Simply Love

The blog from the students this week has a Valentines theme.  Our Head and Deputy Head Students planned and led a whole school assembly all about Valentine’s Day this week and here are some of the thoughts that they chose to share with their peers and teachers.

Valentine’s Day can evoke many different emotions in people, for the soppy lovers it’s a happy day to celebrate love whilst for others it’s just another day.  For some it can cause them to feel lonelier than ever… but we aim to spread some joy this Valentine’s Day!

The real reason behind Valentine’s Day isn’t the money-making schemes that businesses use to persuade us to buy in to and make them more profits, it is actually love!   According to Google, the definition of the noun love is:

1) a strong feeling of affection

2) a great interest or pleasure in something

In reality, the word love in the English language can be used to represent a number of different meanings. In fact, for every person, love can symbolise something slightly different. Many things can affect our perception of love – our personalities, our experiences and our families. Our thoughts on love can change from year to year as we grow and create new memories.

Young children don’t tend to be aware of the outside world. Things like politics, war and social media, haven’t been able to affect their thoughts and opinions yet. Without knowing the negatives of the world, they have a positive and joyful outlook on life. All they know are the things they see and learn around them, in their families and at school. So we thought we’d ask the AKS Junior School students what they thought love was.

We had lots of fun talking with them and filming the little ones. It was interesting to see the differences in answers from Reception up to Year 4. Of course, the answers became more complex but Year 3 and 4 tended to be more embarrassed talking about love.

Young children say what they think, especially from the ages of 4 to 7. They are not afraid to say it as it is. But they also put it simply.  As we get older we tend to over-complicate life. Sometimes we stop ourselves from doing things we want to do/say just because we are worried about embarrassing ourselves. One message we want you to take from the juniors answers is that love is as simple as you make it. You can believe anything you want about love, don’t be clouded by other people’s judgments.

There are also different types of love. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love but that can be any type of love. Many people seem to think it is solely about relationships, but really it should be a time to show anyone that you love them, be it your family, friends, pets, etc. Many of the junior children said that people hold hands because they are friends, we think that shows the wider picture of love. As we grow older it’s so important that we appreciate our families and friends, show them that we are grateful and that we love them.

It is important to not only love your family and friends, but to love yourself. Self-acceptance is a major component of the journey towards authenticity. As humans we struggle to accept ourselves. Whether it be the reflection we see in the mirror, or accepting an attraction to the same gender. This month is lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history month. A month of celebrations around the globe to admire the people that have the courage to self-accept. We believe anyone can be what or whoever they want, providing they accept, and learn to love themselves. We would like to end on a quote from RuPaul, “If you don’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love somebody else?”

AKS Action are selling sweet cones and chocolate roses this week to raise money for our local and international projects, you can buy them for yourself, family or send them to someone in school who you love!  Follow @AKSAction

Thank you.

AKS Head Students and Deputy Head Students (Year 13)