Each year the College chooses a theme to provide a focus for the school year. The theme is a way to communicate the values of the College whilst promoting positive ideals within our community. This year’s theme is:

Stronger Together


At Tuesday morning’s Opening Worship Service, we started to explore our new theme by looking at John Chapter 15 Verse 5, which is about being better and stronger together in Christ.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

During the holidays, I went for a walk around a friend’s garden. In the garden he had vegetables, alongside raspberries, strawberries and numerous fruit trees heavy with lots of apples, pears, plums, grapefruit and lemons.

Talking to my friend, I noticed that some of the branches of the fruit trees were so heavy with fruit, that they were bending down under the strain of the extra weight they were carrying. So, my friend had used some pieces of wood to help hold the branches up.

My friend noticed that I was looking at this and he said to me, “If we want the fruit to keep growing and to ripen, so that we can harvest them, we have to make sure the branches do not fall down and break off the tree. If the branches break, we will not be able to eat the fruit and the branches will die if they snap off the tree trunk”.

This made me think… If a fruit tree, like an apple tree or a lemon tree, or even a grape vine is to produce a good crop, its branches need to be strongly attached to the trunk. If the branches are too heavy, or if the wind blows too hard, there can be problems. The tree is strongest if all the branches are strong and if it is amongst other trees in an orchard that helps to protect it from the wind.

As people we are the same. As our bible verse tells us, God is the vine, or the tree trunk and we are the branches. If we stay connected to God, we will grow and produce good fruit.

Therefore, if we at St Martins work together and help each other, we will grow and become a stronger community, provided we stay connected to our Heavenly Father. He has amazing things in store for us this year. So, let’s remember that we can be stronger together when we are connected to God.


I wish you all a fruitful 2020.


Alan Connah