Geography students from Good Shepherd Catholic College have put Mount Isa on the map, testing their geographical skills and knowledge against students from around Australia in the 2021 Australian Geography Competition.
This year over 73,000 students from 727 schools participated in the event which Rachel Honey, the Competition's National Coordinator said aims to encourage student interest in geography and reward student excellence.
GSCC Geography students performed to a very high level in the competition with two students, Xanda Chiazzi, Emerging Leader in Year 7 and Ryan Philp in Year 9 awarded High Distinctions.
Zac McClymont, a Year 8 student achieved a Distinction and Savana Da Silva, Year 9 earned a Credit.
Fifteen other students also performed well with those from Year 8 bettering the Australian average in the areas of Knowledge, Application and Reasoning. All participants will be presented with a certificate acknowledging their level of achievement and their individual results.
Good Shepherd principal Kathleen McCarthy said the results were outstanding in an Australia-wide event.
"At GSCC Geography students learn about the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these, including the distribution of populations and resources and political and economic activities," Ms McCarthy said.
"Students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to undertake further studies and become agents of positive change in their communities.
Good Shepherd Catholic College Curriculum Leader Humanities Leigh Harding, intends to make this an annual event and grow the number of participants. Ms Harding thanked all the humanities teachers for encouraging students to participate and Gemma Kyle for administering the competition test.
In Year 11 the students have the opportunity to compete for a place at Geography's Big Week Out at a location somewhere in Australia, and from there a four member team is chosen to represent Australia at the International Geography Olympiad at an overseas destination.
The only condition of participation is enrolment in a geography class.
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