This secondary assembly – written for the last few days of term – asks whether school should be compulsory, and discusses the minimum age for leaving

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This primary assembly has a theatrical theme, using the phenomenon that is ‘High School Musical’ to explore the enjoyment of live theatre and celebrating differences

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This secondary assembly looks at the development of the National Health Service. It encourages students to think about the physical, mental and spiritual health issues that affect them

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The release of Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt after six and a half years (2,321 days) as a hostage in the Colombian rain forest is something to celebrate, and is also an opportunity to discuss the use of violence as a means of coercion

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This secondary assembly invites students to consider what might lie behind a happy lifestyle, and discusses Professor Richard Layard’s governmental research on the state of the nation’s happiness

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This year is the centenary of the 1908 Children Act, which set the legal standard for child protection, setting out principles that we now take for granted. It was largely the responsibility of Herbert Samuel, a young under secretary of state who later became leader of the Liberal Party

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This week’s assembly examines our love of ‘the way things are’. It explores ways in which we like a certain degree of predictability about our life and how an unpredictable life might be troublesome, as well as the importance of occasionally welcoming change

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This week, four men tried to row across the Atlantic from New York to their home in the Isles of Scilly. This assembly tells the story of their attempt and explains the rowers’ philosophy that it’s better to have tried and not succeeded, than never to have tried at all

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Scientists looking at the world food shortage are wondering whether we should all be eating more insects. This assembly discusses the issue and draws in the serious debate about world food shortages

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Just weeks before the Beijing Olympics, 22-year-old British heptathlon star, Jessica Ennis, one of our hopes for a medal, received the news that she cannot compete, having fractured her ankle in competition. Jessica’s disappointment and her courageous response to the dreadful blow form the theme of this assembly

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