Feeling Sad Assembly


Feeling Sad Assembly


Feeling Sad Assembly for Primary Schools

Feeling Sad Assembly for Primary Schools. This script was largely ‘prompted by’ Time to Talk Day Thursday February 4th – a joint initiative run by MIND and Rethink – addressing the taboo around mental health – people still tend to feel uncomfortable talking about it.

As this was written for primary schools, the language is of course simple as is the message – emphasizing that sadness is part of life, something we should all talk about and not feel embarrassed about.

I have included a ‘poem’ that I wrote – called ‘It’s OK’. I normally suggest poems I’ve come across in poetry books but I couldn’t find any on ‘sadness’ per se – plenty on reasons for sadness – but none on just sadness itself. This ‘poem’ is just a collection of thoughts. For a ‘proper’ poem see Only a Passing Cloud by Patience Strong (I’ve just come across this one)

I have followed this script up with one for secondary schools/adults – Good to Talk – a conversation between two people. (In 2 Speaker Scripts section of website)

Cast of 30 – easily adaptable up or down

Duration – around 5 – 10 minutes

Feeling Sad Assembly for Primary Schools Sample Texts:

First Sample Text

Music 1 Everybody Hurts – REM

(Children file into assembly, taking seats in order of speaking, along two rows of 15 seats, facing audience)

Narrator:             Good morning and welcome to our assembly on Feeling Sad.

(Enter Clown)

Clown:                  Hey! What’s up, people?

(Nobody smiling)

Hey! Time to turn those frowns, upside down!

Narrator:             Actually, I’m going to ask you to take your seat again.

(Narrator leads Clown back to seat)

Narrator:             Fooling around, making people laugh – there’s a time and place for that. But not now.

(Clown jumps up again)

Clown:                  But these are children! They need to be laughing and smiling!

(Narrator patiently leads Clown back to seat again)

Narrator:             No, they don’t. You see, being happy and jolly is fine. But so too is being sad.

(Clown jumps up)

Clown:                  But nobody wants to be sad! (Spluttering) That’s …. That’s just wrong!

(Loud sigh from Child 1)

Child 1:                 Oh do please sit down and perhaps we can explain.

(Clown reluctantly returns to seat)

Child 1:                 We are all sad from time to time.

Child 2:                 It’s part of life.

Child 3:                 It’s part of the human condition.

Child 4:                 And you know what? It’s actually OK to feel sad.

Child 5:                 Sometimes, however, we feel we have to hide our emotions.

Child 6:                 Pretend we’re OK – when we’re not.

Child 7:                 It’s much better if you’re feeling sad to share it with someone.

Second Sample Text

(Child 15, Molly, walks over to a chair, placed to the side; she sits with her head in her hands)

(Everyone goes quiet)

Clown:                  Hmm. She doesn’t look very happy.

Child 16:               Oh that’s Molly. She’s been like that for a while.

Narrator:             Really? Well, why didn’t someone tell me?

Child 17:               We’ve all tried being nice to her

Child 18:               We’ve asked her what’s wrong

Child 19:               But she just tells us to go away.

Child 20:               Nobody can say we haven’t tried.

Narrator:             So why didn’t you come and tell me?

Child 21:               We thought you’d be cross.

Child 22:               We thought you’d think we’d been mean to her.

Child 23:               We were all worried about getting the blame.

Narrator:             So, you thought it was better (pauses) just to leave her?

Child 24:               Well, that seems to be what she wants.

Narrator:             Hmm! We’ll see about that.

(Narrator walks quietly over to Molly and taps her on her shoulder)

Narrator:             Molly? Are you OK?

Molly:                   (Looking up) Oh, sorry. You startled me. Yes, I’m fine, thank you.

Narrator:             Don’t you want to come and join your friends?

Molly:                   No, thank you. If it’s all right with you, I’d rather be by myself.

Narrator:             Oh I understand. But if you change your mind, you know where I am.

(Narrator walks back to a seat at the opposite side, and sits down quietly)

Narrator:             (To cast) Now. It’s very important I have no interruptions. Do you understand?

(Whole cast nods)

(Molly slowly raises from her seat, bringing it with her to sit opposite Narrator)

Molly:                   I just wanted to apologise. I wasn’t meaning to be rude. I know everyone means well. But I just can’t be with people at the moment. I just want to be alone.

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