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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

Spritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

In all lessons Teachers specifically aim to ensure the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of students; this is monitored regularly through lesson observations. We run a series of Enrichment Days to ensure that there are opportunities to further develop SMSC by providing enriching activities that will extend students' learning beyond the classroom.

In addition to this we have a programme of 'Thought for the Week' which is developed from the Assembly Theme each week during registration times. Assembly Themes and 'Thought for the Week' for the current school term are detailed below. 

British Values

At The Sele School British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs form part of the school ethos, they are embedded in all aspects of the life of the school and are actively promoted. Please follow this link for further information about how British values are promoted and upheld throughout both teaching and learning and extra curricular activities at The Sele School.     

British Values at The Sele School

'Thought for the Week'

The aim of 'Thought for the Week' is to encourage students to reflect on their values, beliefs and attitudes. By giving students time to consider the assembly theme throughout the week we hope our students will develop their emotional literacy and be capable of talking about their thoughts and feelings.

Assembly Themes Autumn Term 2018

10 September 2018: Theme - The Power of Education

Thought for the Week

"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." 

Nelson Mandela

17 September 2018: Theme - Independence and Curiosity 

Thought for the Week

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.”  From Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

24 September 2018: Theme -  Helping Others 

Thought for the Week

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”    

John Holmes

1 October 2018 No Assembly  - school starts later than usual Registration 09.40

8 October 2018: Theme - Creativity and Aspiration 

Thought for the Week

“Poetry is thoughts that breathe and words that burn.”   

Thomas Gray 

15 October 2018: Theme - Equality and Diversity

Thought for the Week

"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength." 

Maya Angelou

British Value: Tolerance and respect for difference

22 October 2018: Theme - Charity

Thought for the Week

"Love is not patronising and charity isn't about pity; it is about love. Charity and love are the same - with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out and hand instead."

Mother Teresa 

29 October  - 2 November 2018

Half Term

5 November 2018: Theme - Peace and Appreciation 

Thought for the Week

“All we have of freedom, all we use or know - this our fathers bought for us long ago.”   

Rudyard Kipling

12 November 2018: Theme - Choose Respect 

Thought for the Week

“Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.”

Theodore Roosevelt

19 November 2018: Theme - Justice and Democracy 

Thought for the Week

“Allowing ourselves to become a nation of silent, secretive, timid citizens is likely to result in a system of democracy and justice that is neither very democratic nor very just.”

Dahlia Lithwick

British Value: The Rule of Law

26 November 2018: Theme - Celebrating Success 

Thought for the Week

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

Karim Seddikli 

3 December 2018: No Assembly - Inset Day 

10 December 2018: Theme - Standing up for Equality, Justice and Human Dignity

Thought for the week

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." 

Eleanor Roosevelt

17 December 2018: Theme - The Meaning of Christmas: Love, Humility and Kindness

Thought for the week

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”    

Hamilton Wright Mabie

Assembly Themes Spring Term 2019 

Below please find the Assembly Themes for the first half of the Spring Term 2019

7 January 2019: Theme - New Beginnings

Thought for the Week

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”

Melody Beattie

14 January 2019: Theme - Conflict Resolution

Thought for the Week

“Bravery is the choice to show up and listen to another person, be it a loved one or perceived foe, even when it is uncomfortable, painful, or the last thing you want to do.”  

Alaric Hutchinson

21 January 2019: Theme - Unity and Faith

Thought for the Week

“The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.”

Mahatma Gandhi

28 January 2019: Theme - Torn from Home

Thought for the Week

‘I didn’t feel like I had a home after the genocide because everything was destroyed. I had no home at all. I had nothing.’

Chantal Uwamahoro, survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda

4 February 2019: Theme - The Power of the Spoken Word

Thought for the Week

"Those who tell the stories rule the world."

American Indian proverb

11 February 2019: Theme - Love and Family

Thought for the Week

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”

Helen Keller