Hey there

Last year my students did well in terms of achievement and merit endorsement but in all 3 levels failed to reach the “target” for excellence endorsement. So this is an obvious area I would like to develop. My question is does anyone have any strategies that may be of use?



Tropical Cyclones

Does anyone have a level 1 internal assessment i could use for Tropical Cyclones. I have been teaching earthquakes for the last few years and decided it was time for a change. My email address is: gaitken@tearohacollege.school.nz


Grant Aitken – Te Aroha College


How do you start the year at your school?

What things do you do to introduce Geography to your students?

Share your ideas here! We would love to know your thoughts.

I showed my class the map that IKEA are selling  (with no NZ on it) and we discussed whether this was a good thing or not. We had a good discussion.


Also, showed them this

and, we also looked at:

Was quite fun!



Annual General Meeting….

Date: Thursday, 14 March at 4.30pm

Venue: St. Cuthbert’s College


  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the 2018 AGM
  3. Chairperson’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Ratification of Subscriptions
  6. Election of Officers
  7. A.O.B

Nominations are called for, for the officers and committee for 2019.  These must include the name of the nominee, nominator and seconder.  Nominations should be emailed to this email address no later than 9am on Wednesday 6 March 2019.

Please note – we are looking for more committee members and a chairperson.

 Please note parking will be available in the underground car park on Market Rd.

AGM Minutes 2018

Are you ready for the new year?

Please let us know what you need for the new year and we’ll see if we can find/supply them.

It might be a new idea for assessment. A different or new field trip destination. A booklist. A way to teach a topic or a plan outline.

We are all here to help each other – let’s make 2019 the best ever.

Assessment specifications for 2019 are up on NZQA website


Level 1



Level 2


Note: Candidates are expected to be familiar with the Human Development Index (HDI).


Level 3



Scholarship Geography


In 2019, the examination questions and resource booklet will focus on the significance of geographic location in a global context.

Any idea what this might look like?