St. Patrick Elementary School Celebrates New Play Structure at Back-to-School Carnival
by Helena Tsitouras
As the new school year started, students at St. Patrick Elementary School were thrilled to discover that their new playground was complete. This addition was definitely not boring. Its design was based on careful considerations of students’ feedback and preferences.
A survey was conducted to gauge what type of playground St. Patrick students would like to see. The clear consensus was in favour of a ninja park or obstacle course concept. With this input in mind, a team of staff and parents collaborated to create an area that included truck tires, warped monkey bars, a wobbly bridge, tunnels, high bars, and a ninja jump structure at its center. “The kids have been having a blast trying out all the different structures,” said principal Dean Graddon.
While most of the structures were installed in early June, the final two pieces were put into place in August. The big surprise came when the students returned from summer vacation to find the playground fully complete, just in time for the annual back to school festivities!
The project was made possible through the tireless efforts of the St. Patrick Home and School Association. This dedicated group of parents worked hours to ensure the new playground would be built on time. To celebrate its grand opening and to mark the start of the new school year, the Home and School Association organized a back-to-school carnival. This year’s carnival featured inflatable and carnival games and a variety of food trucks. It was a fun day spent with the Saint-Patrick community.
Current and future students will continue to enjoy this unique and fun play space for years to come!