BEGINNING - A LEAVERS' ASSEMBLY
By Ronni Lamont
Suitable for KS2
an opportunity to say goodbye and support those who are leaving
Preparation and materials
- You will need a tug-of-war rope
and some PE mats.
- Optional music: 'Hello, Goodbye'
by The Beatles.
- Safety note:
This assembly includes a tug-of-war match. We strongly
recommend that you involve someone with a PE specialism who can
organize this safely and demonstrate the correct stance, how to avoid
rope burns, etc.. You might also like to practise with the participants
- Ask the children who is leaving
at the end of term. Get as many responses as possible, including teachers,
children and support staff. Talk about where different people are going - the
new schools, any who are moving house, staff who may be retiring and so on.
- Say that the children may be
expecting you to say something about leaving and moving on in today's assembly
but instead you'd like to talk about (dramatic pause!) a tug-of-war! Explain
what a tug-of-war is, in case some don't know how it works. Show the rope and
pick some volunteers to make up two teams. Set them up on the PE mats and begin
the contest. Do this a few times - organizing cheering for the different teams,
and picking other children to take part if there's time.
- Ask the teams to sit down and
pick up one end of the rope. Ask if this is where the rope begins - or (picking
up the other end) is this where the rope begins? Point out that the rope has a
different start and end depending on where you are - it has both, but no one
can say which is which.
- Now admit that you are actually
talking about leaving and moving on. Just like the rope, some people here today
are at the end of one thing, but also at the start of something new - both
together in the same moment. It's a time of ending and beginning. Say that we
can feel a bit strange at times like these, times of change. It can feel a bit
like a tug-of-war inside us. We can feel a little sad, a little excited,
nervous and happy all at the same time. Point out that this is quite normal at
times like this. Listen to the music (if you have it) and use the reflection
below to end the assembly.
Something's coming to an end,
Time is passing by,
Another thing's just starting up,
Feelings pulling every way,
Saying 'Stay' and
Some things change - some stay the same,
We say 'Goodbye, Hello'.
We think about all those who are leaving our school
to go to new schools, new places, and new lives.
Help them to change
and thank you for all their time with us here at
travel on' (Come and Praise, 42)