The TrueTube assembly script on Valentine’s Day is certainly one your students will remember. It explores the three versions of the celebration’s origin, each one tangled with religious conflict and a few historical facts. It is true that St Valentine was a saint of the Catholic Church but different versions of how he came to uphold ‘the day of love’ have all fought for a place to be the true origin of the tale. The assembly script tells the different versions in a story like manner, careful not to miss out any gory details, or pagan myths that will engage the students. The aim of the three games in the script is to get students thinking about the true meaning of love and kindness, all through the effort of team work. The script also notes when and how to use the PowerPoint and films TrueTube has on the subject, paying close attention to which film would be most relevant at each time slot. So by the end of the assembly, your students will have had the chance to develop their team working skills and will have learnt a detailed account of the mysterious history surrounding the day. The four films all come from slightly different angles, underpinning an important factor within this large subject area. Philosophical, ethical and biological aspects of love and sex are put forward in the classic TrueTube form with young people relating to one another. By using the full range of these valentine resources, you are conveying valuable lessons about relationships to your students. Below, you will find the TrueTube film 'I think I know What Love Is', an intriguing clip to help you get started.
I did my first school visit to talk about TrueTube last week, and deliberately picked my old secondary school. A place full of good memories and familiar, friendly faces was a good starting point. Instead of interviewing three teachers for a few minutes each, I ended up taking four different classes ranging from year 7 to 10! Even though I was unprepared and nervous, my passion for the subjects and resourcefulness of TrueTube got me through, and I felt like I had done a really meaningful job by the end. I spent each lesson selecting a film from the site, and using it as a tool to start thought-provoking debate amongst the class. The positive feedback from the students and teachers has boosted my confidence dramatically - something I will need this year! It will hopefully be the start of many worthwhile school trips! If you would like me to come and visit your school, please feel free to contact me.