Endings are new beginnings waiting to happen (School Assembly)

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Can you think of something in your life that has come to an end? What was it? Example answers: school holidays, weekends, clubs, attending previous schools, trips.

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How did it make you feel? Example answers:  lost, unsettled, sick, sad, scared, confused, excited.

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This story is about endings and new beginnings.

Ketcha was playing out in the yard, he lay on the soft grass watching the spike swifts wheeling and diving in the evening sky. He loved watching the graceful birds, they were like miniature jet planes dog fighting amongst the clouds. It was so very exciting when the glistening blue birds swooped down towards the ground and skimmed past him catching flies as they flew.

Ketcha loved being outside, he felt utterly at peace. A gust of wind swept through the garden showering the lawn with a fountain of pastel petals. Ketcha felt a shiver run down his spine,  it was not the cold that had caused the shiver but what that cool wind reminded him of. It was the bite of Autumn. Summer was fading and soon the holidays would be over, soon those long days of playing out all day would be behind him and soon the cold grey days of autumn would be all around.

There was a sudden call from behind the bushes and from amongst the leaves emerged his neighbour Mishcka. She gave Ketcha a cheeky smile, she was always sneaking through the garden border to surprise him. “Why so glum?”she beamed picking up on Ketcha’s sad mood.

“Hey, Mishcka,”smiled Ketcha, “oh, it’s  nothing,” he answered,  “I was just deep in thought,” he added.

Do you think Ketcha should feel sad about this?

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“Well don’t get thinking too hard,” joked Mishcka. Lets work on the tree house,” she suggested. The pair fastened up their tree climbing boots and made their way over to the bottom of the garden. The tree that they had built their house in towered high up into the sky, the crown of the tree spread out to make a perfect platform of foliage and branches. The top was  an extremely long way up and all that there was between them and it was a towering smooth trunk. Luckily the pair had their climbing boots. The suckers on their boots gripped the smooth bark securely, but even with their specialist shoes it would still take a long time to ascend the trunk. Ketcha turned the sucker power up to maximum and began to make his way up the tall trunk. The buildings below looked like doll’s houses and the other trees around appeared like little pot plants dotted around the toy like town. The mountains in the distance were grey and misty, he could just see the gleaming snow capped tops peaking above the cloud. Mishcka tightened the safety ropes, “not long now,” she declared. “You did remember the tools didn’t you,” she inquired.

“ All in my pack Mish, don’t worry,” replied Ketcha confidently. The pair had been working on their tree house for months but now they were against the clock. Mishcka was moving house at the end of the week and the pair wanted to complete their tree top master piece before she left. They had never really talked about Mishcka leaving but the thought made Ketcha feel sad. They had had so many good times together, he would miss having such a close friend next door to play with. Ketcha didn’t want the fun they had to end.

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Soon the pair were atop their tree top house. Hammering and hoisting, the work made Ketcha feel much better. They were fitting an emergency abseil line, which would allow them to get down from their house at lightning speeds and it would be fantastic fun too. The pair worked as a perfect team. “I’ve got some news,” declared Mishcka suddenly looking rather serious. “Dad has brought our move date forward. We are moving to the new place tomorrow. I couldn’t bring myself to tell you earlier while you were looking so glum.”

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Ketcha’s face dropped, “why does he want you to leave so soon?” he complained. “Doesn’t he realise that no one wants you to go.”

Mishka smiled, “don’t worry Ketch you can always come and visit, we won’t be far away and there will be lots of trees in the forest,” she declared pointing out towards the view. From this height the pair could see the forest in the distance where Mishcka was moving to. Even from so high up it seemed to expand on for miles. Ketcha couldn’t help but think that it would be a pretty exciting place for Mishcka to live. He decided to try to be a little happier for his friend, even though inside he was feeling so very sad. “You will have so much fun exploring the forest,” he muttered as he screwed in the rail for the abseil platform. “Think of the tree houses that we can build,” he puffed. Now that the pair had less time, they needed to work extra hard to try to reach their target of completing the house before Mishcka had to move. The light was beginning to fade and Ketcha lit the lanterns, he stood hand on hips admiring their work:  a sun deck with chairs carved out of logs, a growing area where they could cultivate their own tree top treats, the abseil platform, the sloping tin roof. The inside was just as full of fantastic creations: hammocks, hand calved tables, spy windows, a sky light and a soft sofa corner. The pair were extremely proud of their work.

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“Well, we did it!” beamed Mishcka as they carefully made their way down the tree trunk, leaving their masterpiece nestled in the branches above. Ketcha smiled. A flurry of leaves tumbled down from the tree top and a cool wind stroked Ketcha’s skin. He shivered as he remembered what that wind meant to him. Soon the holidays would be over, soon Mishcka would be gone and soon the care free fun times of playing outside all day would be but a memory. Ketcha spent so long thinking about these things that he didn’t even notice that they were getting closer to the ground, he didn’t notice when Mishcka said what a great friend he had been and how they could still see each other often, he didn’t really notice as Mishcka smiled, waved goodbye and crawled back home through the bushes of the garden border.

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What things could Ketcha be missing that he has to look forward to? Example answer-  his new neighbour, playing at Mishcka’s new house, playing with Mishcka and his other friends at school.

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As can sometimes be the case with such things it was not until Ketcha lay in the darkness of his bedroom amongst the soft blankets that he began to realise...  he had been so caught up in worry and memories that he was missing what was happening right in front of him! If he wanted to play with Mishcka he still could, if he wanted them to stay close friends then they could be, if he wanted fun care free days then they were his for the taking. Ketcha threw off his bed clothes and dashed into his parent’s room. “Dad,” he whispered, “wake up dad.” His father slowly opened his eye and smiled as he saw Ketcha’s face staring at him. “Are you ok son?” he inquired looking a little concerned.  “I’m ok dad, I just needed to ask you something that’s been on my mind.”

“Well better to get it out rather than keeping it bottled inside,” replied his dad smiling. Ketcha explained his day of worrying about the holidays ending and worrying about his friendship ending  and he explained how it was only just then lying in bed that he started to think about new beginnings. “Well I think I can help you out with this one son,” beamed his father. “Set your alarm clock for 7 am and get ready for an early start,” he winked. “Now no more worrying, you get yourself back to bed.”  Ketcha smiled, hugged his dad and then did exactly that.

The cheerful  beeping of the alarm woke Ketcha at exactly 7am on the dot. He pulled on his clothes and dashed down stairs to see his dad. His father was already loading up the transport shuttle. “Right are you ready?” he said as the transport shuttle hissed and slowly lifted off the ground.

“Ready,” smiled Ketcha. The shuttle doors slid open and they both climbed in. As the shuttle quietly floated along, Ketcha’s dad explained his plan.

Mishcka was exhausted,  she sat in her transport shuttle head knocking against the glass as she dozed. She had been up since 4am loading up the final pieces for their move. Her family all seemed far more excited about the move than her as they chatted about the fun they would have in their new home. Her dad sipped steaming coffee from his flask and announced that they would be there by 8am.

Ketcha’s transport shuttle pulled up amongst the trees. “Ok out you pop,” said his father enthusiastically. “I’ll see you at tea time.” The doors slid open with a fizz of cool air and Ketcha jumped out. A cold breeze whisked through the trees and this time Ketcha smiled because of what it reminded him of, the fun of campfires and cosy nights snuggled in the warmth, the new adventures that he and Mishcka would have and the stories that he was going to share with his friends back at school. It was now nearly 8 in the morning and Ketcha had to be quick, he used the reflection of a nearby puddle as a mirror and peering into the pure glistening water he marked his face with camouflage paint. He used the same shades of greens and browns that he could see in the trees and leaf litter all around him. Next he pulled on his sticky web suit. Imagine a suit made out of spiders webs and you will have a good idea of the suit that Ketcha pulled on. Ketcha rolled amongst the leaf litter and the leaves stuck fast to the sticky fibres of the web suit. Soon he was covered with twigs and leaves, he crouched amongst the forest floor vegetation perfectly camouflaged. He smiled.

In the distance Ketcha could hear the gentle hum of a transport shuttle, keeping low he skulked off into the bushes. The shuttle neared, it began to slow and the air brakes hissed as it descended to the ground in a cloud of dust. Ketcha could hear the familiar voices of Mishcka’s family. “So this is it,” declared Mishcka’s dad. “Our new home,” he said happily. From beneath the bushes Ketcha saw three pairs of feet rush off towards the house,  but one pair of feet remained still. “Come on dear” called back Mishcka’s father as he ran to be the first to explore the new house.

“One second”, replied Mishcka turning towards the forest.  Mishcka wandered amongst the trees, staring up at the beautiful towering canopy. The birds twittered and chirped, and the cool breeze rustled the branches. Mishcka looked sad. Beneath the bushes Ketcha stayed silent. Suddenly he burst forward from the foliage.  Mishcka jumped! Cheer up Mish he beamed. A broad smile swept across her face. “At my place you used to get to sneak up and make me jump and now here at your new home that is one of my privileges” ,chuckled Ketcha. “Now the question is where will we build our first tree house?” said Ketcha cheerfully. Mishka smiled again, her eyes twinkled and she nodded up towards the branches. Ketcha looked up at the tree canopy and there nestled amongst the leaves was the frame of not one but a whole village of tree houses linked with tangled ropes and ladders. “Oh wow,” gasped Ketcha.

“We’ve got our work cut out creating our own tree top village,” beamed Mishcka.

And so now knowing that endings are just new beginnings waiting to happen Ketcha and Mishcka began work on their new tree top village nestled deep within the forest. And the pair looked forward to sharing their adventure with their friends back at school.

Can you think of any examples of exciting new beginnings? Example answer-  new school year, a new book, a new game, a new teacher, a new pet, a new sibling, a new place, a new house, a new friend at school, a new school!

As can sometimes be the case with such things it was not until Ketcha lay in the darkness of his bedroom amongst the soft blankets that he began to realise...  he had been so caught up in worry and memories that he was missing what was happening right in front of him! If he wanted to play with Mishcka he still could, if he wanted them to stay close friends then they could be, if he wanted fun care free days then they were his for the taking. Ketcha threw off his bed clothes and dashed into his parent’s room. “Dad,” he whispered, “wake up dad.” His father slowly opened his eye and smiled as he saw Ketcha’s face staring at him. “Are you ok son?” he inquired looking a little concerned.  “I’m ok dad, I just needed to ask you something that’s been on my mind.”

“Well better to get it out rather than keeping it bottled inside,” replied his dad smiling. Ketcha explained his day of worrying about the holidays ending and worrying about his friendship ending  and he explained how it was only just then lying in bed that he started to think about new beginnings. “Well I think I can help you out with this one son,” beamed his father. “Set your alarm clock for 7 am and get ready for an early start,” he winked. “Now no more worrying, you get yourself back to bed.”  Ketcha smiled, hugged his dad and then did exactly that.

The cheerful  beeping of the alarm woke Ketcha at exactly 7am on the dot. He pulled on his clothes and dashed down stairs to see his dad. His father was already loading up the transport shuttle. “Right are you ready?” he said as the transport shuttle hissed and slowly lifted off the ground.

“Ready,” smiled Ketcha. The shuttle doors slid open and they both climbed in. As the shuttle quietly floated along, Ketcha’s dad explained his plan.

Mishcka was exhausted,  she sat in her transport shuttle head knocking against the glass as she dozed. She had been up since 4am loading up the final pieces for their move. Her family all seemed far more excited about the move than her as they chatted about the fun they would have in their new home. Her dad sipped steaming coffee from his flask and announced that they would be there by 8am.

Ketcha’s transport shuttle pulled up amongst the trees. “Ok out you pop,” said his father enthusiastically. “I’ll see you at tea time.” The doors slid open with a fizz of cool air and Ketcha jumped out. A cold breeze whisked through the trees and this time Ketcha smiled because of what it reminded him of, the fun of campfires and cosy nights snuggled in the warmth, the new adventures that he and Mishcka would have and the stories that he was going to share with his friends back at school. It was now nearly 8 in the morning and Ketcha had to be quick, he used the reflection of a nearby puddle as a mirror and peering into the pure glistening water he marked his face with camouflage paint. He used the same shades of greens and browns that he could see in the trees and leaf litter all around him. Next he pulled on his sticky web suit. Imagine a suit made out of spiders webs and you will have a good idea of the suit that Ketcha pulled on. Ketcha rolled amongst the leaf litter and the leaves stuck fast to the sticky fibres of the web suit. Soon he was covered with twigs and leaves, he crouched amongst the forest floor vegetation perfectly camouflaged. He smiled.

In the distance Ketcha could hear the gentle hum of a transport shuttle, keeping low he skulked off into the bushes. The shuttle neared, it began to slow and the air brakes hissed as it descended to the ground in a cloud of dust. Ketcha could hear the familiar voices of Mishcka’s family. “So this is it,” declared Mishcka’s dad. “Our new home,” he said happily. From beneath the bushes Ketcha saw three pairs of feet rush off towards the house,  but one pair of feet remained still. “Come on dear” called back Mishcka’s father as he ran to be the first to explore the new house.

“One second”, replied Mishcka turning towards the forest.  Mishcka wandered amongst the trees, staring up at the beautiful towering canopy. The birds twittered and chirped, and the cool breeze rustled the branches. Mishcka looked sad. Beneath the bushes Ketcha stayed silent. Suddenly he burst forward from the foliage.  Mishcka jumped! Cheer up Mish he beamed. A broad smile swept across her face. “At my place you used to get to sneak up and make me jump and now here at your new home that is one of my privileges” ,chuckled Ketcha. “Now the question is where will we build our first tree house?” said Ketcha cheerfully. Mishka smiled again, her eyes twinkled and she nodded up towards the branches. Ketcha looked up at the tree canopy and there nestled amongst the leaves was the frame of not one but a whole village of tree houses linked with tangled ropes and ladders. “Oh wow,” gasped Ketcha.

“We’ve got our work cut out creating our own tree top village,” beamed Mishcka.

And so now knowing that endings are just new beginnings waiting to happen Ketcha and Mishcka began work on their new tree top village nestled deep within the forest. And the pair looked forward to sharing their adventure with their friends back at school.

Can you think of any examples of exciting new beginnings? Example answer: new school year, a new book, a new game, a new teacher, a new pet, a new sibling, a new place, a new house, a new friend at school, a new school!

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