Geography examines how people interact with their environment.
Geography at HVHS is split between the study of topics about the natural environment and topics about the cultural environment - with case study material sourced from all corners of the world.
In Year 11, one External Level 1 exam topic is ‘Extreme Natural Events’. At HVHS we choose to study earthquakes including how they impact upon people and the environment.
The second External exam topic is ‘Population Concepts’ which includes looking at why people move and the implications of population growth or decline. This population topic includes case studies from both New Zealand and Asia.
The third External exam paper tests the student’s Geographic Skills.There is a syllabus requirement to study skills including mapping, graphing and interpreting key concepts. This paper is a Resource-based exam.
In Year 11, there are three level 1 Internal topics where students earn credits. At HVHS we select topics which include ‘The Global Pattern and Impacts of Malaria’, ‘The Issue of Ageing Populations in New Zealand’ and ‘Research on Land Use Change in Martinborough’. The latter research paper involves students in a one day field trip to Martinborough in order for them to gather primary data and listen to guest speakers to complete this assessment. Key skills that students learn here include research skills, analysis of data and writing skills.
(Left) Year 11 Martinborough Trip - Field Sketch of Changing Land Use
The courses at Years 12 and 13 build upon the geographic knowledge, concepts and skills studied during Year 11. Geography has a key role to play in our understanding of the world as a whole, while challenging students to identify problems and solutions relating to a diverse array of situations.Year 12, students study Volcanism as part of a ‘Large New Zealand Natural Environment’ for their External. At Year 13 students study ‘Tourism Development in Rotorua’ for the Cultural Process External. Students at these Senior levels also study a variety of topics in order for them to complete Internal assessments for credits.
The Year 13 Rotorua field trip looks at the process of tourism development.