Most students look forward to school assemblies simply because it allows them to get out of class. But school assemblies can also build school spirit and pride, educate the students and entertain them. When choosing an assembly program for your school, make sure it will hold the kids' attention and be relevant to the students' lives.
Invite a motivational speaker to perform at your next school assembly. Motivational speakers entertain kids while covering important topics that students struggle with, such as self-esteem, identity and attitude. You can request a speaker who deals with building character and integrity, or with overcoming adversity. Some speakers also talk about making positive choices. These choices include avoiding smoking, drugs, hanging out with the wrong crowd, practicing safe sex or refraining from sex all together. By telling true stories about their own lives --- sometimes the stories are funny, other times tragic --- kids remain interested and learn valuable lessons. (Reference 1)
Get kids to support their school with pep assemblies. On the day of your pep assembly, encourage all the students to wear the school colours. Create energy by having the cheerleaders, dance team, band and mascot perform. Instigate cheering competitions between the grades. Introduce sports players so the students know who they're cheering for at the games. Support your clubs, like the debate team or chess club, by announcing their matches at pep assemblies. Recognise students whose school spirit outshines the rest.
Prior to school breaks, students usually become restless and difficult to teach. Just before the kids go on winter, spring or summer break, schedule a game assembly to focus their energy, build school spirit and have some fun. Have classes or grades compete against each other. Instruct each grade to pick a willing student to tape to the gym wall using duct tape; their feet can't touch the ground. Whoever stays up the longest wins. Students can also see who can shoot the most consecutive baskets, participate in relay races, or partake in dance-offs, eating contests or trivia games.
Recognise the students who work hard by holding award assemblies. Award students who achieved perfect attendance, academic excellence, helped the community, excelled in sports or clubs, and students who vastly improved their grades and attitudes. During the assembly, call out each student's name and have them come down to the gym floor to receive an award from the principal. These assemblies not only honour kids who deserve recognition, but also give students something to strive for.
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