The Geography Department recognises that fieldwork as a key way to carry out geographical enquiry in the real environment. It gives all pupils the opportunity to observe features and gather information first hand, in an active manner, often working with others. Hence, it enhances both their understanding of the subject and their personal and social development. Pupils also enjoy working outside the classroom and so motivation is increased.
Regular fieldwork activities occur in the department.
- S1 pupils are annually given an opportunity to visit The Royal Highland Show to help them fully develop their investigating skills and learn about Scottish framing.
- In S2 pupils carry out an environmental quality survey in the school grounds.
- S3 pupils can: visit Aviemore and The Cairngorms for a weekend residential visit or visit Aberfoyle and the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park to find out about the impact of tourism and conservation on the countryside.
- The current department has organised very successful residential fieldtrips to Switzerland, Jordan, The Gambia, Morocco, Borneo, Cambodia, Iceland, Croatia and most recently Peru (2016). Future plans include trips to Iceland (2016) and Borneo (2018). Since 2006 there has also been an annual trip to Yorkshire for limestone caving.
- Over the last few years Higher candidates have visited Dundee to extend their enquiry skills and knowledge of Urban Studies. They are also given the opportunity to hear the Christmas lecture in the Geography Department of Dundee University
- Intermediate students have the opportunity to go potholing in the Yorkshire Dales
- Fieldwork is a compulsory element of Advanced Higher and pupils are given an opportunity to extend their practical field work skills on a residential course to Kindrogan Outdoor Centre near Blairgowrie.
- The department is heavily involved in the school link with John Pickering School in The Gambia and have taken part in residential visits
- The department is also taking part in the Social Subjects trip to New York for senior pupils