Today (17th September) is the Hindu festival Ganesh Chaturthi in honour of Ganesh/Ganesha, the god of good fortune and new beginnings. See the video at the bottom of this post for the story explaining why Ganesha, the son of Parvati and Shiva, has the head of an elephant. This festival is celebrated in a major way in Mumbai. Celebrations can last one, five or ten days, and will conclude with the immersion in water of the image of Ganesh.
The festival takes place at the end of the 'monsoon' season. That's when weeks and months of really heavy rain hits India and South Asia. So the rains have stopped and there's a new beginning to the year. Watch how heavy the rain is in the clip below.
What can climbing Mutiny Crack tell us about learning? Learning assembly.
Sometimes we get stuck in one way of thinking. And we think there are no other ways. Here's an assembly that explores a completely different way of thinking about counting and numbers.
You don't have to think in precisely the same way, all the time. It may seem like 'it's the only way things can be' but life is rarely like that - there are always alternative ways of thinking about things.
Your mind can control your body but you can control your mind too. If you're feeling stressed... say you've got some big exams coming up, the worry can make your body do some strange things - your breathing can be affected, you might sweat... all sorts of terrible things.
But you can control your mind too through guiding your thoughts and deliberately relaxing. Why not try our guided relaxation blog post.
Watch this video of reading dogs in school. Is reading to an animal be easier than reading to a person? How might reading to an animal make you feel (good and bad)? Ask your parents to watch this video. What might it tell them about how they might hear you read? What might it tell your teachers?!
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