Resources for Students and Teachers
Here you will find some useful tools and resources for both teachers and students that supports the information presented throughout the website.
Much of this information has been prepared by the Georges River Environmental Education Centre (GREEC). The GREEC offers programs, excursions and lessons for teachers and students and a wealth of information can be found on their website.
Council web pages are also a great source of information for both teachers and students, and many Councils offer school environmental education programs in the areas. Visit your local Council's website for further information and contacts.
The Georges River in the School Syllabus
Learning outside, at and around the river, is an excellent and motivating way to show the practical application of theoretical learning; maths and language become meaningful!
In some syllabuses fieldwork is a mandatory requirement. At every level, students can use the Georges River to conduct their own investigations, set up a hypothesis to test, make judgements based on the results of observing, questioning, planning predicting, testing, collecting, recording and analysing data.
The river also provides an excellent opportunity to consider cultural diversity and the diverse range of stakeholder expectations regarding river use and management. The catchment forms a very significant part of the traditional lands of the Dharawhal nation, and the Dharawhal continue to have a living presence. Today the river runs through some of the most culturally diverse suburbs of Australia, with people from every part of the world now considering the Georges Rivers as part of their place.
Below is an outline of how the Georges River can be used and incorporated into the syllabus for all Stages.
Stage 1 (Kindergarten-Year 2)
For “Local Places” and “Growing and Changing”, there are opportunities to study:
local waterways, ponds, creeks and rivers;
what lives in waterways and how those living things grow and change;
how people interact with living things and the local environment.
In Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Studies of “Local Environments” can focus on:
The natural and built features of the Georges River catchment;
Significance in terms of the natural habitats it provides and the human needs that it meets;
If a study of National Parks (NP) is within the school program, Botany Bay NP where the Georges River ends, Georges River NP along the middle reaches and Dharawal NR, where the river starts, are great local case studies.
In stage 3 (Years 5-6)
Studies of “Interconnections” and “Global and Social Issues” can focus on:
The interactions between all living things, including people, and a local river can be used as the springboard for a broader study of rivers from other regions (eg. the Murray-Darling) and rivers of other continents (eg. the Ganges);
The way in which water is used, abused and managed, and particularly the potential for conflict in the allocation of such a precious and scare resource, which is a global issue.
In High Schools (Stages 4-6) studies of different aspects of the Georges River are particularly relevant to Geography and Science.
Biology, Senior Science, Chemistry and Marine Studies - requires studies of “Local Environments and Ecosystems” - Bushland, Wetlands and Rivers, the nature and significance of freshwater, estuarine and marine ecology and the measurement of parameters like water quality, all of which can be studied along the Georges River and it's tributaries.
Geography - requires students to study water, rivers and catchments. The sustainable use and management of resources and water within the Georges River Catchment, its threatened species and endangered ecological communities can be a focus of study. There are opportunities within the catchment to study “Interactions in the Biophysical Environment”. Its wetlands and bushland communities can be considered as “Ecosystems at Risk”. Local impacts of climate change, including the rise in sea level scenario, are particularly relevant.
Useful education and teaching links can be found below or on our Links page.
ABC Catchment Detox
- an online game where you're in charge of the whole catchment. Play Catchment Detox to see if you can repair a damaged river catchment and create a sustainable and thriving economy.
Environmental Education Centre
- The GREEC offers programs, excursions and lessons for teachers and students and a wealth of environmental information and links can be found on their website.
Australia - Teachers and Students
- Teaching kids about where healthy seafood comes from and how to maintain a healthy catchment is the aim of OceanWatch Australia’s latest project “Our Valuable Estuaries”.
- Sydney Water offers schools easy ways to save water and money, educate about water, and become water ambassadors in your local community.
- Streamwatch is a long running water monitoring program run in partnership by Sydney Water and the Sydney Catchment Authority (SCA).