Outdoor classroom named in honour of former Junior School head

It was a day of celebration on Wednesday, May 29th, as the Trinity College School community gathered to dedicate the Junior School outdoor classroom to Barbara Winsor Piccini. Ms. Piccini retired as head of the Junior School in 2018 after 19 years in Boulden House. The TCS Parents’ Guild helped to lead a fundraising charge to enhance the outdoor classroom, which was created in 2006 under Ms. Piccini’s leadership. The outdoor classroom allows students to take part in hands-on learning about the natural world, as well as providing a beautiful space for learning and playing.

Jennifer Wyatt, current head of the Junior School, welcomed everyone to the ceremony, with guests including many Junior School families as well as Ms. Piccini’s husband Reno, son David ’06 and daughter Sarah ’09.

Grade 7 student Madison Miller, a member of the Junior School’s “Book Buzz” club, recited a poem in honour of the occasion and a group of Grade 8 students spoke about the history of the outdoor classroom. Then, Lisa Bailey, the TCS Parents’ Guild’s Junior School liaison, spoke about the premise for creating this gift in honour of Ms. Piccini’s service to the School and its students.

Headmaster Stuart Grainger also spoke warmly about Ms. Piccini and her commitment to education, before Canon Don Aitchison officially blessed the space. A group of Grade 8 students held up a floral vine that was created by students which Ms. Piccini cut to formally open the new Barbara Winsor Piccini Outdoor Classroom. Following remarks from Ms. Piccini, student representatives from Grades 5 to 8 presented her with gifts that symbolized the outdoor classroom themes.

“Book Buzz” club member Darcy Lanning recited a final poem and then Grade 5 teacher Heather McClure wrapped up the ceremony by inviting guests to tour each class’s area of the outdoor classroom: the Grade 5 “Sunflower Lane,” the Grade 6 herb garden, the Grade 7 orchard and the Grade 8 “Pollinator Paradise” and “Wild Water World” water garden.

Thank you to the TCS Parents’ Guild for its efforts and to all of the families who gave generously to support the enhancement of the outdoor classroom.