I thoroughly enjoyed the first meeting of the Parent Teacher Group (PTG) on Wednesday. It was a really helpful discussion which gave me real insight into how parents are currently thinking about a variety of aspects of the school. We considered issues arising from the Classroom Communications Representatives meeting and planned the events and activities for the year ahead. These two parent groups create a really important conduit in our efforts to gain parental involvement and improve communications and understanding.
At the PTG meeting I had the opportunity to describe our plans to upgrade our play and recreation spaces. This summer we initiated a three-year plan to upgrade our recreational spaces for students of all ages. I was able to show them maps and designs for several distinct areas. These designs came out of the discussions we held with parents last term.
We have started by expanding the play area for our students in Years 1 and 2, enclosing a portion of the grassy and wooded area next to their current play space. Over the coming weeks, we are planning to further develop that delightful new space. Our Middle and High School students, meanwhile, are already reaping the benefits of new spaces. We worked with Showa this summer to acquire an outdoor space for the students, which is the patio between the wings across from the school's main entrance. While the area needs further development, involving input from the students, the Middle and High Schools are already enjoying this new space throughout the day. Our new classroom spaces in the wing have also greatly improved the internal space for our older students.
Over the next few months we will be realizing our designs to upgrade the play space between the school building and the school fields, where the majority of our Lower School students spend their break. The tennis courts have been resurfaced and surrounding fence upgraded. As I write, a team is preparing to paint new lines on the court for tennis, basketball and other uses.
Hopefully, before the winter sets in, we will begin the transformation of the wooded spur to the right of the sports field. The first stage is to create pathways through the trees and construct an adventure fort where students can learn and play. The design for the fort is agreed and we are finalizing with a landscape construction team on proceeding with the earthwork and installation.
These are the initial developments of a 3-year plan which includes a complete refurbishment of the existing Early Years and Lower School area behind the main building, redevelopment of the Toddlers play area and a significant development of the gentle slope which leads down to the tennis courts and field from the main building.
While developing the physical environment of our campus, we are also investing significantly to improve the virtual learning environment. Following a thorough upgrade of our information technology systems throughout the school and the installation of iSAMS, our school Moodle site is now up and running. This offers a virtual learning platform that teachers can use to share homework assignments, additional learning opportunities and more. We hope you and your children now have the new emails and that you have had a chance to look around the Moodle site. This is a really exciting development and we look forward to sharing more and more resources on Moodle as the year progresses.
I look forward to sharing more updates on these projects from time to time. Meanwhile, I hope you had a lovely week and enjoyed the beautiful weather! Let's hope it stays like this for our annual Fall Fête which I look forward to seeing you all at on the afternoon of Saturday, September 26!