Today’s assembly told the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. We learned about the self-control and grit that Mr Robinson showed throughout his life, especially when facing a constant stream of racism against him. This was an excellent opportunity to remind our pupils about the core British value of equality in all areas of life, as well as about justice and fairness for all.
‘It is not necessary to react to everything you notice.’
Today’s assembly centred on optimism, one of the character traits from our QPA character scheme. Can we do it? Yes we can!
Today our Windsor House Captains held an assembly for their house. Although the theme of working together and of how to demonstrate character was provided, the pupils prepared their own activities and content. Their delivery was excellent and they demonstrated courage and discernment throughout.
Over the last two weeks we have reinforced with the children our anti-bullying message. We encourage our pupils to identify any repeated negative actions towards them (‘Several Times On Purpose = S.T.O.P.) and seek help immediately if they are unhappy about the conduct of others (‘Speak Out Straightaway’ = ‘S.O.S.’).
We have also reminded children of our postboxes where they can report any worries that they have. These boxes are emptied daily and relevant interventions put in place.
This week’s thought of the week centres around one of our character awards, compassion.
This week we are supporting World Homeless Day in partnership with Bournemouth YMCA. Our school council agreed to support the event and decided to hold a mufti day this Friday, 12th October, in return for a £1 donation. There will also be a cake sale with cakes selling for 50p. All donations will be passed onto the YMCA who had great success last year in supporting homeless people within our area.
This week’s thought is about character. Today’s assembly centred around the QPA Character Award, detailing not only the importance of having a strong character but also the practicality of how the scheme works at school. The children were also introduced to Bethany Hamilton, an inspiring surfer who has continued to excel in the sport despite losing an arm in a shark attack when aged 13.