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Our weekly assembly and ‘Shine a Light’ blog

Date: 11th May 2020 | By: national

Gratitude for rainbow heroes everywhere

Today we are thankful to people who demonstrate real courage. In this unique period, the symbol of a rainbow brings us hope. We are thankful for the courage of our extraordinary nurses and doctors, alongside all people working in hospitals up and down the country.

Now, more than ever, we are grateful for our wonderful National Health Service, the NHS.  The Nightingale hospitals make us want to find out more about the brave and courageous Florence Nightingale. She came from a wealthy family and it was deeply frowned upon when she announced she wanted to look after sick people. Florence knew it was her calling.

‘Don’t miss all the beautiful colours of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold.’

Sometimes, it takes real courage to go against what people tell you. In life, it is important to stand by what you believe in and follow your dreams, like Florence Nightingale did. Join us in today’s assembly and find out why she became known as ‘the lady with the lamp’.

She was a ray of hope for poorly people, just like the Nightingale hospitals are today. Out of darkness comes light. Florence wanted to serve others who were less fortunate than her and she gave up her own life to do just that.

This is a bold act. She had great courage, strength and determination. We give huge thanks to Florence Nightingale and the whole of the NHS. There are many Florence Nightingales up and down the country and today we say: ‘Thank you’.

Mrs Hart’s Rainbow rays of sunshine!

  1. - ‘40 Fantastic Rainbow activities for kids!’ Rainbow rice, rainbow gloop and even rainbow ice! From rainbow pasta necklaces to making a rainbow cake, this site really will keep the whole family colour happy for days! Join their Facebook page for even more ideas.
  2. - A tasty rainbow healthy fruit snack, rainbow rocks and pebbles to explore.
  3. - Rainbow Science projects creating real rainbows, prisms and discovering what makes a rainbow. Fascinating ‘moonbows’ and mirage facts to learn about. There are plenty of other super science experiments to check out on their home learning centre, including bubble making, flower dissection and a solar water purifying lesson!
  4. - Construction and rainbow paper craft, I particularly like the rainbow arch and button ideas!


‘Search for the hero inside yourself!’

On Friday 8th May, people celebrated VE Day, Victory in Europe! It is 75 years since the end of World War two. In these challenging and unusual times, we remember the many brave and courageous soldiers who fought to give us the freedom we enjoy today. It is important to continue to remember and say: ‘Thank you’. We give thanks to people like Captain Tom Moore and the great ‘Johnny’ Johnson. They risked their lives to serve others. In our assembly join us for a ‘VE’ day afternoon tea party celebration!

‘The greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow.’

One of my favourite films of all time is ‘The Wizard of Oz’. I look back and see that Dorothy was a courageous person. She knew exactly what she wanted to do and would not let anyone get in her way! Not even a nasty old witch! You have to believe in yourself, search for the hero inside. During our assembly we celebrate Dorothy and all that she stood for!

‘Every storm in your life is followed by a rainbow.’

You could try writing your own rainbow rap all about seven things you are looking forward to. Have a rainbow family supper including food from the seven colours of the rainbow or hold a garden rainbow parade with everyone dressing in rainbow colours! Anything to add colour into our lives!

Here at ‘Child of Wales’ we say a huge thank you to all our Sponsors who support us in our mission to recognise inspirational, brave and courageous young people who live amongst us.

We show gratitude to all of our past and present rainbow heroes. Remember to keep looking for the hero inside yourself.

‘Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true…’

E.Y Harburg


Mrs Hart, Adviser to Child of Wales.