Benefits and feedback

weeding the garden

weeding and gardening the heart exercise

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”.

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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