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Gold and Bronze at IESO for TGGS Team

Our intrepid Geologists have just returned from competing in the International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) 2017, an annual competition for secondary school students that tests their abilities in disciplines such as geology, meteorology, environmental science, and terrestrial astronomy.


The schools invitation to attend the 11th IESO, held in Nice and Valbonne Sophia-Antipolis, marks the first time that the UK has been represented at this prestigious event. Competing against national teams from around the globe, the team was thrilled to take part and more than pleased with their success. Rachael Smith gained an individual Bronze medal, and Victoria Ashworth achieved a Gold Award in the Earth Systems Project.


Head of Geology, Gordon Neighbour, said “it is a real honour for us to have put together a team for the Olympiad, to see our students working together with students from other countries, and competing for the first time. We are extremely proud of them all and grateful for the opportunity to showcase the importance of Geoscience Education in the modern world.”


The IESO raises interest in and public awareness of the Earth Sciences. A key difference to other International Olympiads is that in addition to competing, students take part in two co-operative activities (the International Field Team Investigation and the Earth Systems Project). These allow students from different nationalities, diverse cultures and varied backgrounds to work together.


The opportunity for the high achieving team to become involved is the result of continuing collaborative work between the Centre International de Valbonne and Torquay Girls’ Grammar School. They were fortunate to receive sponsorship from many organisations to enable their attendance. 

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