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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel


Geography is important because if you don't understand your surrounding environment, and don't consider the context in which you live, you will live a very narrow life indeed.  Geography opens your eyes to the world and allows you to respect other cultures and religions, whilst marvelling in the genius of the world's mechanics.  Geographyallows you to learn about all that is around you - surely this makes it the most relevant subject possible?
(Ceri Higgins)

“Without Geography you are ……nowhere! “


The aim of the Geography Department is to help young people make sense of the world around them and to introduce students to the ‘big issues’ facing us today. This enables them to have informed opinions in a rapidly changing world.

 Students are encouraged to become involved in their dynamic environment by the study of the physical landscape (rocks, landforms, weather, climate and ecosystems) as well as the use that people make of their surroundings by building settlements, earning their livelihoods and the contrasts between different countries at different levels of development. Process is important too, as pupils learn to understand what, or who, is responsible for change in the human and physical landscape and explore inter-relationships. Many examples from the local area, the British Isles, Europe and the rest of the world are used to highlight these varied topics. 


 Through the study of Geography the student should:-

v     acquire knowledge about locations and develop a sense of place

v     understand the important characteristics of the earth’s physical systems

v     appreciate the interaction of human activities and physical environments

v     have an awareness and appreciation  of human diversity

v     acquire a range of skills and competencies necessary for geographical study

In a rapidly changing and increasingly fragile world the Geography Department will prepare students to make informed decisions on issues such as:-

v     environmental responsibility

v     increasing global interdependence

v     cultural understanding and tolerance

v     the globalisation of commerce, trade and industry

v     development and underdevelopment

Our students will also leave with a range of transferable skills which can be utilised in the world of further study or employment.

Geography is the what of where. It is vitally important for understanding the world around us. Geographers question the world and seek to understand it, they explain why things are where they are. No other subject at school links so many factors together as one. Geographers learn vital skills like map reading, problem solving, decision making. They learn to link scientific factors alongside sociological, psychological and historical reasons for why the world is as it is. Geography is on the news everyday, from war in the middle east, to closing of factories in the midlands, to farming subsidy arguments in Brussels, to global climate change The list in endless. 
                                                                                                                (Francesca Carter)