When students returned to Gill St. Bernard’s in late August, they found the campus had undergone some changes over the summer months. The most visible is the new Field House, which was completed just before school opened. Although already in use, the facility will be officially dedicated at Family Day on Saturday, September 24.
Other highly visible changes include the addition of a new Tinker Space in the Lower School. Made possible in part by an allocation from the Parents' Association, the Tinker Space houses everything from blocks and LEGOS to iPads and 3D printers. It will allow students to extend classroom learning in a space dedicated to discovery, innovation and creative problem solving. To create the Tinker Space, existing office space within the Lower School was thoughtfully redistributed and repurposed. The end result is that the Lower School office is more visible and its new location near the front entrance makes it easier for children and their families to stop in as they come to school each morning.
The floor of the Athletic Center was resurfaced over the summer, including the Dan Hoffman Memorial Court. The court design is mirrored in the new field house. In addition, both athletic facilities were outfitted with key-fob technology to provide additional security after school hours. It is expected that the key-fob system will be extended throughout the campus.
On the Home Winds campus, improvements were made to the pasture, and water and electricity were brought to that area. Over the summer, the school acquired rabbits and additional chickens, and two new beehives and cattle will be arriving in the near future. In addition, the 12 quail that Teri Cosentino’s sixth-grade class saw hatch last spring have been joined by 16 new quail.
Beyond the major improvements this summer, the GSB maintenance staff was also hard at work undertaking routine improvements. Paths were resurfaced, floors upgraded and walls repainted. As you make your way around the 208-acre campus, take a minute to notice improvements large and small.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.