Geography

The central aim of the Geography Department is to make the study of Geography relevant and worthwhile to the learners. It is important that links are made to up-to-date events and that learners can visualise and see what is happening in the world around them. Geography can be linked to many natural phenomena in the world today, such as earthquakes, floods, lunar eclipses and environmental issues just to name a few.

Teachers in the Geography Department feel it is important to continually refer to current affairs, be it in newspapers, magazines, the Internet or on television. This increases and highlights the awareness of what is happening in the learners’ own environment and on a global scale too.

Another aim of the Geography Department is to develop certain basic skills such as maths, writing, reading and speaking. In the senior standards, the learners need to interpret and express their own opinion in a convincing way. Learners are also taught the basic IT skills through projects and class exercises, to equip them for life after school and keep them abreast of rapidly growing technology. Interest in Geography is always well maintained through the numerous excursions offered and interesting projects set.

Field studies are also an integral part of the Geography syllabus and help learners to understand and evaluate the theory covered in the classroom.

Why study Geography? It can be a stepping-stone for further studies in various fields such as Biogeography, Climatology, Environmental Management, Urban Geography, climate change issues, soil erosion and land degradation, Geomorphology and Disaster Risk Management. There are many interesting and exciting options one can take after studying Geography.

Wynberg Boys' High School: Grade 10 Geography Excursion

Wynberg Boys’ High School: Grade 10 Geography Excursion 2014

Grade 10 Geography Excursion, April 2014

As we set off for Kenilworth station on 25 April 2014 to take the train to Kalk Bay, we could not have asked for more perfect weather conditions.

Accompanied by two of our Gap year students (Joshua Blatchford and Andrew Miller), boys were guided along the wave-cut platform from Muizenberg to St. James from where they ascended the St. James Steps to Boyes Drive. After a long climb, boys were rewarded with the beautiful sight of the False Bay and even had the occasion to meet an actual shark spotter!

The descent into the quaint village of Kalk Bay allowed the boys to meet some of the locals and gain first-hand experience of the primary economic activity practised in the harbour. This trip would not have been complete without allowing the boys to buy some of the world-famous fish and chips available (and of course, a delay on our return, courtesy of Metrorail).

It was an absolute pleasure being off campus with well-behaved boys who showed a keen interest.

Wynberg Boys' High School: Grade 9 Geography Excursion

Wynberg Boys’ High School: Grade 9 Geography Excursion 2014

Grade 9 Geography Excursion 2014

On 27 February, we took to the foot of Lion’s Head as the starting point of our excursion and after allowing the boys to view and experience the city’s many land-use zones and the geological make-up of Table Mountain as well as the kramat just below Signal Hill, we followed the contour path and traversed into the Sea Point area and ended the excursion with a refreshing swim at the pavilion.

Wynberg Boys' High School: Grade 8 Geography Excursion

Wynberg Boys’ High School: Grade 8 Geography Excursion 2014

Grade 8 Excursion 2014: How Geography Defines Cultural History

It has always been our philosophy that an excursion is not just an outing, but rather an experience during which boys are exposed to educational stimuli outside the four walls of the classroom.

The aim of this excursion was therefore to instil a cultural appreciation for History and the Arts. With this in mind, we headed to the Company Gardens on Friday 14 March 2014, to pay a visit to the Slave Lodge, the National Art Gallery and the SA Museum.

Not only was this a richly rewarding experience which the boys thoroughly enjoyed, but they were attentive, interested and their commentary was certainly very thoughtful. The one thing all the boys complained about was that “it was too little time” to see all they wanted, but each and everyone agreed that it was an experience they look forward to repeating.

The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the discovery by the boys that one of Wynberg’s very own Art teachers, Mr Essop, had a photographic exhibit in the National Art Gallery.