Eastern Passage Education Centre Climbing Wall

Organization Sponsor: Halifax Regional School Board

Organization Partner: Capital District Health Authority -Public Health Services,


Program Description

Thanks to a recent Health Promoting School grant, EPEC has installed a new climbing wall. “The wall has quickly become a popular way for students to get active, challenge themselves, and have fun,” said Principal Bernie MacIntyre.

Grade 9 student, Emily Robinson, is one of the original members of the Health Promoting School Committee. The wall climbing expertise she gained at Ground Zero in Burnside helped the school when it came time to complete the grant application, and again when the climbing wall was being installed.

Students from grades seven through nine are lining up to try the wall at recess, lunch and after school. While wall climbing may look easy, it’s the strategy and level of difficulty you choose that makes it challenging.

Physical Education Teacher, Derek Bridgehouse worked with staff and students to develop guidelines on the appropriate use of the wall. “It’s wonderful to see more students in the gym enjoying this unique opportunity to enhance their own physical skills and abilities,” Bridgehouse said.

Program Approximate Cost: 


Funding Sources: 

Health Promoting School grant.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The climbing wall looks easy but it’s the strategy and level of difficulty you choose that makes it challenging.

Impact Of Program: 

This project being new caught the attention of the kids and line up are being created at recess and lunch times. Everyone in the school has tried it.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback from the school and participants.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

This activity requires a lot of practice to master and kids enjoy doing it over and over.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The coordination and planning with all the groups involved. It required input from the school staff and physcal education teacher.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This project was built in 2007.

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