Colour Me Red

Age Range: 2 - 16
By: Derek Issacs

Students participated in the following assembly for Valentine’s Day.
As Valentines is to do with the feelings of love, and red is the predominate colour, we called it Colour Me Red!!
Fundamentally, it allows students to explore feelings through song, colours and personal statements on how to deal with specific negative feelings – although positive feelings are also included.

We chose Eurythmic songs (mainly because I am from that era, but your students could locate songs from the present music scene). I have included the lyrics, or part of the lyrics that we sang.

Blue to equal sadness

Blue, the colour suits you
Cool blue
How can we stay this way for ever
Blue again
It’s the lasting chill
To keep you cold as winter

How can I forget you baby
Never gonna give you up, up I said
How can I forget you darling?
Never gonna give you up, up I said

Here it comes again
Here it comes again
Here it comes again
Ohhhhhhh OW!!

Straight after the song, which was sang by all, a student would give a self-written speech about ‘feeling blue’, and how it is ok to ‘feel blue’, and of course, what to do when you are ‘feeling blue’

The students sang: No Fear, No Pain, No Broken Hearts next

Well in the morning
When our day begins
And it feels like cold cold steel
And when the sun comes up
It's like a new commotion
You say nobody told you
It would feel like this
No Fear, No Pain, No Broken Hearts
Give Me No Fear, No Pain no Broken Hearts

Another student would then talk about different aspects of love and colours associated with that such as red etc.

Then another student spoke about how colours are associated with feelings: Red for love or anger; green for jealous/envy; etc.

Finally, students finished off with a small poem chanted in unison…

Colour me Red
Colour me Blue
Feelings for me
Feelings for you

Up and down
Left and right
Feel, feel feel
With all your might

At the end all shout

COLOUR ME RED!

Some students then went among the audience (classes) giving out red hearts with self-written messages of love on them.

Engaging the students in assembly practice, gives lots of opportunities for the students to engage in discussions about feelings, and feelings they might be having. As a teacher, it can open your eyes. The grand finale, the assembly itself, is magical if you put a lot of effort into practice and decoration.

One of the saddest aspects of that day, February 14th, 2005, was that the ex prime minister of Lebanon was blown to pieces as we ended the assembly (we are in Lebanon), and was the beginning of a very bumpy road which till now, ended in the summer war of 2006. Hopefully, the assembly helped students with their feelings during that and on going uncertain times here in Lebanon.

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