7 Sep 2018

West Island Geography Team Awarded the SGQM with Centre of Excellence for Fieldwork

We are excited and delighted to announce that the West Island Geography Faculty has been felicitated with the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) award by the Geography Association (GA).

The SGQM is a prestigious award that recognises quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development and learning and teaching in schools. All the awarded schools undergo a rigorous moderation process, and the National Moderation Team were hugely impressed by the manner in which schools are continuing to embrace new and innovative approaches to teaching geography. The SGQM recognises student attainment, progress and achievement in geographical knowledge, understanding, values and skills, and sets expectations about the quality of teaching in geography. It promotes effective subject leadership and management, helping subject leaders raise the standard of geography in their schools.

In 2018, nine schools were awarded the coveted Centre of Excellence status. West Island School is the only school from Hong Kong to be felicitated with this prestigious award.

The schools awarded Centre of Excellence are pivotal to the GA’s desire to spread good practice through the development of local networks of teachers. This award recognises a school’s contribution to disseminating quality approaches to the teaching of geography, global learning and fieldwork. In Centres of Excellence, geography is managed by enthusiastic curriculum leaders who are able to inspire their colleagues.

Huge congratulations to the entire team and especially to Mr Murchie (Head of Individuals & Societies) on this incredible achievement!