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Lesmurdie Senior High School
Reid Road, Lesmurdie
Western Australia 6076
Principal Kerry Chipchase
As part of the Urban Studies unit, Year 12 Geography students, led by teacher Mr Ellery, set off for the annual excursion to the Central Business District and Northbridge in Perth.
After being dropped off in Barrack Street we went for a quick look at the new Elizabeth Quay development, and then moved up to St George’s Terrace to start the excursion proper. As we moved down the Terrace towards William Street we looked at the different types of buildings and their uses.
Moving on to the Hay Street Mall, we studied the urban uses found in that section of Perth before picking up the bus again and moving up to West Perth where we compared the land uses in that part of the city.
The next stop was James Street in Northbridge. Again we compared the land uses found here to the previous locations. This was also our stop for lunch at the Old Shanghai Food Hall in James Street where the food was quite lovely. A quick stop at the ice cream parlour across the road wrapped up our lunch break.
After lunch we moved down through Northbridge along Lake Street and some other side roads before looping back along William Street towards the Cultural Centre. Picking up the bus once again, we headed for our last stop in the East Perth development of Claisebrook before heading back to school, tired, but happy that an effective study day had been completed.
Whilst our Year 12 students were in the city, Mr Tonkin and the Year 11 Geography class went on an excursion to Perth Hills Discovery Centre as part of our current Geography topic on bushfires.
The day was spent with our tour guide, who started off with a presentation on the recent Parkerville/ Stoneville bushfire as a case study. We looked at the fire’s devastating impact on the surrounding area and the possible preventative solutions for the community in the future. This was followed by two bushwalks. The first was a site that had been impacted by a prescribed burn. We learned many new things about prescribed burns and how important they are to the environment, such as vegetation growth. The second bushwalk took us to a site that had been affected by the Parkerville/Stoneville fire. We completed a series of activities, which looked at how the vegetation had been impacted.
The day concluded with the tour guide taking the class on a bus tour of the surrounding area of Mundaring, showing us bushfire damaged properties, businesses and homes. We discussed measures that can be taken to mitigate the effects of bushfires on our own homes.
Overall, it was a very informative and interactive way of learning about such an important topic to us, being in a bushfire prone area. It made us think more carefully and seriously about how we can take steps to prevent the impact from such a common hazard. We had a really great day and would definitely do it again!
Holly Goates, Year 11
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