Benefits and feedback
Some of the identifiable benefits for schools of partnering with Parable Garden in enriching Christian distinctiveness, character education and spirituality through creativity and gardens:
- Harnessing creative gifts, creating opportunities for staff, clergy and parents to contribute creative ideas and activities in achieving overall purpose.
- Affirming creativity within each child and participating adults, through accessible, collaborative creative activities on the selected theme.
- Nurturing relationships and school community cohesion through shared creativity, team work between children and staff working together across different ages groups, partnership work between schools, local churches and gardening clubs
- Values rich learning journey – reinforcing Christian values through teamwork, deliberate integration of values in approaches to planned activities – and reflective activities.
- Creative Reflection – integration of accessible reflective activities for different age groups within practical sessions
- Continuing framework of support including prayer, facilitated classroom activities, access to on-line resources, review processes
- Prayer for the school before, during and after sessions, commitment to ongoing prayer and supporting embedding of vision through partnership work and access to web-based resources
Parable Garden Treasure Hunting themed day
Launton C of E Primary School
“It was lovely to see older and younger children partnering together and fully engaging in the different parable-related activities”.
“I did not see any bad behaviour but noticed a buzz of excitement as the children engaged with the different activities: sowing seeds, making clay models of seeds and birds, painting banners of the four parables and planting fruit trees in the school grounds”.
“A real sense of a community with both children, teachers and the local vicar joining together and enjoying a day of creative activities relating to the four parables”.
“The activities were nourishing the children and adults both spiritually and emotionally and hopefully they would have a better understanding of the four parables as well as a deeper response from their own hearts”.
Oxford Christian School, Oxford
“Thank you for showing us new ways to use the small church premises, creating and developing such a creative and wide-ranging project from a small garden. It has been wonderful to allow the juniors to regularly water the garden, watching the plants grow and the flowers blossom colourfully. We also did some dead-heading, remembering about the metaphor for pruning and spiritual growth” Teacher