Monday, 24 October 2016

SPA Geog complete volunteering in a River with Thames21

Image result for thames21 logoSPA Geog Year 8-11 

volunteer along Foots 

Cray Meadows with 


Team SPA Geog Year 8-11 volunteering with Thames21.

The SPA Geog team Year 8-11 worked with Thames21 along the River Cray in Foots Cray meadows on Saturday. 20 students learnt about hydrology of the river whilst working to create soft engineering solutions to erosion of the river bank. Using waders the students in some areas were up to waist height when cutting fallen trees to remove them from the channel. Amy, Eljay and Franklin did superb work in this area removing the branches. 
Amy and Eljay remove a fallen tree.
Whilst others were working, Year 11s Kevin and Klaudia had time to be fashion icons displaying the latest in SPA Geog clothing range; the Geography Hoodie. Please see the display board on ways you can get your hands on one of these! 

The students need physical endurance when using the sledge hammer to knock the stakes into the river bed and also team work to bend the willow around the stakes. The aim was to create a willow wall to protect the bank of the river from erosion. 

Team work makes the dream work. 

Placing plant mating in the river.
As you can see from below, the day was a complete success and students were able to identify key ideas on river hydrology which is the next topic to be studied in Year 9 and be recapped on in Year 11. Our rewards for hard work go to Nikola in Year 11 and Franklin in Year 8. Once again the students are a credit to the school and the community in which they volunteer their services. Well done to the SPA Geog team and Mrs Cogan and Ms Gregory for dedicating their time to enrich the lives of our students. 
Franklin receives student of the Month for September based on his effort in volunteering (he didn't do this all day!)

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