Students are often excited by a break from the everyday grind when the date of an assembly is announced. Assemblies are gatherings for schoolchildren to present educational or entertaining information and are often prepared by teachers. The gathering can be grade-specific or whole-school-oriented, and at times involves a specialised speaker or interactive activities to strengthen the understanding of the concept presented.
School Spirit Assembly
Pep assemblies attempt to achieve the goals of entertaining students while increasing levels of pride for, and within, the school. Arrange for student concerts, games among classes of students and pep talks from teachers and coaches. Decorate the auditorium or gymnasium with festive school spirit signs and invite the school mascot to show off his moves. School spirit assemblies often introduce members of a queen court and potentially name a rival team to beat at the upcoming high school game.
Each class of students may work together to perform a script or play centred on the thematic unit taught within the classrooms. The assembly may be school-wide or may request the presence of only one specific grade of students. The scripts may be entertaining or informational in nature and incorporate all students in one way or another. Not all students have to speak the parts but must be included in the play to bring a sense of unity to the class.
Students become aware of local, state or national citizenship when attending school, but may take for granted that they are a member of a global society. Social responsibility exists at every age level and students must become accustomed to living as a global citizen as well. The goal of the assembly should be to gain respect for different cultures, customs, environmental issues, global news stories and anti-racist education. Invite keynote speakers, dressed in traditional multicultural clothing, to speak about the area of the world that they, or their ancestors, resided.
Every student should be prepared if an emergency were to occur at home, in public or in a school setting. Emergency preparation assemblies gather and present information to students on how to remain calm during a life-threatening situation. Display pre-recorded presentations of students in the age-range of the attending children, which centres on how the individuals dealt with emergencies. Incorporate scenarios during the assembly for children to respond with steps to achieve in a difficult situation. Invite the local fire chief or police sergeant to speak on emergency preparation.