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 Autumn Term 2019

Below please find Assembly Themes and Thoughts for the Week for the Autumn Term 2019 

9 September 2019: Theme - Literacy and Multilingualism: Embracing Linguistic Diversity in Education

Thought for the Week

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” 

Mark Twain

16 September 2019: Theme - Peace

Thought for the Week

“If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies.”

Desmond Tutu

23 September 2019: Theme - Celebrating Languages  

Thought for the Week

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” 

Frank Smith

30 September 2019: Theme - Looking Beyond our World   

Thought for the Week

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” 

Neil Armstrong 

7 October 2019: No Assembly 

14 October 2019: Theme - Awareness and Empowerment

Thought for the Week

“Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.” 

21 October 2019: Theme - Celebrate Success through Diversity

Thought for the Week 

“Won’t it be wonderful when black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.” 

Maya Angelou 

28 October 2019: Half Term 28 October to 1 November 

4 November 2019: Theme - Sacrifice

Thought for the Week 

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. / At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them."

Laurence Binyon 

11 November 2019: Theme - Empathy and Kindness

Thought for the Week  

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." 

Nelson Mandela

18 November 2019: Theme - Change Starts with Us

Thought for the Week  

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

Theodore Roosevelt

25 November 2019: Theme - The Power of Education

Thought for the Week

“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” 

Alexander the Great

2 December 2019: Inset Day  - School Closed to Students 

9 December 2019: Theme - Rights and Responsibilities 

Thought for the Week

"I am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world" 


16 December 2019: Theme - Love 

Thought for the Week

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.” 

Bob Hope

23 December 2019: Christmas Holidays 23 December to 6 January