Geography fieldtrip to Stratford, London

image005Last Friday the Upper Sixth geographers visited Stratford to examine the planning legacy of the Olympic Park. 

We were fortunate that this fieldtrip was led by the current President of the Geographical Association, Bob Digby, who is an expert on urban issues in this part of London. Decisions to improve the quality of life in this relatively deprived area were evident in sport, retail and transport led developments.

A significant feature of the day was investigation of the contrasts in the urban environment. This required evaluation of Fish Island, unchanged for over a hundred years; the modern Stratford and Westfield Centres; the rapidly changing 2012 Olympic site, being redeveloped as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; and Crossrail. Each of these planning schemes will have a significant impact on the urban geography of East London.

Susan Webber ‘The Olympic Experience’

Framlingham College’s Senior Deputy Head and double Olympian, Susan Webber shared her experiences and highlights of her participation at the Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004) Olympic Games, when she captained the South Africa ladies hockey team.

Susan, who joined the College in September 2011, provided an insight into what it took to get to the top of her game as an international sportswoman from the age of seventeen.

Susan described her top two career highlights as meeting Nelson Mandela and stepping out into the Sydney Olympic Stadium in front of 90,000 people. Susan talked in depth about how she was able to transfer her skills from international sport into a career in teaching. The audience listened intently and Susan finished with a question and answer session.

A fantastic evening was had by all and it was great to hear that Susan will be taking on a corporate hospitality role at London 2012 in the summer.