St Aloysius Catholic Primary School

Play Area: St Aloysius Catholic Primary School Playground areas

Where: Chisholm, NSW

Architect: Marilyn Woodland

Installed: 2015

Elements: Two sandpits with balance/seating retaining walls, water play trough, two timber play/balance creatures, rope climb, slide, tyre swing, balance beam and steppers, and various climbing features – including cattle ramp, notched log, and ladder

Surfacing: Mulch, sand and grass

St Aloysius Catholic Primary School is a progressive Catholic school, with a vision of breaking out of traditional passive schooling and creating an inspiring environment where students feel motivated to engage, explore, imagine and learn.
The play areas had to reflect this style of open learning, and move away from the rigid prescribed play of average school play equipment. The elements in this playground can all be used in multiple ways, open to the child’s interpretation, and are based on natural play. They form part of the wider landscape and use natural materials and open planning to draw children in; to explore and use the whole playground in whatever way they imagine, while maintaining safety standards.