ST PIUS PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS GROUND



Architect:

St Pius Primary P&F

Builder:

Urban Retreats Landscaping

Manufacturer:

Bowral Bricks

Bricks Used:

Dry Pressed Gertrudis Brown

Building Contractor:

Urban Retreats Landscaping

Photography Credits:


St Pius Primary School Enmore, a small catholic primary school on a tight site, needed to make the small patch of grass and dirt the children used as a soccer pitch into an all weather sports ground.

A brick retaining wall to enclose an artificial turf field was designed as the solution. Brick in Bowral Bricks Gertrudis Brown was chosen for durability and to respect the predominantly brick architecture of the school with its first building built in 1905. All additional buildings, including the recent BER school hall have been built from brick.

The wall was built with a double bullnose header course to reduce the risk of injury to the children. Austral Bricks aware of the extremely tight budget for the project recommended using run of mill seconds bricks. The bricklayer achieved an excellent result considering the variety of bricks provided.

The St Pius Parents &Friends Committee raised money over a two year period and approached the Catholic Education Office to help fund the balance required to build the playing field.

The project was designed and managed by volunteers from the P&F with engineering services provided at nominal rates.
The sports ground was constructed during the school holidays ready for the official opening during Catholic Schools Week in March. The opening was attended by the children and teachers of the school, the P&F Committee, the Catholic Education Office and the sponsor of the goal posts Sydney Airports Corporation.

The all weather sports ground has been highly successful and has become a focus of the school community.