St John Bosco College
External spaces are an integral part of a child’s school experience. Not only do they provide a space for play and recreation, but also create an opportunity to extend the learning experience to the outdoors. Ecoscape has used this design philosophy to create a variety of external environments for the students and staff of St John Bosco College, catering for classes from kindergarten through to senior high school.
Stage One was opened in 2015, with facilities for early learning and lower primary classes. Ecoscape’s landscape design reflected this, incorporating play areas aimed at young children including sand pits, play equipment, low turf mounding and a ‘road’ pathway for ride-on cars.
Stage Two of St John Bosco College catered for children in the middle and upper primary school classes. The landscape here includes more complex play equipment, spaces for outdoor learning and performance, and an open grassed area and hardcourts for sport. A constructed ‘stream’ collects stormwater and functions as nature play elements. Salvaged site logs are recycled as stream crossings creating a site-specific element.
Stage Three and Four provide facilities for high school-aged students, and this is reflected in a landscape with a greater focus on informal gathering and outdoor learning. A series of interconnected ponds provides the adjacent science classrooms with an opportunity to conduct experiments and observe aquatic life, while the internal courtyard is used as an outdoor classroom environment, as well as a space for students to mingle between classes. A small amphitheatre provides a venue for performance and gatherings.
9 Stirling Highway
North Fremantle WA 6159
+61 8 9430 8955
Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation. We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.