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Planning School Assemblies

Wednesday 20th April 2011

School assemblies can be enjoyed by pupils and teachers alike, or totally dreaded by both as the very worst period in your school timetable. Depending on the topic being discussed or major school issue that’s being addressed, this huge difference in effectiveness and engagement could be said to be down to the assembly ideas and themes chosen by the teachers.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s an experienced teacher, or a newly qualified and keen one, who is charged with the job. The challenge for educators is how to go about engaging an assembly of teenagers in an echoing school hall, about a particular subject that may be controversial. In which case assembly ideas garnered from teaching resources can be extremely helpful.

Whether it’s a regular Friday morning assembly for the whole school, or ad hoc school assemblies for each age group, the school assembly itself has, over the years, changed dramatically in focus and choice of content. Teachers today may sometimes struggle to be creative with their assembly plans in order to hold the attention of a few hundred secondary school students. The pupils can be inevitably more interested in their mobile phones, chatting or just the novelty of being out of their standard classroom for an hour.

School assemblies are traditionally the time when the head master, deputy head and rector of the school make time to address the school attendees as a whole. There’s no particular standard format for a school assembly but generally the headmaster of the school will welcome the students, and set out the general theme of that week’s assembly. The theme could be a topical subject such as Easter, or an annual traditional celebration such as Remembrance Day. Alternatively, headmaster may have issues of his own to draw his pupils and teachers attention to; for example an incident of hooliganism in school grounds, bullying or school uniform reminders. Some of the very best school assemblies don’t just consist of a straightforward lecture at the pupils, singing a couple of songs, and listening to some speakers reading directly from a pre-prepared script, the most engaging assemblies will include the audience participation, (even if it’s just a show of hands), or contributing in dramatic or opinionated debates.

Using creative visuals projected onto a large screen, props, costumes, poetry and even comical teaching jokes will help get the message across to even the most jaded and cynical pupils. For inspiration on how to plan and stage a great school assembly, make sure the topic is well researched, the order of events is formed and that the whole assembly is rehearsed thoroughly before going live in front of the whole school.

Take a look at the fantastic collection and broad range of assemblies available to buy online today.


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