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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Monday Assembly - 11th May Remembering Florence Nightingale

This week we are thinking about the value of determination . We are going to hear about someone whose whole life was an example of this value. 

Think about these questions for a moment: 

  • Have you ever stayed in hospital or visited someone who was in hospital?
  • Have you been taking part in the Clap for Carers on Thursday? Do you know why we are doing this as a country? . 
  • How many different healthcare workers jobs can you name?

These days, hospitals have many people who work together to help a patient get better. All of them have a vital role to play.

However, many years ago, hospitals were very different. A long time ago, there were no qualified nurses and many doctors didn’t understand much about diseases and how they spread.


One special person worked very hard to change the way that people were cared for in hospitals. This is her story: 


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Something to think and talk about:

Florence Nightingale was 17 years old when she decided that God was asking her to be a nurse. It was an unusual profession for a young woman at the time, but she was determined that she would work hard to achieve her goal and become the best nurse possible. She is a great example of someone who spent her life helping others, sometimes in very difficult situations.

  • Do we ever find things difficult?
  • Do we sometimes feel like giving up?
  • Do we ever think about how we can help the people whom we meet every day?

Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 so 2020 is her bicentenary year (200 years since she was born). In fact, tomorrow, 12th May is the anniversary of her birth. 

Florence Nightingale’s far-sighted ideas and reforms have influenced the very nature of modern healthcare. Her greatest achievement was to transform nursing into a respectable profession for women and in 1860, she established the first professional training school for nurses, the Nightingale Training School at St Thomas’ Hospital.

This year, the temporary hospitals that have been set up to help look after patients with coronavirus are called the NHS Nightingale hospitals.

If you would like to find out more about Florence Nightingale, you can download an activity pack from the bottom of the page. 


We pray together: 

We remember the determination of Florence Nightingale to care for the sick and injured and we offer our prayers today for all those nurses and healthcare workers, showing the same dedication today. 

Dear God,
Thank you for all those who care for us when we are sick.
Thank you for all the people who work in hospitals.
Thank you for people who spend their lives helping other people to get better.
Please help us to look for ways to help others.
Please help us to care for those in need.



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Though we are many, we are one family.
We are one body in your love.
Make us your people, people of Jesus
Make us your people bound by love

Blessed be Jesus, blessed be Jesus,
He came to show us how to love.
Blessed be Jesus, our friend and brother,
he came to show us God is love

Make us a sign of love to all in the world (repeat)

Make us a sign of peace to all in the world (repeat)

Make us a sign of hope to all in the world (repeat)

Make us a sign of light to all in the world (repeat)

Make us a sign of Christ to all in the world (repeat)


Assembly content adapted from:

Florence Nightingale Musuem:

Though We Are Many/Make Us a Sign · Bernadette Farrell Rise up and Sing 3rd Edition, Vol. 9 ℗ 2009 OCP. All rights reserved. All selections BMI.