Assembly messages

One of the many features that Ofsted picked up on in their visit earlier this year, was the high quality assemblies. Part of this outstanding practice has been to resist using assemblies as a time to address any issues/problems around the academy. Instead, they always focus on positive / aspirational themes. This is critical when striving to raise the aspirations of a cohort of young people.

The Principal emailed all staff some slides he has used so that they can be printed off and displayed in classrooms.

Here is a  slide share of some of the messages that have been used this year.


Year 8 Assembly

Called a one off assembly for Year 8 students on Friday.

They are a small cohort (due to a closure notice issued on the school at the same time as they chose their secondary school places) and for this year have been grouped with year 7 students for lessons.
Some have proven to be really positive role models for their Year 7 counterparts. However, some have regressed in their personal and social skill development from last year.
While the assembly had a serious tone, highlighting the deep disappointment in the students that are regressing, I used this video (with annotations by myself) to challenge all students to find the courage to make better choices, and thus encouraging others to follow.
I’ll be keeping a close eye on them this week!

Friendship Certificates

Used our end of term rewards / celebration assembly to recognise acts of friendship that were collated by Olympic Ambassadors during tutor time.

Several boys received a certificate. The winner received 2 complementary tickets (to take a friend) for the local swimming pool.

Next term – determination!

Olympic Value Assembly

I had arranged with a Head of House to lead his assembly on Olympic values and show a short film created by the Olympic Ambassadors. However, we encountered a few problems last minute converting the file.

Rather than cancel, I thought I would change the focus, using the weekends sporting action for examples.

Determination, Respect and Excellence – Wales Rugby Union

Despite ultimately loosing their semi final, I thought they were superb on Saturday morning. Their response to Sam Warbourton’s sending off was amazing. I have many Welsh colleagues and friends who were gutted, but immensely proud. I was proud of them as well. I was right behind them all the way. England Rugby – take note.

Determination & Excellence – Dan Wheldon

What a tragic loss of life.

There is much debate about why there were so many cars on the track at one time and that it was ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

My understanding is that Dan was trying to win the $5m for starting last on the grid and winning the race so that he could donate the money to charity.

An amazing driver whose life ended so tragically early and left behind a wife and 2 young boys.