It is no surprise that some of the best learning that we do occurs outside of the classroom. Not only is it more engaging for students, but it also makes learning relevant, exposes individuals to new opportunities, and finally, can assist in developing an interest in the environment and wider surroundings.

Last week a variety of History and Geography classes decided to get outside and get involved in some of the finest activities and experiences that Queensland has to offer.

The Year 10 Geography students, led by Mr Bernie Haughey and Mr Heath Mackintosh, journeyed down to the Gold Coast Seaway to engage in a hands on geographical inquiry of the coastal management systems that are currently in place. Together with volunteers from Griffith University, these Men of Learning examined the physical processes of the coastal environment, including the impact that erosion, transportation and deposition have had on this area. The men kept a record of their findings in their Field Study Booklet, and will devise a report from this. Not only did the these young men document their data, they also gained an awareness of the need to be informed and active citizens so that we can sustainably manage this coastal area for generations to come.

The Year 11 and 12 Modern History students, led by Mr Luke Vanni and I, ventured over to South Brisbane, to the State Library of Queensland. Here we were led by a team of volunteers who took us on an introductory tour of the Library. Following this, these men were able to access the resources that will assist them with their Historical Inquiries. The Year 11s are currently investigating the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and the Year 12s the Cold War. This experience not only highlighted to the students the vast array of resources that the State Library offers, but also the functionality of the library as a space for learning. Interestingly, the young men commented on the different types of people, from all walks of life, who make their way to this library for the general purpose of learning. Many men have already locked in dates for future visits, including individual and group study sessions.

Mr Vanni and I strongly encourage all students to log onto the State Library of Queensland website, to check out what is on, and what events are coming up. For example, the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation event includes a range of activities to commemorate 100 years of World War One and Anzac history, including a "white gloves" experience of original WWI treasures.

Mrs Katerina Tilley - Head of Curriculum - Study of Society and Environment