2020 School Information Package

Tweed Sand Bypassing (TSB) provides an engaging coastal management case study on both a national and international scale. Every year the sand bypassing facility, currently run by the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Company (TRESBCo), at Letitia Spit receives several visits from high school students who are using the project as a case study to learn about the coastal environment. In addition, TSB also regularly receives email from both high school and university students requesting information on different aspects of the project for their studies.

In an effort to assist with providing resource material, TSB has developed a Schools Information Package. This curriculum resource for secondary teachers has been developed collaboratively by Tweed Sand Bypassing and the Geography Teachers Association of NSW & ACT (and reviewed by Queensland Geography Teachers Association). The package provides a complete unit of study for the Australian Curriculum Geography Stage 5 NSW (Year 9 & 10) topic Environmental Change and Management, with a focus on geographical inquiry and 21st-century skills such as collaboration and creativity. The information package includes:

  • a checklist demonstrating coverage of NSW and Queensland geography curriculum content, including outcomes for NSW teachers
  • PDF documentation for viewing online and printing (can be printed as a mini textbook)
  • student activities integrated throughout (coded to levels of thinking)
  • a further reading and references section
  • graphic organisers for specific student activities
  • a printable stimulus booklet with student activities
  • a suggested fieldwork activity, adaptable to other locations
  • a suggested assessment task.

This resource was developed for teachers and students investigating the Stage 5 (Year 9 & 10) topic Environmental Change and Management. The sequencing of content and activities aims to build conceptual knowledge and understanding about coastal environments before developing critical thinking skills when applied to Tweed Sand Bypassing and Waikiki Beach case studies. However, the use of the resources and student activities is flexible, with opportunities for independent, group or whole-class engagement with the content.

The TSB School Information Package does not form an official part of the NSW or Qld Secondary Curriculum in any way and is resource material provided to assist teachers in using TSB as a coastal management cases study only. TSB hopes that the information provided is useful and welcomes your comment or feedback.

In addition to Secondary Curriculum specifics, the fact sheets and background information in the School Information Package is also useful to interested members of the public who are seeking some easily accessible information about TSB, and are not necessarily limited to those who are engaged in secondary education.
N.B. The Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project is also the primary case study in the chapter 'Marine Environments’, which makes up part of ‘Geography for the Australian Curriculum 10’ (January 2014). This text book is published by Cambridge University Press and is available for purchase here or here.

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