Father Fenlon Catholic School
Durham Catholic District School Board

The new Father Fenelon Catholic School, located in Pickering, is a two-storey building with accommodations made for future additions on the second floor. The school includes three kindergarten rooms, two special education classrooms, an art classroom, a science classroom, a music room, twelve classrooms, and a library resource centre with space for a computer lab. There is also a double gym with a stage as well as storage and change rooms.

 

The design of the school is based upon an efficient linear layout, which provides continual passive supervision of student spaces. A large central foyer welcomes students, staff and visitors and is easily monitored by the administrative staff from the adjacent office.

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DESIGN ELEMENTS

Unique to this school design is the “pod” concept which encourages collaborative learning. Clusters of classrooms share a “pod”. The pod includes two sinks with bubblers and computer stations and provides students with a shared, interactive space but also centralizes the use of technical resources. Classrooms on the second floor that do not share a centralized pod have been designed to still encourage collaborative learning by providing direct connections to other classrooms.