CHANGE OF HEAD TEACHER
By Gordon and Ronni Lamont
Suitable for Whole School
Aims To mark a significant
moment in the life of a school. To celebrate the departing Head and welcome the
new Head. To celebrate difference and diversity.
Preparation and materials
Note: As presented, this is a long and complex assembly -- very much a 'special'
to mark a significant moment in the life of a school. It suggests a number of
elements which could be used independently to make a shorter assembly or used
at different times in 'goodbye' and 'hello assemblies. The assembly is designed
to involve pupils in class-based preparation.
The assembly will be led by someone other than the current Head, if possible with
the new Head present. Ideally, a class will have worked on this and will present
and lead the assembly.
1. Enter to a piece of music chosen
by new and outgoing Heads. A member of the class explains the choice at the start
of the assembly.
2. The class presents TV
ads for a new Head Teacher. They should be short, fun, stress the impossible
nature of the job and exaggerate the school's qualities, e.g.
Needed -- First-class manager for
top netball team, must also run school.
Wanted -- Zoo-keeper for collection
of strange and exotic species -- and their pupils!
Also useful The drama suggestions
from the Conflict assembly. Although used in a different context they can
be adapted to the development of TV adverts.
3. Two children prepared to interview
the outgoing Head could ask about favourite moments, what he/she'll remember,
why she/he chose that particular piece of music, etc.
4. The class to prepare, say, ten
points: Our new Head needs . . . (a mixture of fun and more serious
points). Include You need to be yourself and we need to get to know you.
5. Time for reflection about
valuing individuality. Children could write their own or you could use this meditation
as a basis:
You're not the same as me
I'm not the same as you
From the type of things we like
To the colour of our shoes.
Some things I do well
Others not so hot
You're strong in some ways
In other ways you're not.
You're you, I'm me
That's the way it has to be.
Things change as time goes on
Different parts of the same song.
6. Produce a large rope (a PE rope)
and ask which is the beginning and which the end of it. Draw out the idea that
ends are beginnings and beginnings are ends. The Head leaving will be starting
something new, the Head arriving will be leaving something behind.
Song Sing a song chosen
by the incoming Head to end, or go out to one of his/her favourite pieces of music.