Our vision is for these spaces to be shared by Coburg North Primary School (CNPS), Coburg Special Development School (CSDS) and the wider community. We are incredibly lucky at CNPS to have valuable gardens, trees and multiple play spaces. We want to ensure we maximise the benefits of these spaces for our community and our environment.
The Parents & Friends Committee have been working tirelessly to engage our community in a range of successful fundraising initiatives for a playground. We are nearing a point when the efforts of these funds can start to be realised. To this end a small group of parents have been working together to come up with a bold and exciting initiative.
Thanks to a CNPS parent, we have been extremely fortunate to meet and engage the services of not-for-profit organisation Playground Ideas https://playgroundideas.org/ and through them, one of Australia’s leading landscape architects Jeavons Landscape Design https://jeavons.net.au/ to develop an early stage conceptual play plan. This will be a macro plan of the whole school site and include a cost estimate.
This concept plan will greatly enhance chances to leverage our school’s fundraising efforts through applying to state and local government and corporate funding opportunities; seek community partnerships and enable community buy-in. We will be able to stick this master plan on the front of our school and feel proud and united around what we seek to achieve.
Before Playground Ideas and Jeavons put their creative talents to paper, we are seeking input from the students, teachers and parent community on a number of key areas identified.
PLAYGROUND PLAN- OVERARCHING THEMES
Ideas gathered so far for each identified space (REFER TO SITE MAP)
1– Main entrance off O’Hea Street
2 – Little area (pirate ship and surrounds)
3 – Senior retreat (O’Hea St- new building courtyard)
4 - Central Plaza- Covered Area (old Ampitheatre- currently building site)
5 – New playground (site of old rock climbing wall)
6 – Entrance off Jersey Street
Areas 7 & 8 form part of the master vision for our school but will not form part of the scoping provided by Playground Ideas
7 – Italian kitchen garden and orchard with community hub
8 – Oval
We want to hear from you
We would love to hear what you think via the survey monkey link below. Let us know any high level points we have forgotten. Let us know the aspects that really resonate...
And remember this is the first step in the conceptualising process. There will be opportunity down the line, as funding is attained, to drill down into far greater detail for each space. Survey closes end of Friday 2 August.
We are very excited about our journey ahead.
Playground working group
Briar Stevens, CNPS Parent and Sustainability Committee
Lisa Berlingeri, CNPS Parent and Sustainability Committee
Sarah Kerr, CNPS Parent
Emma Hopkins, Parent and Sustainability Committee
Jackie Hanlon – Parent and Parents & Friends Committee
Tamara Heath – Parent and Parents & Friends Committee
Georgie Murphy – Parent and School Council
Margaret Corzo, Art Teacher
Carmel Post, Prep and Sustainability Co-Leader
Monika Gruss, Principal CNPS
Warren Tofts, Principal, Coburg Special Development School
Kerryn Cilia, Coburg Nth After School Care