Local school reaches nationwide geography competition final


St James Senior Girls’ School is delighted to have been selected as one of the ten finalist schools for African Adventures’ nationwide School Geography Challenge Live Final.

Two Year 10 pupils from St James, Clemence Blanchard and Isabella Wright, are looking forward to joining their peers from competing schools for the final challenge to be in with a chance of winning a trip to Kenya.

Last term, St James’ pupils explored the topic of international development and were tasked with creating an Aid Action Plan in response to the impacts of El Nino flooding in Nakuru, Kenya, a town in which African Adventures supports community school projects. The school’s best two entries were then chosen and submitted to African Adventures’ competition before the Christmas holiday.

The School Geography Challenge, supported by OCR, STF and Kenya Airways, provided St James Senior Girls’ School with the perfect opportunity to showcase its budding geography students and increase their understanding of the challenges faced by many developing countries around the world and, in particular, Kenya.

The team from St James Senior Girls is now looking forward to joining the other finalists at the live final in March to compete for the incredible prize of a trip to Kenya, for four pupils and two teachers in June of this year, to volunteer at one of African Adventures’ partner projects. The pupils and teachers will get to face the realities of the developing community they have been studying in the School Geography Challenge.

“We felt that this competition was a wonderful opportunity for pupils to learn more about the sustainable ways in which we can manage hazards such as flooding. It gave pupils the chance to empathise with the people of Nakuru and really engage with their plight and consider the best ways in which to help them,” said geography teachers at St James Senior Girls’ School, Alastair Horsford and Helena McDowell.

“The fact that our pupils have made it through to the final is a wonderful credit to them and a real bonus on top of the excellent activity all of our Year 9 and 10 pupils took part in.”

St James Senior Girls’ School is an independent school for girls aged 11-18, based in Kensington Olympia.

African Adventures is a volunteer travel company that provides humanitarian and financial support to 27 partner community school projects in Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar. Responsible and ethical volunteering is vital to African Adventures’ work and they aim to provide meaningful and rewarding experiences that bring reciprocal benefits to both the volunteer and projects involved.

For more information on the School Geography Challenge contact Rachel Northover on 02381 780957.

If you would like to find out more about African Adventures and their school volunteer trips to Africa contact Joe Pearson on joe@african-adventures.co.uk

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