Geography students from Farrer High School tested their geographical skills and knowledge against students from all around Australia in the 2017 Australian Geography Competition.

Geography teacher Dave Olrich said he had recently received the results and was pleased with how our students had performed.

“We have a number of student geographers at our school who performed to a very high level in the competition this year with Bradley Froud, Ned Hoath, Stuart McAdam & Nick McNamee finishing in the top 1% in their year level across Australia.

“Over 70,000 students from 743 schools across Australia entered the Australian Geography Competition so the results give us an external benchmark as to how our students are going in certain aspects of geography,” he added.

Bernard Fitzpatrick, the Competition’s national coordinator, said; “The Competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence.”

“Geography is an important subject which develops a student’s understanding of the spatial interrelationships between people and place. It helps students appreciate the complex nature of local, regional and global social, economic, and environmental interactions,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.

High-achieving Year 11 students from the 2017 Australian Geography Competition will take part in a six-day training/selection event, Geography’s Big Week Out being held on Kangaroo Island, South Australia in early October this year. From this event, four students will be chosen as members of the team which will represent Australia at the 2018 International Geography Olympiad in Quebec City, Canada.

The Competition is a joint initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, and in NSW it is sponsored by Macquarie University.

L-R: Bradley Froud, Ned Hoath, Stuart McAdam and Nick McNamee