Assemblies are a key part in developing the whole school community.
Whilst DJS is not a church school, in line with national guidance, our daily whole school assemblies are ‘broadly Christian in nature’. We relate these to the school value of the month; a key event or anniversary happening in the world, or a key date for a particular religion. They usually end in a quiet reflection, while a poem or prayer is said.
Our weekly celebration assembly will recognise individual children with certificates for demonstrating our value of the month; key learning skills and those children who always go ‘above and beyond’. House Captains also reveal how many points their house has collected that week and the winner’s house cup is paraded. We also share any other achievements e.g. swimming, dance and other awards gained outside of school.
We are also delighted to invite parents in to watch their child perform in class assemblies twice a year. This will usually be a short performance or a reflection of their current learning topic or theme. Parents are then invited along to the classroom afterwards to share some learning with their child.
Once or twice a half-term, the Vicar from the local church in Denmead – All Saints Church, holds an assembly for a year group, looking at Christian aspects of the school’s value or learning skill of the month. For other classes, in-class reflections are held by the class teacher.
The school also attends All Saints Church twice a year. In December children from year 3 and 4 attend and perform in the Christmas Service at the church. At Easter children from year 5 and 6 attend and perform in the school’s Easter Service.