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Water Shaping Places - Stage 3


Students will learn the value of water, how water interacts with its environment and the importance of sustainable management. Through using an interactive river model, students gain an understanding of how rivers work, different components of river systems and how natural and human actions affect them - particularly in an urban context - and how we can apply sustainable environmental management practices to our water systems.

Learning Activities

  • Students will conduct water quality tests at significant catchment zones in the Garden and use their data to assess the health of the aquatic ecosystem. 
  • They will use topographic maps to describe the movement of water around the site and design water management strategies for the Garden. 
  • Students will also emulate active citizenship as they research and prepare arguments on behalf of community stakeholders in the allocation of water resources. 


Stage 3 Geography


Rathborne Lodge


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Investigate through fieldwork how natural and human processes influence the quality, distribution and availability of water as a resource. 
  • Use an interactive river model to understand the physical processes that form waterways. 
  • Understand the effect that uneven distribution of water resources has on people, places and environments. 
  • Discuss approaches that can be used to sustainably manage water resources and reduce water scarcity 
  • Understand the significance of water to First Nations people, and learn about sustainable water management practices 
Syllabus Outcomes


GE3-1 describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments
GE3-2 explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments
GE3-3 compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments GE3-4  acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry

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Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to 
•    ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
•    demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
•    inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we promote prosperity for the whole community, while protecting our planet for future generations.