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Why Assemblies Are Important - One View - What do you think?

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Why Assemblies Are Important - One View - What do you think?
« on: January 09, 2016, 11:43:16 AM »
A high quality school assembly is one of the most important aspects of a school's curriculum.
School Ethos
Its potential to nurture a positive school ethos that stresses care for the self, others and the pursuit of all forms of excellence should not be underestimated. It powerfully nurtures the development of intrapersonal intelligence.

Assemblies should aim to create, nurture and sustain a sense of community. They can serve to develop a positive school ethos that affirms the school's identity and aspirations. The result being that the school lives in cohesive harmony that sustains the pursuit of excellence in all its forms.

Monday morning assembly is particularly important, as it should bring the whole school back together again after the weekend break, to re-focus upon the week in view, on its objectives and the tools that will be used to achieve them. Schools should develop their own pattern of assemblies that will include whole school, key stage, year group and class assemblies.

What should be demonstrated in an assembly is a reiteration of the value of each individual pupil including their individual thoughts and abilities. There should be a reiteration of the importance of those elements to the community and the secure place of each pupil within the school.

Pupils should be invited to consider their inner capabilities, their positive worth, their place in the community. The school community starts from the individual pupil and the value of each one, and allows them to see their part in their own world.

Outstanding assemblies occur when a positive connection is established between the leader of the assembly and those taking part. This includes both pupils and staff!

The content of the assembly must be both relevant and appropriate to the age and stage of the pupils. The leader should consciously work to enable all to be focused and in a good frame of mind.

It is vital that an assembly has an enriching quality. This can be accomplished by associating the theme of the assembly with the experience of the pupils. This makes the experience relevant and real to them. Telling an inspiring story, such as the ones in the Stories section of AssemblyTube, enables pupils to make connections with their own attitudes and behaviour. Also, relating your own personal experience to the theme of the assembly can be enriching. Relating exciting experiences, grabs the full attention of everyone. We need them to say, Yes, I'll try that, I'll change to-day! Thus guidance and encouragement are prerequisites for enabling pupils to have that inner debate that modifies behaviour through self-regulation and self-discipline.

The leader of the assembly may also usefully reinforce the concept of the school as a community by telling groups that they have done well. Referring to positive examples of good behaviour or work creates a culture of success and high pupil self-esteem.

By involving the pupils, by changing the tone of voice or one's physical position pupil interest is maintained. For staff too the assembly is important, as they appreciate assemblies that are spiritually nourishing.

The benefits of an assembly to both individuals and the school in general are enormous.

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