Following her outstanding result in the recent National Geography Competition, Year 11 student, Jessica Warren has been selected as the Western Australian female representative in the National Geography Big Week Out Competition, to be held in the Northern Territory next month.

Jessica is one of only 16 students across Australia invited to attend the annual Geography’s Big Week Out, with invitations going to the top-performing Year 11 male and female student from each state and combined territory based on their Australian Geography Competition results. The annual Australian Geography Competition assessed secondary school students’ geographical knowledge and skills.

Geography’s Big Week Out is a five-day event which will see the 16 selected students focus on fieldwork, spatial technologies, and analytical skills. Following the Big Week Out, the top four students will then be selected to go on to represent Australia in the International Geography Olympiad in Bandung, Indonesia in 2023. Flights, accommodation, and meals for participants at Geography’s Big Week Out and the International Olympiad are met by the Competition.

“I am so excited for Geography's Big Week Out and learning about life in the Northern Territory", said Jessica.

"The thing I love about geography is that it’s a new way of looking at the world: the environment, different cultures, and connections between people and their surroundings.”

Lumen Christi College’s Head of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mrs Marrissa Pirie, is ecstatic that Jessica’s hard work has seen her earn the opportunity to represent WA, Lumen Christi College, and potentially Australia.

“Jessica has always demonstrated an aptitude for Humanities and in particular Geography”, said Mrs Pirie.

“I am very proud of her achievements from a Geography perspective and as a College. I’m excited to hear how her adventure unfolds and confident that she will do Western Australia and Lumen Christi College proud.”

Lumen Christi College has participated in the Australian Geography Competition for the last three years with excellent results across the various student cohorts. As part of studies in ATAR Geography, students participated this year with over 70 000 students from all over Australia.