the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Destination Barcelona for Year 12 geographers
05 April 2019
Last week, Year 12 Geography students set off for a week of fieldwork in Barcelona, Spain. On arrival in the city, the girls headed to the famous Sagrada Familia. This basilica was designed by Antoni Gaudí and is still under construction, almost 140 years after the first stone was laid! The girls enjoyed a tour of the basilica, taking in the beautiful facades and the mesmerising light created by the stained glass windows.
The next day, the girls travelled from Sitges (the coastal location of our hotel) back to the vibrant city of Barcelona. The train journey to Barcelona included some spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. Once in the city, the girls set off to investigate El Raval, an area of the city that has undergone regeneration. The girls carried out a range of fieldwork methods to collect their data, taking in the sights of the city as they worked. The girls were given some free time in the afternoon to explore the city and many took the opportunity to explore the shops and cafés around the Plaça de Catalunya. That evening, the girls processed their data and began to think about how they could use the fieldwork techniques practised to conduct their own investigations back in the UK.
On the third day, the girls began their investigation into the coastline of Sitges, carrying out a wide range of methods to collate data about beach profiles, sediment alignment and much more. This information helped the girls to understand the decisions made by the local government regarding coastal management, and enabled them to assess the effectiveness of the chosen coastal defences. The girls were able to spend some free time on the beach and exploring the old town of Sitges. That evening, the girls processed data and considered how they might use statistical testing to analyse their results.
The final day was not wasted; the girls travelled to Park Güell, another famous landmark in the city designed by Gaudí. This was a fantastic opportunity to soak up some final
rays of sunshine whilst admiring views of the city.
Our second trip to Barcelona was most definitely a success and the girls all enjoyed the opportunity to carry out their fieldwork investigations in the sunshine. We look forward to our return next year!