Assemblies are often used in secondary schools to perform shows, to conduct awards ceremonies and for instructional purposes. When choosing an informational assembly topic, consider those that are relevant to student lives as opposed to a more abstract approach. Take time for student discussion, and invite secondary students to share their opinions in a question-and-answer period during the assembly.
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Day of Private Reflection
Begin the program by asking students how long they personally reflected today. They may assume that reflection is done by monks in monasteries, but, most likely, each of student has taken time to reflect numerous times during the day. A group called Healing through Remembering has designated a day in June the Day of Private Reflection, which encourages people to take a hard look at themselves in the effort to analyse the actions they are promoting. The goal is to create a community where secondary students work together to create a peaceful learning environment and improve their way of life and the lives of others
April Fool's Day
Create an educational assembly that introduces the historical birth of April Fool's Day and how to handle the innocent jokes. The topic has an underlying lesson on citizenship and the proper treatment of others. The day is one filled with pranks that make others think something is true when it is false, and it dates back to the 1500s in France. When the new calendar was introduced designating January 1st as New Year's Day (opposed the former of April 1st), many citizens didn't realise the change had occurred. Those who did proceeded to trick them, which became an international tradition. Stress the importance of respect for others on April Fool's Day, ensuring no one is hurt emotionally or physically. End the assembly by playing a small trick on the students in celebration of April Fool's Day.
Students entering secondary school may have a tough time adapting to new regulations, procedures and schedules. Introduce them to any potential problems they may encounter as well as methods to remedy the issues. For those moving on to bigger and better things, such as college, vocational school or the work force, adapt the assembly to accommodate their biggest worries and some techniques that may help. Invite guest speakers that currently attend or have graduated from the secondary school to bring a real-world voice to the talk.
We're Only Human
People make mistakes, especially students. Even though they may portray their maturity and act as if they know everything there is to know, embrace them when they make errors in judgment. Focus a secondary school assembly on taking the time to realise we're only human. Include a few role-play situations for students during the talk that show those being judgemental, individuals being judged and people who take the time to stick up for them.
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