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‘Young Explorers’ National competition success!

Following the curtailment of A-Level courses and the suspension of examinations, I felt it was important for our Y13 A-Level geographers to feel that their hard work was not wasted.  To this end, I encouraged them to use their fieldwork and investigation write-up experiences to enter a new national competition, ‘Young Explorers’ run by Geographical magazine. 

“At Geographical, we want to amplify the voices of the next generation of great geographers. That’s why we’re launching the ‘Young Explorers’ section of our website: a new programme that celebrates exploration, innovative fieldwork and inspiring projects.”

“The Royal Geographical Society is steeped in a tradition of exploration, celebrating the finest and most determined geographers who have changed the way we see the world. As the Society’s official magazine, we recognise the importance of young people in advancing geography towards new frontiers.”

“The new ‘Young Explorers’ programme draws inspiration from the ‘I’m a Geographer’ column of Geographical. The world’s great geographers have featured in the column, dedicated to telling the stories of the inspiring people that make a difference through their work. By featuring in the ‘Young Explorers’ programme, you’ll sit alongside names such as Simon Reeve, George Monbiot, Liz Bonnin, and Danny Dorling to name but a few.”

Students were encouraged to submit a summary of their geographical investigation, how it could make a difference, and where they wanted to take it in the future.  Shortlisted students were then contacted for an interview to provide further details.

It is with great pride, I can announce that Bonnie Ray-Smallcalder has won the competition and her interview will feature in the new ‘Young Explorers’ Column in the Geographical magazine in August.  Bonnie will also receive a free annual subscription to the Geographical monthly magazine!

This is an amazing achievement for an A-Level student to have their work sit alongside famous and respected geographers in this magazine with a global reach!  I know that Bonnie’s passion for environmental issues will ensure a lifelong connection with geography and the word around her.  I look forward to reading her interview in print in August.  For a sneak preview please have a look at the draft version of her interview here…

In addition to this Bonnie will become a published author.  An article regarding this from myself can be found  here.  Bonnie's submitted article can be found  here.

Mrs Milne
Head of Geography, RMGS


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