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Year 11 Biology Students Visit CRAM Foundation

Nothing equals a field trip to stimulate interest for a given subject. Clearly, Ms Mulhall, our Director of Learning Science, is convinced of the positive impact of educational visits on students’ learning. To this end, she and her team, Mr Bower and Ms Cuadrado, organised a visit for Year 11 Biology students to the CRAM Foundation in El Prat de Llobregat on the 28th September.

The CRAM Foundation (Fundació per a la Conservació i Recuperació d’Animals Marins) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and the research and conservation of marine species and ecosystems. This Ecology trip was intended to raise awareness of the conservation of our seas and oceans, thus supporting the Summer Project work carried out by the pupils linked to their Biology IGCSE course.

During the five-hour visit, the students participated in several activities related to conservation and the effects of human activity on the environment in a local setting: a workshop, a field work on pollution on the beach, a visit to the turtle sanctuary and a video about illegal shark fishing. “It was amazing to see the enormous turtles which had been rescued and how they had been rehabilitated in the CRAM centre. The video on illegal shark finning was disturbing and really hit home to pupils about how human activity is endangering so many species”, Ms Mulhall said. “It was the first time we ever visited the centre but we will definitely go back next year. I think it is a very positive experience for the students for several reasons and they really enjoyed it and learnt a lot.”