As a culmination of our study of the Easter Story, Prep V set out for the woods on Tuesday afternoon to gather materials to make resurrection gardens. We returned with our small bags bulging with moss, twigs, ivy leaves, bark and small stones. Back at school, we took over the quad, where we started to make our Easter gardens.
Firstly, we filled our foil trays with soil – some of us were lucky enough to have a worm or two for extra realism – then we added a small flowerpot on its side to represent Jesus’s tomb. We covered the pot with more earth and then got creative with our treasures from the woods. Soft moss was used to look like grass, and we used small pebbles to make winding paths up to the tomb. A large stone was placed to one side of the tomb to show that Jesus had risen and was no longer inside. Next, we carefully planted a viola in our gardens, gently teasing out the roots before pressing it firmly into the soil. Some of us added daisies that we found on the school field and artificial flowers for a splash of colour. Finally, we used garden twine to tie out twigs to make wooden crosses which we positioned firmly into the soil.
Everyone was pleased with the results of their hard work. Eni summed the afternoon up by saying, “I enjoyed this because we could be extremely creative and add anything we liked.” Kevin said, ” I really like my garden, and I also enjoyed finding all the materials in the woods.” Elissa was pleased with, “How it looks realistic,” and Tommy Jack enjoyed that he could, “Explore and have an adventure!”
Well done to Prep V for their imagination, creativity and enthusiasm, and their excellent behaviour in the woods. We are enormously grateful for the gardening expertise of Mr Suter, who guided us through the task so patiently. A special mention must also go to the under-gardener Hamza Ahmed, who helped tidy up so conscientiously afterwards. Thanks too to Mr Rooney for accompanying us on our woodland adventure.
Happy Easter everyone!