The Currency Creek Custodian Program is designed to support and deepen our Year 3 students’ engagement with their learning across all learning areas, with literacy, numeracy skills being authentically applied and practised through carefully planned units of work in both Science and HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences), with nature serving as the classroom.
Through regular visitation to our Currency Creek Campus, students will learn from real-life contexts, better understand how they can contribute and shape their world, both now and into the future.
The benefits of the Custodian Program will also play a key role in our student wellbeing strategies, and be utilised as a source of inspiration in additional subject areas, including Arts over the course of the year.
The Currency Creek Custodian Program will focus on:
Immersion and Engagement in the natural environment.
- Encouraging a sense of wonder about the natural environment and a ‘want’ and ‘need’ to responsibly care for it.
- Engaging with the space using all the senses through nature journaling and other nature play based activities.
- Science based topics teaching about different plant and animal species and the connections within the ecosystems at the site.
- Learning about the history of the site, past uses and the story of how it has changed.
Taking Action to responsibly care for the natural environment.
- Exploring how our actions impact the environment.
- Monitoring of different plant and animal species.
- Observing and recording changes in the site over time.
- Propagation of local plant species to be used in habitat restoration at the site, and in the wider community.
- Entrepreneurship activities to raise money for other projects.
- Involvement in projects in the wider community and making connections with other organisations.
Sharing and passing on knowledge to others
- Hosting other groups of students/schools at the site each term to pass on their knowledge on different topics.
- Inviting parents/grandparents for a BBQ late night activity
- Presenting at Junior School Assemblies.
- Working with Year 4 Students on Sustainability projects at school – Kitchen Gardens, Cut flower gardens, recycling and waste management etc.
Involvement and Impact
Beginning with its inaugural cohort of Year 3 students in 2023, the vision of the Currency Creek Custodian Program is to build a sense of ownership and investment in promoting sustainability and caring for the land, sky and waterways which will remain with our learners for life. The opportunity to undertake learning immersed in the beauty of the natural environment promotes wonder and curiosity, and helps students to develop a deep appreciation for the importance of preserving our environment for years to come.