Canterbury’s Prep – Year 4 Student Easter Garden Pots | Telling Easter’s Traditional Story…

During Term 1, Canterbury’s Junior School students in Prep to Year 4 have been creating their very own Easter Garden Pots, to help them tell the traditional Christian story of Easter at home these holidays.

College Chaplain Father Dan Talbot visited the classes during their Canterbury Kitchen Garden lessons, and explained their potted gardens required the following features:

  • A mound to represent the Hill of Golgotha where the crucifixions occurred.
  • Three stick crucifixes, including a larger central cross, for Jesus who died on ‘Good Friday’.
  • A buried empty smaller pot to represent the tomb where Jesus’ body was placed.
  • A pebble path leading to the empty tomb, on which Mary walked and discovered that Jesus was Risen.
  • A rock representing the boulder that was rolled away from the entrance of the tomb, revealing the tomb was now empty.
  • And green growth which reminds us that God is still working and creating in our world today, just as we can still grow ourselves, to be the person God wants us to be.

Canterbury’s Year 3 classes used actual grass seeds, but the other students used a ready grown sedum known as ‘Blob’.

“The Easter Story is a message of Hope and Love, and these Easter Garden Pots are designed to encourage our students – with their parents and families – to discuss the story over this Easter break,” Father Talbot said.

“These living, growing gardens can work alongside other popular Easter symbols such as eggs – which are a symbol of new life, and even the chocolate – which reminds us how sweet it is to have Jesus in our life.”

In line with Canterbury College’s Anglican values, during these garden-making lessons, students and families of all faiths and religions were acknowledged as being very welcome at the school.

Students engaged strongly with these innovative outdoor religious lessons, and they really enjoyed hearing about the traditional Christian story of Easter.

“There are so many Easter symbols, but it’s great that this year, our younger students have an actual garden to take home with them,” Father Talbot said.

“Hopefully it helps those Canterbury families celebrate the real reason we have Easter in our homes these holidays, and keeping the gardens moist and healthy, should bring some extra ongoing joy into each household.”

Canterbury College wishes everyone a happy and holy Easter, and that the story of the Easter Garden will help you discover the Hope and Love that is offered by this traditional Christian story.

And make sure you check out our video to see so much more of the fun that we had making our Easter Garden Pots.