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On Tuesday 20th September, we were fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to take some of our GCSE Geography students to Winchester for an evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, otherwise known as 'The World's Greatest Living Explorer'. Burrells Jewellers held the event at The Great Hall in Winchester and our students were treated to an intimate Q&A session whereby many of them were able to ask Sir Ranulph questions about his expeditions. We were also fortunate to win a signed copy of Sir Ranulph's recent book and were able to speak to him on a one-to-one basis at the end of the evening. Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and felt inspired by the words of this great man.

We were privileged to have Dr Nick Middleton speak to all our Sixth Form Geographers on Friday 16th September. Dr Middleton gave a talk entitled 'An Atlas of countries that don't exist'. The students listened eagerly to Dr Middleton and it was fascinating to hear about countries which are unrecognised by many other countries. This talk linked extremely well to the new A-level specification and therefore was extremely relevant for our students.

The Geography Society were delighted to welcome Dr Simon Boxall lecturer within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton. Simon spoke about the role of an Oceanographer and helped students to understand the numerous links to Geography. The primary focus of Simon’s talk was on the topic of Tsunamis, whereby he shared his extensive knowledge about tsunamis around the world and his experience of monitoring and reporting on these. Simon has recently returned from Venice where he is undertaking a project to explore the flora of the Venice lagoon in order to advise the Italian Government about methods of protection on how to try and combat the problems of the sinking city and rising sea levels. Special thanks must go to Luke Roberts (Deputy Head of School) for arranging for Simon to come and speak at Geography Society.

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The Geography Department were delighted to welcome David Edwards to school on Thursday 24th September to give a series of talks to students about a wide variety of geographical topics ranging from ‘Iceland – a geographical wonderland’ to ‘Global Warming and Climate Change’. David also provided the whole school with an inspiring assembly, where he shared stories with us and life lessons which he has learnt along the way.

David has an extensive background in adventure, travel and environmental education including being a professional mountain walks leader and a ranger in the Grand Canyon National Park. He graduated from Edinburgh University with honours Geology and worked as an expedition science leader in Botswana and the Yukon. He has also worked as a field studies tutor teaching Geology and Geography, as well as being the University Expeditions Advisor for the Royal Geographical Society. Whilst carrying out a biodiversity survey on the island of Montserrat he experienced the infamous volcanic eruption. Surviving this eruption was the topic of his lunchtime talk at Geography Society.