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Posted on: 28/06/2019

Year 9 Geography Residential Trip – The Centre for Alternative Technology (C.A.T)

The Geography Department organised a residential trip for Year 9 pupils to the Centre for Alternative Technology (C.A.T) located in Machynlleth, Snowdonia National Park in North Wales between Friday 28th June 2019 to Sunday 30th June 2019.  The trip started with a visit to Aberystwyth where the pupils enjoyed a swim in the sea and a stroll along the promenade overlooking the shingle beach.  Upon arrival at the C.A.T the pupils unpacked their belongings in the eco-cabins then cooled off in a local shallow river.  They later participated in a night walk through a forest, which many found scary.  On Saturday the C.A.T provided an interactive workshop where the pupils constructed their own miniature version of a wind turbine while others had a guided tour of the centre.  All pupils carried out a challenge around the site by locating different sustainability symbols and recorded the amount of carbon that each symbol can reduce.  Later the pupils explored the site of the C.A.T further and took a ride on the water-balanced cliff railway as well as exploring the quarry trail.  All pupils were then taken to Aberdyfi where they enjoyed another swim in the clear sea and a play in the sand.  The trip provided the pupils with an insight into the application of sustainability, which is covered widely in Geography at KS3 (Year 7-9).  The trip made a direct link to the topic of ‘Tomorrow’s citizens’, which is covered in the Year 9 summer term.  By Sunday all of the pupils and teachers to include Mr. S. Draper, Miss. T. Holmes-Dwyer, Miss. N. Davies & Mr. R. Warren were exhausted.  On Sunday, the pupils packed their belongings, cleaned their cabins and were awarded prizes for the cleanest room, best behaved pupil and most helpful.              

Written by Mr S Draper




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