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Spring is sprung

To think about the spring of our lives.

by Helen Levesley

Suitable for Key Stage 3

Aims

To think about the spring of our lives.

Assembly

  1. According to astronomy, spring begins when we reach something called the vernal equinox (21 March), but for most of us it has something to do with what we can see.

    Just think for a second, how do you know that spring is on its way? Is it buds on the trees, lambs in the fields, small ducklings or any other baby animals, daffodils or flowers poking their heads out of the cold earth, white and pink blossom on the trees?

    Either way, it is about new beginnings and fresh starts. Spring is the season when it all starts again. The first season in another cycle of the year.
  2. I would like you to imagine for a moment, if you can, that you are a bulb in the ground where it is completely dark – there is no light at all. All you know is that you are growing and stretching outwards and upwards. After what seems like an age, the earth you are pressing against suddenly gives way. Although small, a shoot bursts up from the ground that has been hard and impenetrable for so long. You see the sunlight and feel the warmth.
  3. That must be quite a feeling, going from being caged and trapped to being free to move in the open air. This idea can be used for many things, including describing the way that we all came into the world. The birth of a human is very similar, growing and developing in a confined space, and then entering into the world.
  4. Spring is, as I said, about a time of new beginnings. After the darkness and coldness of winter, we enter a season that brings warmer, longer days, with lighter mornings and evenings. Things do not seem so bad. It seems that animals that hibernate, like bears, have the right idea; they go to sleep for those cold months and wake up again in time for warmer days.
  5. Some people are affected by the short days and lack of light in winter with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Hopefully, spring is a time when they begin to feel better. Even if that isn’t you, you’ll know the feelings that come with a warm breeze or the sight of bright yellow or purple crocuses, when everywhere seems to have been grey for so long.
  6. Spring is also a time of growth and change. Winter can be a time for reflecting and thinking about yourself and your life, perhaps about change. How have things changed for you? Can you act on those things? What will your spring be like? Will you continue to trudge along in the same way, or will you be like the flowers and the daffodils, happy about the changes to come, and to embrace them and wave around in the spring breeze?
  7. Spring is something to be excited about, even if it is just to appreciate that this last winter has been one of the coldest for many years. We can start to look forward to the next season of summer. Don’t forget about spring, though; look at nature and appreciate how it comes to life and how that buzz of activity can be the same for you too.

Time for reflection

Signs of life

Reaching new beginnings

Internal and external change

New and exciting

Good times ahead for everyone.

Music

‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’.

Publication date: 2009   (Vol.11)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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