How do we create and grow a sustainable garden within the school?

Year 9
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Problem / Challenge

The school currently has a small kitchen garden.  Students who study hospitality prepare and cook meals for the school and wider community. However, over the long summer break, plants in the garden did not thrive. By building a larger, more productive and sustainable garden, we can provide the school kitchen with fresh herbs and vegetables.


In groups, your task is to design and create a garden which will grow in a sustainable manner in a school environment so that it does not need attention during the holidays and weekends.


Australian Curriculum Links


Science Understanding

Science Inquiry Skills

  • Formulate questions or hypotheses (ACSIS164)
  • Plan an investigation (ACSIS165)
  • Select and use appropriate equipment (ACSIS166)
  • Analyse data (ACSIS169)
  • Draw conclusions (ACSIS170)
  • Evaluate conclusions (ACSIS171)
  • Critical analysis of information for solving problems (ACSIS172)
  • Communicate scientific ideas and information (ACSIS174)

Design and Technologies

Technologies and society

  • Social, ethical & sustainability considerations (ACTDEK040)

Food and fibre production

Materials and technologies specialisations

  • Characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment (ACTDEK046)

Design Process

Digital Technologies

Processes and production skills

  • Develop techniques for acquiring, storing and validating quantitative and qualitative data (ACTDIP036)
  • Analyse and visualise data to create information  and address complex problems (ACTDIP037)
  • Design and validate algorithms and programs (ACTDIP040)
  • Implement modular programs using an object oriented programming language (ACTDIP041)
  • Plan and manage projects (ACTDIP044)


Measurement and Geometry

Statistics and Probability

  • Numerical and categorical variables in primary  and secondary data collection (ACMSP228)
  • Measures of central tendency and spread (ACMSP283)

School Overview

Clarence High School is a co-educational government secondary school located in Bellerive, a riverside suburb of greater Hobart, Tasmania. The school has around 500 students in Years 7 to 10.