2017 Australian Geography Competition

Geography is a subject which develops a student’s understanding and appreciation of their world, but in particular of the spatial interrelationships between people and place. The Australian Geography Competition challenges Australian secondary Geography students to demonstrate their skills in interpreting and analysing geographical information and rewards student excellence. Students compete for great prizes including entry to the International Geography Olympiad, a place at the 2017 Geography’s Big Week Out and, of course, certificates to add to their portfolio.

This year, it was the Year 11 and 12 Geography students who took part in the Competition, along with approximately 70 000 other students from 743 schools across Australia.

Students answered questions responding to data on cities, urbanisation, food production and water, all represented in a variety of graphic and cartographic forms (graphs and maps!).

We are very pleased with how are students performed. A number of our girls gained impressive results, considering that we had entered only 30 students into the Competition this year.

Equal First in Queensland was awarded to Susi Groves in Year 11 (she achieved in the top 1% of Australia). Susi goes into the running for a six-day event, Geography’s Big Week Out, being held on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. From this event, candidates will be selected for the International Geography Olympiad in Quebec City, Canada.

In addition to this exciting result, a High Distinction was achieved by Macey Fegan, Jasmine Robertson and Sarah Long. A Distinction was awarded to Grace Gaston and Credits achieved by Isabella Andrews-Smith, Sophie Marriott, Kristin Sonk, Leilani Mackie and Amy Scott.

The competition is a joint initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and has been sponsored by the University of Queensland and Macquarie University.

Mrs Wendy Bolton, Leader of Learning – Humanities and Social Science