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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. 

'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 Spring Term 2019 

Below please find Assembly Themes and Thoughts for the Week for 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

18 February to 22 February 2019: Half Term

25 February 2019: Theme - Knowledge is Power

Thought for the Week

“Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.” 

Jesse Lee Bennett 

4 March 2019: Theme - Make a Difference

Thought for the Week

"So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend."

Robert Louis Stevenson

11 March 2019: Theme - Celebrating Technology, Engineering and Maths

Thought for the Week

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Charles Darwin

18 March 2019: Theme - Sacrifice and Repentance

Thought for the Week

"Everything in life has its own time. There is time to celebrate and there is time to mourn. This is the time for reflection and transformation. Let us look within and change into what we ought to be." 

Aaron Saul

25 March 2019: Theme - Appreciation and Thoughtfulness 

Thought for the Week

"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."

Rudyard Kipling

1 April 2019: Theme - Hope 

Thought for the Week

“You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.” 

Pablo Neruda

8 April to 22 April 2019 Easter Holidays

Assembly Themes Summer Term 2019

Below please find Assembly Themes and Thoughts for the Week for the first half of the Summer Term 2019 

29 April 2019: Theme - Fairness and Opportunity 

Thought for the Week

“I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.”

Benjamin Harrison

6 May 2019: Bank Holiday

13 May 2019: Theme - Mental Health Awareness  

Thought for the Week

“I will never understand why every organ in your body gets support and sympathy when it is ill, except for your brain.”

20 May 2019: Theme - Farewell to Year 11's and Year 13's  

Thought for the Week

“The Past is good to learn from but not to live in.”

Karen Salmansohn

27 May 2019: Bank Holiday and Half Term Week