Greed (School Assembly)

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What is greed? Example answer: A selfish desire for something.

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Can you think of a time when you have been greedy?  Example answers could be to do with: food, games, friends, play equipment/ PE equipment, money.

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Meet Sponyo, a creature with eyes bigger than his belly, quite literally!

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Sponyo loved nothing more than food. His favourite thing to eat was a strange foot shaped fruit called feetroot. Feetroot has the most delightfully smooth texture, it  is as sweet as honey and as refreshing as a summer breeze and so you can see why Sponyo desired it so much.

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There was but one problem with Sponyo’s love of feetroot and that was the fact that only one tree existed in the whole of Sponyo’s world. High above the plains on top of the highest peak the feetroot tree grew. Occasionally Sponyo would stare up at the mountain imagining the sight of a tree festooned with delicious feetroots swaying in the breeze.

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Sponyo wasn’t the only creature in the village who loved feetroot, in fact the fruit was so well loved that it was protected by law. All of the creatures agreed that they would eat no more than one feetroot a week, and in this way the tree could always provide for the village.

It was a sunny Monday morning, hurriedly Sponyo awoke, he knew it was Feetroot Day! Purposefully he packed a bag and began the hike across the scorching plains and up the steep mountain.

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The trek was challenging but Sponyo was very used to it. As he ascended the peak he heard the eagles screeching  circling the mountain top. He always imagined that they protected the tree as they soared high above it. In a cloud of dust Kaito came dashing by and clenched under her arm was the most beautifully large feetroot. Sponyo’s eyes widened when he noticed the tempting treat. “Morning,” puffed Kaito, skidding  to a halt. Sponyo felt full of jealousy, he had been beaten to the mountain top and now the largest fruit was taken. “Good morning Kaito,” he begrudgingly replied.  “Is it quiet up on the mountain top,”  he inquired.

“It’s  deserted,” beamed Kaito. “I was the first from the village,” she declared proudly. Sponyo felt a huge sense of relief, there was a good chance that there would still be many more large juicy feetroots awaiting him a top the mountain. “Well very nice to see you,” smiled Sponyo as he quickened his pace again and hurried up the mountain.

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After much trudging , Sponyo summated the mountain top. The breeze was now more of a gale, it howled across the land. Sponyo shivered as he finally reached the tree, he almost lost his balance and grabbed on to a nearby boulder. A familiar object flew past his head, hitting the rocks it shattered into a thousand juicy pieces. Another feetroot dislodged from the tree as the fearsome wind howled. Sponyo gasped, it was painful to see the delicious fruits crashing to the earth. Without a thought, Sponyo quickly began to pick the fruit, but Sponyo did not stop at just one fruit like the law of the land stated. He heaved himself amongst the branches and reached higher and higher as he gathered until the tree was bare of fruit. A gust of wind caught Sponyo and he clutched the tree tightly. With a huge crack the branch broke, Sponyo tumbled to the ground but luckily he managed to cushion the fall of his precious fruit.  There was another crash, this time even louder than before and with an eerie creak the tree began to move. Sponyo panicked and rolled into a ball. There was an almighty thud and the tree was blown to the ground in a cloud of dust.

What do you think Sponyo will do?

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Sponyo’s mind was clouded with fear. In his satchel he had more feetroot than he had ever dreamt of. Soon the other villagers would catch up with him looking for the wondrous, sweet fruit and Sponyo would have to share his bounty. He sprinted down the mountain carefully cradling his fruity feast. Dashing across the plains he couldn’t resist but to tuck into the sweet flesh of one of the feetroots, he felt fantastic as the refreshing juice tingled his taste buds. Sponyo dashed through his front door slamming it behind him and threw his satchel to the floor.

He was hot and tired after his trek and the delicious feetroot tumbled out of his satchel onto the ground. “Just one more,” thought Sponyo to himself. He slumped into the chair tucking into another sweet juicy fruit.  Sponyo couldn’t fill his hunger for the fruit, again and again he reached down to the satchel. Sponyo’s face dripped with delicious feetroot. Completely satisfied he fell into a happy sleep.

What can people feel greedy about? Example answer: food, toys, friends, wealth, equipment e.g. play time equipment.

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An insistent knocking at the door awoke Sponyo.  “Sponyo,” yelled Kaito. “Come to the door, did you hear there has been a terrible accident on the mountain top? The feetroot tree has been destroyed by the wind. Are you ok Sponyo?” she called. Wearily Sponyo came to the door, his face still covered in the remains of his fantastic fruit.  “Oh no,” moaned Sponyo, “Im so sorry.”

Kaito noticed the juice around Sponyo’s face. “Its ok”,  replied Kaito, “I ate my feetfroot but if we cut yours up carefully we can try to grow a new tree from the seeds of your fruit. We’ll plant it in exactly the same spot as the old tree, there’s a very good chance that it will grow”, she added. Sponyo’s face dropped for he had devoured every single feetroot that he had saved from the tree. No fruit, no seeds, no feetroot tree would ever grow again.

And so the mountain top remained bare and slowly and steadily the villagers forgot about the taste of the wondrous sweet feetroot.

Think of a time when you have been greedy, how might it have effected others? Example answer: made them feel sad, left them without something they needed, effected their opinion of you.

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