Assembly

JR

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.’

Jackie Robinson

Thought of the week

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.

Assembly

Today’s assembly theme was ‘Caring for the oceans’, with a particular focus on the increasing levels of plastic within the world’s water. Whilst an important message for everyone, the theme was of particular relevance for Year 4 (who studied ‘Blue abyss’ during the first half of the term) and for Year 6 (who have studied coastal features and will be visiting Hengistbury Head tomorrow).

Thought of the week

This week’s thought is all about compassion, one of the character traits that we look for within our Character Award Program. In assembly today we learned how one shopkeeper from India had set up a school under a bridge, using his own money to buy materials for learning. Amazing compassion for those in need. We also realised that we cannot be compassionate without paying attention to others, trying to understand their situations, thoughts and feelings.