Aims & Objectives
- Understand the Earth we inhabit, and enable students to recognize and interpret, from a spatial perspective, the arrangement of phenomena and features on Earth, the processes at work, the interactions that occur, the changes that result, and the issues and management responses that arise;
- Develop the general intellectual capacity and generic skills needed for lifelong learning through geographical enquiry, and the ability to apply these in life situations;
- Appreciate the wonder, interdependence and fragility of the local and global environment, and the importance of promoting sustainable development; and
- Develop a sense of citizenship, a global outlook, and readiness to take action for the betterment of society, the nation and the world.
Curriculum (Junior Form)
- Map reading skills
- Urban land uses and sustainable cities
- Changing climate and changing environment
- Natural hazards
Curriculum (Senior Form)
The Compulsory Part
A. Living with our physical environment
(1) Opportunities and Risks – Is it rational to live in hazard-prone areas?
(2) Managing Rivers and Coastal Environments: A continuing challenge
B. Facing changes in the human environment
(3) Changing Industrial Location – How and why does it change over space and time?
(4) Building a Sustainable City – Are environmental conservation and urban development mutually exclusive?
C. Confronting global challenges
(5) Combating Famine – Is technology a panacea for food shortage?
(6) Disappearing Green Canopy – Who should pay for the massive deforestation in rainforest regions?
(7) Global Warming – Is it fact or fiction?
The Elective Part
(8) Dynamic Earth: the building of Hong Kong
(9) Weather and Climate
Overseas Expeditions: North Pole, Mount Everest, Amazon, Sabah Rainforest, Taiwan and Heyuan (Guangdong)
Several senior forms Geography students were honored to be the Earth Care Ambassadors of Yan Oi Tong in different years and they had received full sponsorship for the expeditions.
Service Learning: Beach Clean-up
Organized by the Wetland Park and the Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department, students gain an understanding of the importance of environmental conservation through serving the community.
Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark Field Trips
Visit and study the landscapes in the NE New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region and the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region
Local Field Study Camps and Field Trips
Study the geographical landforms and phenomenon they’ve learned and to explore the geographical issues with appropriate skills and value. For senior forms, familiarize students with the compulsory fieldwork-based questions in HKDSE examination.
Students visited the Hong Kong Observatory, Tai Mo Shan and King's Park Meteorology Station, T-Park, EcoPark, Kadoorie Farm, Jockey Club Climate Change Museum, Zero Carbon buildings, Sustainability Gallery (BU), Tai Kwun and Stephen Hui Geological Museum.
Workshops and talks @BHJS
Organized by the Hong Kong Polytechnics University, students attended the talk on ‘Developing HK as a World Leading Smart City with VR demo’. The Hong Kong Geopark School Program also provided minerals workshops and let students have hands-on experience of common types of minerals.
Exhibitions and drama @ BHJS
Geotechnical Engineering Office and the Planning Department are invited to hold the exhibitions on landslides and urban planning in Hong Kong respectively. A drama on Climate change (collaborated by Climate Change Museum CUHK and Ching Ying Theatre Company) has been performed for the junior forms students.
Students have enrolled in various competitions to apply their geographical knowledge and skills e.g. Weather Observation and Weather Photos Competition, NWS Hong Kong Geo Wonders Hike, Geography Olympiad, Fieldtrip Report Competition, Urban ecology ambassador training programme, HKU Student Knowledge Exchange Scheme - Take Action! Youth Biodiversity Conservation Leadership Scheme, Be a Town Planner – Teen Planners Group.