Planning and costs

Planning a Parable Garden themed day - Launton C of E Primary

Planning a Parable Garden enrichment project – Launton C of E Primary

Planning and costs

A typical Parable Garden project management outline for The Parable Garden enrichment programme and theme days: (ideally planned and delivered in partnership with the local church and community)

Stage 1 Planning (2 days)

Initial meeting

  • Brief Head teacher, staff and clergy on ways Parable Garden can support schools
  • Identify SAP, OFSTED and SIAMS priorities relating to Christian Distinctiveness, ethos, character education and spirituality
  • Decide upon ways that Parable Garden can support and enable through themed days, provision of collective worship resources for schools and clergy
  • Agreeing content focus for a series of assemblies (clergy, school and Parable Garden) and creative workshops and timetabling of themed enrichment day and follow-up
  • Discuss and agree how an existing garden area in the school or church could be enriched by Parable-themed art work
  • Parable Garden can brief staff team in partnership with leadership on how whole school community can engage with the vision and the benefits

Collaborative planning

  • Parable Garden in tandem with school staff and volunteers plan and resource content of workshops for ‘Parable Treasure hunting’ – a cross-phase creative workshop carousel for example ‘collaborative banner-making’ and Clay work, tree-planting, ‘pebble poetry’, ‘gardening the heart’ reflections
  • agree indoor spaces such as classrooms and school hall and outdoor spaces for delivery between staff, clergy and Parable Garden team
  • agree workshop leaders, finalise resources, set up and clearing up

Preparation – Headteacher and clergy-led assemblies

  • Clergy Assembly – The Parables – keys to finding the treasures of God’s Kingdom
  • Headteacher Assembly – Growing character and ethos – The Parable of the Sower

Stage 2  ‘Treasure Hunting with Parables’ partnership delivery (1 day)

  • 8.00 – 9.30am set up
  • 9.30 – 10.00am Parable Garden whole school Assembly introducing ‘Treasure Hunting with Parables 
  • 10.00 – 12.00pm Treasure Hunting with Parables – creative workshops carousel
  • 1.00 – 2.30pm Treasure Hunting with Parables – creative workshops carousel
  • 2.30 – 2.45pm  Creative reflection on learning and spirituality –  ‘Gardening the Heart’
  • 2.45 – 3.00pm Whole school Celebration – with songs, pupil feedback and closing prayer
  • 3.00 – 4.30pm clearing up and debrief with staff, plan next steps

Stage 3 Follow-up (2 days) 

  • debrief meeting with Headteacher, clergy and staff as appropriate
  • staff and pupil evaluation – in staff meeting and class assembly
  • finishing and delivering artwork for example banners and claywork (firing)
  • supporting staff in using artwork displays  in school hall and in garden areas e.g existing reflective gardens that can be used as Parable Prayer Gardens
  • discussion around embedding use of the banners and parable prayer garden activities in Collective worship
  • using Parable Garden resources in Collective worship linked to the church calendar – for example Rogation to revisit the Parables and reinforce ethos

INSET training for RE Coordinators Diocese of Guildford

Proposed Time frame 

Parable Garden can support a school in planning, delivering and completing an enrichment project through investing five days timetabled to suit the school which includes planning, resource preparation, delivery of a themed day with two assemblies and a creative workshop carousel, completion of artwork, follow-up and also resourcing via the website.  Further days for example for INSET training in using resources can be arranged separately.

Cost guidelines 

Parable Garden charges c. £1500 for five days planned to fit a school’s calendar, excluding travel expenses and workshop materials.  We want to support schools where ever possible and so will happily discuss ways in which we can cut costs.

To find out more about what we offer or to discuss ideas you may have please contact Parable Garden by clicking here or by emailing: