Our Spiritual Garden
Our flourishing Spiritual Garden was developed as a space where children and adults can experience stillness, reflection, find quiet and calm and to allow for prayer whilst also being able to explore ‘Big Questions’. It is a space which provides opportunities to expand and explore growth – spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and academically.
In 2019, every child, member of staff and volunteers from the community developed our garden area. Our flower beds and vegetable field represent areas of our local community that are special and important to us and our village. We are the proud winners of the Leek Town Council & Leek Allotment Holders & Gardeners Association ‘Best School Garden 2020‘.
This year, we are developing another area of our school grounds as a spiritual garden. Spirituality is primarily about relationships. It is about understanding the internal relationship within ourselves, and external relationships with one another and from a Christian perspective with God. This area will therefore be accessible to both the school and the local community so that we can grow in faith together and find our own ‘sacred space’. In our garden we hope to replicate and enhance the sacred pathways that we have within school by;
- developing outdoor prayer spaces using natural objects
- responding with awe and wonder about how we are moved by sights, sounds, smells and things that we can touch
- using visualisation techniques
- use stilling and Christian mindfulness techniques
- encouraging silence and enjoyment
- ensuring that the whole community feels welcome.
We are also planting an orchard to enhance our grounds and make further links with our community.
Watch this space to see how our third garden grows!