What an action packed day the Year 8’s had. They started bright and early investigating coastal sea defences next to the Fort, complementing our Coastal work in Geography. This included asking questionnaires to locals about their thoughts about climate change. They then did a litter survey, swiftly moving onto a guided tour by the main expert in Alexandria on Fort Quay Bay organised by the French Antiquity centre. We discovered that the land around here is prone to flooding, damaging the foundations of the Fort.
On Thursday 20th February our History students visited the location of one of the most important turning points of World War II. This was the first battle the British won and never lost another after this point during the war. The students visited the three main cemeteries to appreciate the sacrifice and suffering made during the war. They were quick to point out the differences between the cemeteries.
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Year 11s finally managed to get their last installment of fieldwork skills completed this week, wrapping up the specification for Geography. They created land use maps and took environmental quality surveys. This gave them first hand evidence of how to use these particular skills in the field, enabling them to link theory with the real world.
On the 13th February the Year 7 students continued their investigation into the local history of Alexandria. We visited the Catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar and the Amphitheatre to enhance our understanding of the role of Roman and Greek civilisation over 1800 years ago. It gave the students a real taste of archaeology in action after seeing digging at the sites. Also we were fortunate enough to be guided round the sites by an expert from the French Antiquity centre. Maybe one day one of our students will be an archaeologist after experiencing History in the making.
The eager environmentalist took to the Allenby garden in search of litter after school this week. They were competing to see who could collect the most rubbish in their group. They collected a staggering four full big black bags in just over 20 minutes. This is stage one of many more efforts to improve the beauty of our local park. Well done budding environmentalists.
In Geography recently, the students have been busy studying the causes and effects of climate change. They are now on their crusade to help our school do its part in reducing CO2 emissions by designing an energy policy. This will be developed even further and acted upon in next term’s environmental workshop ASA. It is great to see our students thinking about protecting the planet for future generations.
Fieldwork skills are integral to the Geography IGCSE course. The Year 10s are not strangers to going out of the classroom and investigating. This time they are looking into whether there are any variations in weather patterns around the school and practising using the weather equipment. This will give them first-hand experience collecting and recording the weather.
After a three day of workshops our budding environmentalist were taught and trained with some skills enabling them to raise our schools environmental profile through the UN. The workshops varied from renewable energy to sustainable food production. The pupils will soon start to work on implementing their action plan into the environmental after school activity. We are looking forward to turning BSA into a more green centred organisation
On 19th June the pupils were treated to the fully equipped 5 star resort. They were thrilled to see that they could play football, volleyball, swim in the sea and pool. The view and the sea were stunning! This was a thoroughly well deserved trip for all the hard work throughout the year and during the recent exam period. After a buffet lunch and more sports and sunbathing we headed back into Alex to wind down for the academic year. I hope all the pupils have a restful and relaxing summer holiday.
We focused on the quality of the environment and accessibility e.g. wheel chairs, bikes, pedestrians and car users around Kafr Abdou. People were very cooperative when questioned about their perceptions on these topics. We discovered that even within a very small area, there are huge disparities between the quality of the environment and level of accessibility. There remains lots of work to be done around Kafr Abdou post revolution.