Our beautiful outdoor classroom was designed by Landscape Architect Manual Smalis. Manual is a parent at our school and we are blessed to have had his input.
We were also extremely fortunate that a parent in our school Marcin Plictha, works in Mid-West Tyres and he kindly delivered a total of 90 tyres. Nobody could have imagined where all these tyres would go or what the result would have looked like, but the results are truly magical. Mani’s ideas were so imaginative. We worked with Hawthorn Landscapes to take the concepts from paper to the garden. We knew the plans looked amazing but once the landscapers began their work the garden came to life. From the ribbon forest, to the bamboo water feature and from the tactile path to the outdoor wind instruments, pupils in the garden can enjoy a stimulating multi – sensory feast.
The Sensory Garden is dedicated to the Stockil Family of Catherine Street. Denham Stockil was a pupil in 1907 and his four daughters attended Saint Michael’s. We hope that the name will live on here in the space created by their support.
This year is a very unusual time in our lives. We are living with a pandemic. The Board of Management decided to take the project one step further and sanctioned the addition of an outdoor classroom space for teachers to bring their class to enjoy outdoor learning opportunities.
We have no doubt our pupils will have fond memories of the time they spend in the magnificent outdoor wonderland that has been created.