school for a fun-filled five days of Geography – destination the middle of nowhere (or to us Preston Montford Field Centre). We realised that our packing had been a little on the heavy handed side when we had to pull, push or heave our cases up two sets of stairs to our rooms in the main house.

The purpose of the field trip was to carry out field work in a variety of human and physical landscapes; in essence to enhance our knowledge, skills and understanding ready for Unit 1 and 2 examinations. This was achieved by five days of climbing snowy mountains, sketching, paddling in streams, using fieldwork equipment, taking photographs and munching on slightly squashed packed lunches. By the end of the week we had completed land use surveys, infiltration experiments, flood analysis, risk assessments, stream characteristics, walked through a fabulous glaciated valley to a corrie lake and got some sleep. Plenty of sub-zero temperatures and snow, but luckily no rain.

All in all, it was a fantastic week filled with hard work, excellent company, good fun, a film and cake! A huge thank you to Mrs Macvie for all her enthusiasm and energy and for looking after all things geographical for the past 25 years. After 23 years of field trips at Preston Montford, we think she deserves a medal, or at the very least a very happy and healthy retirement. It certainly won’t be the same without you next year Mrs Macvie!