Students in Aussie geography comp
GEOGRAPHY students from The Scots PGC College took part in the highly regarded National Geographic Channel Australian Geography Competition.
College geography teacher Mike Keevers said students at the school enjoyed their geography studies and the challenge of the annual competition, now in its 16th year.
“A number of students at our school gained impressive results in the competition this year with seven gaining high distinctions, five distinctions and 16 credits,” Mr Keevers said.
Mr Keevers said Year 12 student Aiden Robb and Year 11 student Stirling Roberton deserved special mention as both boys were placed in the top five per cent of all the applicants who undertook the competition.
“These are outstanding results and the college congratulates them on this achievement,” he said.
National Geographic Channel managing director Ric Burns commended the college for taking part.
“I’d like to thank the schools that take part in the National Geographic Channel Australian Geography Competition each year because external competitions such as ours require forward planning and thinking by teachers, but the experience for students is both rewarding and worthwhile,” Mr Burns said.
“The National Geographic Channel Australian Geography Competition tests these important geographical skills, as well as generic ones, every year.”
For students under 16 years of age, the top scorers in every state take part in the final for Under 16s, with the winner representing Australia in the 2011 National Geography World Championship.
High-achieving older students progress through a five-day training/selection event, Geography’s Big Week Out, to make the Australian team to the International Geography Olympiad.
The competition is a joint initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, and sponsored by National Geographic Channel.