St Anthony's School Hampstead

St Anthony's Girls School Hampstead

Our Ethos

St. Anthony's aims to provide high quality education in a caring, supportive and Catholic environment, infused by Christ's Gospel, in order that each of our pupils is able to develop fully as an individual, well-adjusted to the wider community.

Year 7 Geography trip

This has been another successful year for St Anthony’s Geography Department. We punch above our weight, passing on our passion for all matters geographical and enriching the curriculum with interesting field trips, including to Kingswood in North Wales. This year saw the keen-as-mustard Year 7 geographers journey to Colomendy for their Common Entrance primary data collection. At two sites, each pupil produced a fine, fully annotated, sketch map of the weir and meander further downstream. The boys’ visit coincided with incessant rainy weather, which, as efforts were focused on a river study, meant the need for careful preparation. Twenty-six boys and four staff spent action-packed days studying the River Alyn in an area of outstanding natural beauty so little known about. I saw this valley, with its own microclimate, for the second time and it is breathtaking.

The excursion was a useful and worthwhile extension of pupils’ Common Entrance Geography studies. The survey was completed and a rather rain-soaked group returned to the centre in the evening, having developed a detailed understanding of river processes. Of benefit to the boys was the opportunity to carry out their own measurements of downstream changes such as channel gradient, discharge, velocity, width, angularity of rocks and load to further their understanding of fluvial processes and issues. Measuring rivers means getting into them, seeing how deep they are and whether one’s waders are up to the job!

It was a really enjoyable trip for both boys and staff, with great opportunities for team-building. There was a sense that we had genuinely enjoyed each other's company!

Law Chinodzama

Head of Geography