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Good intentions

To consider the good intentions (resolutions) we might make.

by Jan Edmunds

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)


To consider the good intentions (resolutions) we might make.

Preparation and materials

  • This assembly is designed to be delivered by a group of children.
  • The initial letters of NEW YEAR could be written boldly and coloured on one side of pieces of card and the corresponding sentence from the acrostic poem written on the other side. Arrange the children so that as they read they hold up the letters in sequence.
  • More speakers will be needed for the other lines, which could be learned or also written on cards.
  • Some rehearsal will be necessary for correct placing and individual or choral speaking. An OHP could be used for the prayer if required.
  • The assembly can easily be expanded with the children’s own poems and thoughts abut the new year and some pledges for school-related new year resolutions.


Speaker 1:  Another Christmas is over and we’ve all had lots of fun. This is a new term and a new year. Time to make a new start.

Speaker 2:  As the saying goes, a time to ‘wipe the slate clean’. A time to ‘turn the page’ and start a clean one.

Speaker 3:  We hear of people making new year resolutions. Dad might decide he’s going on a diet. Mum might decide to give up smoking. Big brother might decide to start saving more of his wages. Big sister might say she’s going to join a gym to get fit. We might intend to work harder at school. These are a few of the things that people decide they want to do. But do they manage to keep to these good intentions throughout the whole year?

Speaker 4:  N is for new: new start for you and me.

Speaker 5:  E is for the good effect we hopefully will see.

Speaker 6:  W is for the work we’ll do for things we’ll need to know.

Speaker 7:  Y is for our youth; how this year we’ll grow.

Speaker 8:  E is for our expectations and the hope for things to come.

Speaker 9:  A is for the actions needed just to get them done.

Speaker 10:  R is for resolutions that we often tend to make.

Intentions galore that we hope we’ll keep and not break!

Speaker 11:  So Happy New Year, everyone; for a peaceful one we pray.

Speaker 12:  We hope it will bring happiness to everyone each day.

Time for reflection


Listen to the new year poem again and ask each child to think what they might do to make this a good new year for everyone in the school.



Dear God,

Be with us in our school today, in our work and in our play.

Be in our hearts, be in our minds, in all we do and say.

And teach us how to grow in love each and every day.



‘One more step along the world I go’ (Come and Praise, 47)

Publication date: January 2007   (Vol.9 No.1)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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