2017 A Level Geography students in Snowdon
This week has been a fantastic experience for the Year 12 Geographers who were able to experience Welsh culture and scenery in addition to collecting data for their independent investigations. We stayed in Kent Mountain centre near Llanberis for the week.
On the first full day, we travelled along the Lleyn Peninsula, where we visited eight different beaches, studying coastal management and measuring the beach profiles to give us practical skills for coursework. It did not rain too much and we even stopped for a cheeky ice cream! On Tuesday we visited Anglesey with our tour guide Alan, to learn about regeneration in Holyhead and the surrounding areas. We learned about the history of Amlwch port when we visited the Copper Kingdom Heritage Museum. We also attended a question and answer session in a local hotel where everyone enjoyed the views, found out much more about life in remote areas and how the Welsh Assembly and EU funding has been spent. We noticed how friendly people were in Holyhead when we were carrying out questionnaires.
Over the next few days, we travelled to our own investigation sites – Criccieth and Dinas Dinlle beaches, or various sites on Anglesey. We were really lucky to have sunny days and enjoyed expanding our knowledge. We learnt to become more independent and use our own initiative when doing work. We have also learnt to look more at our surroundings than our phone screen!
The last day of the week was action packed! Groups of ten students scampered through gorges, rowed across the lakes in kayaks and scrambled on the slopes of Mount Snowdon. Despite, battling the winds of 50 mph on the slopes, the students persevered and all came back to the warm and dry, smiling and very proud of themselves. What an experience! The gorge walking activity allowed us to really push ourselves. We tried our best not to get wet but at the end of the day it made it more fun when we jumped in the gorge. We climbed through eight waterfalls and then swam in all the pools on the way down. The students who went canoeing did not miss the opportunity of swimming in the lake either.
Thank you to Miss Dixon, Mrs Bennett and Mr Taylor for an amazing trip and driving us round in minibuses all week.