New Year's Resolution School Assembly
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Iska found going back to school after the holidays rather flat. I mean how could anything compare with the two weeks of excitement, games and gifts that he had just enjoyed? It was strange as despite this Iska really looked forward to his Dance lessons and what’s more he didn’t even enjoy dancing that much.
What are you looking forward to at school this year?
Example answers: Playing with friends, English lessons, PE, Art, DT project, school trips, school plays, School Assemblease assemblies 😉
Iska’s Dance Teacher was not what you’d expect of a dancer. You certainly couldn’t imagine him swinging and swaying along on any stage or television show. Although Mr Wiggle didn’t look the part, the truth was that he was an excellent Teacher. He had large sympathetic, twinkling eyes and a kind, deep voice that vibrated through the school. His hunched figure shuffled into the dance studio and his pale wrinkly prune of a face beamed at the children. When that electro music came on, his body came alive, he danced like you have never seen before.
The rumours around school were that, when he was younger, Mr Wiggle had been a famous backing dancer and toured the planet entertaining delighted crowds.
How do you think that Mr Wiggle ended up at the school?
Example answers: Got sacked, fame became too much for him, he preferred teaching, he liked helping children.
The lead dancer had become jealous of Mr Wiggle’s extraordinary skills and through fear of losing the lead role in the group, he persuaded the other dancers to replace poor Mr Wiggle. Like with many rumours it was difficult to know what to actually believe, but what was very clear was that this strange little man could really dance.
What made Iska look forward to Mr Wiggle’s lessons however was not the opportunity to witness amazing dance skills but something very different. Like a mysterious kung fu master Mr Wiggle would always have a thoughtful solution to any problem, his attitude towards life was quite remarkable. Now this strange little man was always surprising the class with stories of exciting activities that he had tried: space buggy racing, sky scraper parachuting, mountain climbing, he had done it all. Mr Wiggle put it all down to his secret and now returning back to school from the holidays, he was prepared to share it with the class…
What do you think Mr Wiggle’s secret tip will be?
Every year Mr Wiggle would draw a strange graph, a graph of himself. On the y axis going up the graph he listed activities, all things that he wanted to get better at, or new things to try out during the year. On the x axis, going across the graph, were the months of the year. Every year by any amount at all he aimed to try to make the line of his graph go upwards. Mr Wiggle had been doing this his entire life and every New Year he would sit down and look at his graph and evaluate what new activities he had tried and what he had improved at. Mr Wiggle would then ensure that he did what was needed to make his graph go upwards during the next year. And so through this simple graph this rather modest looking man had tried the most extraordinary things.
What would you like to get better at this year?
Example answers: Dancing, singing, football, swimming, spelling, Maths, multiplication, being kinder to friends etc.
Mr Wiggle’s second tip was quite similar to the first but equally impressive. He insisted that to keep things interesting, it was very important to keep trying new things. And so at the beginning of each year he would also write down a list of 5 new things to try during that year. It could be anything: trying a new food, taking up a new sport, reading a particular book, visiting somewhere new, joining a team. The list could go on and on.
What new things would you like to try this year?
Example answer: Learn to play an instrument, learn to ride a bike, cooking a new meal, trying a new food, visiting a new place.
Mr Wiggle’s third and final tip was the most simple and also the most important. “Do it!” he shouted. “Whatever you have written on your list, make sure that you do it!”
Why do you think that tip three is the most important?
Example answer: It is easier to say that you are going to do something and actually making sure that you achieve your goals (targets) is where the real effort is needed.
Now, one question remains...
What will you do with your New Year? Happy New Year!
In this quote from the story what interesting verbs does the writer use?
“You certainly couldn’t imagine him swinging and swaying along on any stage or television show.”
Answer: Swinging and swaying (or imagine).
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