A high quality school assembly is one of the most important aspects of our school’s curriculum. 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. In all phases of schooling, assembly makes a positive contribution to pupil self-development and therefore be at the heart of raising achievement and standards.
Our assemblies, which include our Acts of Worship, are an important feature of our school’s life. They act as one of the main ways by which we create our positive reflective ethos and promote our value-based education. In fact, all colleagues make a tremendous contribution through their presence and active participation. Pupils are very much aware that all staff, by their positive attitude, involve themselves in assemblies, acting as role models for the pupils to emulate. Assemblies contain times of quiet reflection that enable pupils to develop the deepest values and aspirations of the human spirit.
The most important thing is wholeness – a whole community. This is not a place that is only devoted to teaching pupils things. The function of the school is that the pupils learn their academic stuff more effectively because they learn in a valued, structured environment. The quality of learning is better, and life skills and values are absorbed in ways they are in few other schools. No detail about people, individuals, or the conduct of the school, is considered unimportant. There’s a clear sense of vision.
What should be demonstrated in an assembly is a reiteration of the value of each individual pupil including their individual thoughts and abilities. We reiterate the importance of those elements to the community and the secure place of each pupil within the school. The pupils are invited to consider their inner capabilities, their positive worth, their place in the community and their purpose for the week, and to do it from the touchstone of that month’s positive value. Pupils respond in the affirmative, so that they are focused, positive, calm, and ready to start. We start from the individual pupil and the value of each one, and allow them to see their part in their own world.