Building Partnerships One Timber at a Time

An amazing partnership is about to be constructed and unveiled at Kingsway Park Public School! Thanks to a grant from the Ontario Power Generators and the unique skills of a teacher and students from Queen Elizabeth District High School in Sioux Lookout, Kingsway Park Public School will have the opportunity to learn in a new outdoor classroom. And this isn’t your average outdoor classroom either!

“The outdoor classroom is a massive timber framed structure hand crafted by the students at Queen Elizabeth District High School in Sioux Lookout,” says Darren Lentz, Principal of Kingsway Park Public School. “The structure created by the Sioux Lookout students and their teacher is an amazing structure that is a true piece of timber frame art. We are so proud and very thankful for this gift to our school.”

Under the guidance of timber framer and teacher Matt Culham, the Queen Elizabeth District High School students have designed, cut and test fitted the structure and are now bringing it to Kingsway to be raised. Over the years, the class have built other structures in the Sioux Lookout area. This is the first time that they have built one out of town.

“The uniqueness of students building for students was what sparked the idea and set it into motion,” says Lentz. “It has been a huge amount of coordination to make the project happen but it will all come together this Thursday and Friday as the class from Queen Elizabeth visits Kingsway to raise the Timber frame.”

Students at Kingsway Park Public School are excited to receive this amazing structure and have organized a warm welcome for the timber framing students from Sioux Lookout.

The final ceremony of the traditional bough nailed to the structure will occur on Friday, November 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.