St Marys School

Umbaco has been asked to rejuvenate this tired school courtyard with a focus on diverse use of space, using natural play elements. Our brief  from P&C was to create a place to ”inspire with unique experience for children” while fitting into the school’s curriculum.  In collaboration with the parents’ representatives this rather tight courtyard has been transformed into a playful oasis including a performance stage / lunch seating / hang out / veggie garden / sandpit and the ‘boat’. Custom made elements based on our concepts have been further embellished by students themselves.  The ‘boat’  named S. M. Friend-ship stands proudly in the centre with a unique flag and balustrades decorated by the students.  "...this is an amazing way to learn and I wish I was here from Kindy" ... was only one of many comments by students.


St Marys School


North Sydney


Catholic Education Office
St Marys School and P & C Committee
Budget $ 110 000



Key Consultants

Umbaco Landscape Architects
Contractors : Urban Landscape Projects / Timber Creations