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Biology at Hasting’s Point

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Week 9, Term Two, 2018

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Year 11 OP and IB Biology students embarked on an excursion to Hasting’s Point in Week 8. Despite an early downpour shorty after our arrival, the weather, although extremely windy, managed to hold off enough for all students to collect relevant data.

The field study included collecting data on different organisms in the area, the shape of the rocky shore landscape, and measuring several abiotic factors. Throughout the day, we all had the opportunity to observe how different organisms interact with their environment and the ways in which they live, whether it be in dense clusters or far apart.

The tide was rising from the moment we arrived and forced us all to work quickly as a team to gather data. It caused some minor havoc but everyone managed to record sufficient data in the end. When completed, students had the opportunity to spend some time enjoying the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of Hastings Point. Once we all arrived back at school, we began to process our results and draw profiles of the rocky shore using the data collected at the shore.

Overall, the day was very enjoyable. It would not have been possible without the guidance of our teachers, Mrs Leslie, Mr McLaughlin and Mrs McNeil. It was an amazing day and on behalf of the students who participated, I would like to say thank you, and we all really appreciate the time you spent preparing the day.

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