Over the past 5 years, Hilder Road State School students restored their creek and used this custom-made website to learn about their local environment.

In 2017 Fish Creek 4061 began the new water quality testing initiative, which empowers students to learn about, scientifically test and take action for their creek.

The unique Fish Creek 4061 education program, which is aligned with the Australian Curriculum, ensures teachers can easily deliver environmental learning into their classroom. Think Global – Act Local.

This project is 100% volunteer run by people who care about their local environment and community, and hope to pass that care on to their children.

Education Program

In conjunction with the creek rehabilitation, an education program was developed to support students to understand the impact of the work they were doing down at the creek. By adapting their Curriculum learning to centre around the local area, the Fish Creek team’s education specialist created resources that better engage students in their everyday classroom work. On the Teachers Resources page you will find numerous educational resources that have been custom written for the Fish Creek 4061 program. By keeping learning local, educational outcomes are significantly better.

This website was created as a local resource to compliment the education program, and also to provide the community of The Gap with a place to share local history, cultural, and environmental knowledge.

After researching the area and website the students had to design an outdoor classroom that was sustainable and compatible with the wildlife

Year 6 Teacher

Hilder Road State School

We’re so lucky at HIlder Road to have this – great connections for outdoor classrooms and STEM learning.

Year 4 Teacher

Hilder Road State School

I have taken the children to Fish Creek this term for Science. We went on a field trip to make observations about whether we thought it was a healthy or unhealthy habitat.

Year 4 Teacher

Hilder Road State School

I personally think the website is awesome and such a unique piece of work for a community to have put together

Year 3 Teacher

Hilder Road State School

Creek Rehabilitation

In 2014, an Everyone’s Environment Grant was secured to restore the bank of Fish Creek that adjoins Hilder Road State School.

The number of volunteers who have given their time

Over three years students, teachers, families and the local community have rallied to clear weeds, dig holes, brave all kinds of weather, and plant local species along the creek. It’s been tough work, but a lot of fun at the same time.

The number of metres squared weeded and replanted

Now in 2018, we are starting to see the rewards with plants becoming established and thriving. Proceeds of prizes awarded to Fish Creek 4061 will fund professional maintenance of the rehabilitation site for several years to come.

The number of local native plants added to the creek site

Water Quality Testing

The Water Quality Testing program started when the Fish Creek 4061 staff teamed up with staff from SAS Laboratories (Urban Utilities) at the end of 2016 through to the end of 2017. SAS Laboratories generously gave their time free of charge to work with the Fish Creek 4061 team to provide environmental education for the students at Hilder Road State School for a year so they could improve the health of their creek.

During this year, education resources were made so that the students could ask and answer the questions:

  • Is my creek healthy?
  • What can I do about it?

Every month Year 5 and 6 students, class by class, came down to Fish Creek, and undertook a 1.5 hour workshop with the SAS laboratory experts learning about aquatic ecology of the creek and collecting and recording the results they would need to take considered action later.

The monthly data (field and lab results) have been uploaded on to the Fish Creek 4061 website for teachers, students and community members to use. This, combined with an easy to follow step-by-step guide, means that anyone in the community has the means to test their own waterway.

At the end of 2017, members of the Fish Creek 4061 team went in to all of the year 5 and 6 classrooms to support the teachers analyse the data with the students and decide what areas the creek needed help with. The teachers followed this up by supporting their students to propose and undertake a solution. By the end of the year, all students knew why they should improve the health of their creek and how to do it. Even better, students carried out their plans and carried out a variety of initiatives to help the creek.

Would you like to become involved in the project, or find out more?