Daily Archive for February 14th, 2014

St Valentine’s

Today the whole school gathered in the Hall first thing in the morning to eagerly follow what the year 4 class prepared for the special day.  The Year 4 pupils found their place on stage to animate the assembly. The topic chosen was closely related to the feast of the day: St Valentines Day. The assembly started off with the pupils sharing some information about who St Valentine’s was and his story.  To further understand the story a short video from YouTube was shown, this clearly summarised the story of the saint and the origin of traditions related to this feast. The pupils then sang a song as a class and at the very end we were all reminded that Love is also shown by our respect towards others.

Resources:

St Valentine’s – script with Fun Facts about St Valentines

The History of St Valentine’s Day – YouTube video

Hey Brother – YouTube Video


St Valentine

Flowers, chocolates, red hearts and lovely cards. That is what Valentine’s Day is all about, isn’t it? Well, maybe not. The origin of this feast of love is not romantic at all, at least not in the traditional sense.

It is the feast of St. Valentine. Valentine was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an Emperor called Claudius who did not like the Christians at all.  He also had made a law that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was because he believed that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers. Married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to their wives or children if they died during a battle. However Valentine had a different idea and he started encouraging soldiers to get married in the churches. He did not obey Claudius’s orders and secretly married a lot of couples. He was caught, imprisoned, tortured and, finally, put to death.