Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The geology under KEGS

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

KEGS - National Geology Challenge Runners Up 2012

A scratch team from Y13, Y12 and Y10 attended the National Finals of the Geological Society of London's National Schools Geology Challenge. Having limited time to prepare and even less practice of their presentation the team set forth to Burlington House in Picadilly to lock horns with three other schools from across England and Wales. The competition was tough, yet the boys rallied after a disappointing over-run of 9 minutes on their presentation to finsh strongly coming from 4th to 2nd finishing just two points behind the winners. A valient effort and given the presentation of a poster to display their prowess in the field the question on everyone's lips on the way home was "What happened to the Poster round?" ....... after all we were the only team to complete this advertised element of the competition.

William Smith looks rather stoney-faced at the result !

Y12 and Y13 tackle the Peak District

The year 12 and Y13 students visited the Peak district and surrounding area in late Februarty to complete thier coursework fieldwork. Despite the sun being low over the horizon the weather was kind and the students managed to complete and excellent visit to Mam Tor and the Castleton area, Litton Mill and Ravenstor, Apes Tor and Park Hall Country Park in Weston Coyney. The students experienced sediments ranging from deep marine turbidites to tropical marine reefs, from shallow marine lava flows to arid flash flood deposits. They obsergved, measured and recorded (and conquered !) dips and strikes, faults and folds and sedimentary logging.

Quality data collected and even higher quality coursework completed back at the ranch. Well done boys !