Mr Nathan loved to play soccer
Studio Z designed and oversaw the construction and installation of a memorial to commemorate the life of a very special teacher at Garden Ave Public School. The following is a speech which Zuzanna addressed students, parents and teachers at the memorial in June 2014.
"I think I speak for everyone; children, teachers and parents, that being greeted by the sight of Mr Nathan playing soccer every morning here in the sideyard with the children, was such a wonderful way to start the day. There was always a smile on his face, it was infectious.I would often hear him say to the children "Play On" "Play On".
In the early days after Mr. Nathan's passing a friend and mother sent me photos she had taken of him and there was one of him playing soccer with the kids in the sideyard. An idea began to form, a way for us to be greeted by him every morning in this space, his favourite space. I made a series of designs with his figure and the words Play On and sent it to Mrs Peterson as an idea. I didn't really expect it to go anywhere, I guess spending time designing this, tracing photographs and thinking of colors and shapes and how to mount it on the fence was my way of dealing with the grief. But days later I got a message from her saying "I love it, We've got to do this!" I am so thrilled that this was able to happen and I want to thank Mrs Peterson and the teachers at Garden who supported this. I also want to thank Mike Verity for so kindly helping with the installation.
The two words "Play On" are also significant because I know that Mr Nathan would want all the children he was so very fond of to keep playing here together, to learn, to grow, to remember him and to Play On."
The link for the Globe And Mail Article about Nathan Noel and his life can be found HERE.