The Rule of Law School Assembly (A British Values School Assembly)
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Wrapped up in their parkers the inhabitants of Shnoll trudge across the vast ice flats to work. Their land is a land of cold and ice. The snow glistens against the pure blue sky. Tui and her friends slowly make their way between the icy green lakes that divide the frozen land. As they walk they chime bells and not only bells but cymbals and spoons, the cheerful tunes warm their souls. At the foot of the mountains, sit the factories, two huge rotating mirrored spheres that harness the power of the sun. And within the metallic domes, occurs the most important work on Shnoll.
Tui glanced up at the mirrored roof and tapped the control screen. Like a Mexican wave of one thousand unfolding butterfly wings, the mirrored roof panels flicked open one by one. Almost instantly the dome began to warm. Tui lifted her face and closed her eye’s as the heat bathed her skin. After a short pause she began her work harvesting the produce that thrived within the huge dome. Gigantic juicy berries hung from the growing frames, brilliant purple pumpkins burst from the earth beneath. The sound of juicers and presses hummed on the balconies above and the sweet smell of syrups, jams and drinks drifted on the air. The dome was a wonderful place to work.
Why do you think that the domes are so important to the inhabitants of Shnoll?
Example answers: They’re warm, they’re safe, they have lots of food there, they provide shelter.
Tui’s favourite job was tending to the live stock. She had a particular soft spot for the moas, huge gentle chicken like creatures as large as a horse. Tui blew her bird whistle, the corn crop in the distance began to move from side to side as if a sudden wind had entered the dome. The wave moved forward through the cotton plantation and then the familiar squawks and screeches of the moa came. As the wave rushed forward they emerged from the foliage. Obedient as ever the moas gathered around Tui, their brightly patterned nervous heads twitched from side to side, they clucked inquisitively and their gigantic claws scratched at the ground. With a tuneful blow on the whistle, the moas began to follow Tui to the feeding troughs. Everything in the dome worked on a smooth schedule. While Tui fed the giant moa, Sponyo would scour the crop fields for their nests and harvest the huge speckled moa eggs. One egg was so gigantic that it could feed a whole family for a week.
And so you can see why the domes were so important for Shnoll. Away from the harsh wintery conditions all of the food for the entire land was produced. The domes were so essential that they were protected by strict law. The rule of the law stated that everyone must pay tax to help with the upkeep of the dome; that nobody must vandalise the dome; that stealing food from the dome was strictly prohibited; and that all of the livestock should be treated humanely. And so in this way the inhabitants of Shnoll could ensure that the dome produced enough food for the entire land.
What are some of the laws in your country?
No stealing, no vandalism, obey speed limits, treat animals humanely.
Tui poured the last of the seed into the rusty metal trough, she worked her way around the group of moas gently stroking their thick brown feathers. The moas huddled close to her. Sponyo’s cheerful voice echoed across the dome, “And how are our lovely moa’s today?” he called.
“They’re looking great,” replied Tui, “This new feed has really helped to bring out the sheen on their tail feathers,” she added as she lovingly stroked the long vibrant blue tail feathers. Sponyo smiled. “The snow hogs were looking good this morning as well. I’m going to extend their pen a little more over the next few weeks, it seems to make all of the difference.” A loud smashing noise interrupted their conversation. The moas scattered and Tui scanned the mirrored roof for cracked glass. “It’s not the roof,” muttered Sponyo calmly putting down his bulging wheel barrow of eggs. Another distant crash rang out. Tui pulled out her head phones and looked around in puzzlement. “This has been going on all morning,” continued Sponyo . “I’m surprised that you haven’t noticed.”
What do you think is causing the crashing noise?
Example answers: Ice melting, glass breaking, rocks falling, a yeti, a manic moa, a riot outside of the dome.
“What is it?”asked Tui worriedly. “It’s them outside, those from the deep mountains,” he began. “We might have the rule of the law in here but there, there are no rules, no laws. As the winters became harsher this was always likely to happen. Your parents must have mentioned the problems to you.” Tui remembered the stories of the strange creatures that dwelled deep within the far mountains but she didn’t ever imagine that the creatures would leave their homes and journey to the plains. With no laws out there chaos was always likely,” continued Sponyo. “Look on the bright side, we are lucky here, we have the rule of the law. We can continue to work together to make sure that there is enough food to go around. It’s safe here.” Tui nodded but she could not get the thought out of her head. With every crash and call from the outside she envisioned all that they had worked so hard for lost to the chaos and cold. She grasped the smooth bird whistle in her pocket and gently pressing it against her lips she blew. A high pitched tune echoed around the dome. With a squawk and a thump the moas returned from the fields. “I’m going out there,” declared Tui. “I’m going to tell them about the dome and our laws, I will show them how life can be.” From the tangled vines Tui began to Platte a rope, she twisted the fibres tightly together. Gently stroking the moas back she ran her fingers through its thick feathers. The gigantic bird lowered its neck, Tui hopped her leg up onto its stumpy wing and with a heave and a push she launched herself on to the back of the bird. Draping her newly fashioned ropes around the gentle beast’s neck she made a crude set of reins to guide the moa. Tui whispered kindly and clenched the reins tight. The moa lifted its head and jerked forward. It’s long scaly legs moved swiftly as they charged towards the dome exit. Sponyo called out after her but it was too late.
What do you think the mountain creatures will look like?
Example answers: scary, strange, ogres, goblins, yetis, snowmen.
The blizzard on the outside was thick. Calls and crashes travelled on the wind. The moa fluffed up its thick feathers and glanced around in the white. Slowly through the snow the figures appeared. As they loomed nearer Tui’s heart began to race, she remembered childhood stories of the strange mountain creatures. The arguing was intense but as they came in to sight the creatures looked no different to herself. “You stole my pumpkin,” shouted an angry figure.
“Nice food is not just for the rich,” yelled a small beast as it dashed past arms full of red berries. In hot pursuit came a third furious figure yelling and bleating, “thief, thief, thief!” She shook her fists in fury. Pulling hard on the moa’s reins Tui charged towards the group. A spray of snow filled the air and she skidded to a halt. Slowly the moa inquisitively clucked and plodded circling the furious figures. They stared on in disbelief. Imagine how you would feel if you were approached by a mysterious rider aback a gigantic chicken like creature and you will have an idea of the shocked faces that stared up at Tui. The thief wobbled, dropped a few berries and continued to run. Again Tui slapped down on the reins and the moa sprang into the air, its dumpy wings flapped and fluttered. With a thud the moa landed in front of the thief and he slid to the floor with a terrified look on his face. Rearing into the air the moa screeched, the thief’s eyes grew wide. “Why are you stealing?” boomed Tui.
The figure stumbled to its feet, “There is not enough food to go around,” he stuttered meekly.
Do Sponyo, Tui and the other dome workers argue like this? No
Example answers: They have laws to protect them, they are happy, they have enough food, they work together.
“You!” shouted Tui pointing at another figure, “why are you taking more than your share?” Nervously the figure replied, “there are no laws here, I can take as much as I like.” Tui climbed down on to the crisp white ground. “And look where it has gotten you,” she muttered raising her head. She pulled her flashing communication screen from her parker and tapped the unlock symbol to display the dome’s cameras. “Look”, she whispered kindly. The figures gathered around the glowing screen, the blizzard howled around them. They looked at each other as the cameras revealed the calm, lush environment inside the dome. Happy, organised workers peacefully went about their daily tasks. “In there, there are laws,” declared Tui in a serious voice. “They protect us all so that life is fair, so that there is no stealing, so that all of us are safe.” Surrounded by the bleak cold, the huddled figures remained silent. Tui paused, scanning their thoughtful faces, she could see hope. “If I offered you now a future like the one you see here, in the dome, what would you say?” It was an easy question to answer, a future where they felt safe, and where they all had enough food and shelter certainly seemed like something worth striving for. The three figures nodded in agreement. “So it is decided then,” said Tui confidently, “you will go and spread the word and introduce your laws to the land.” The group filled with excitement. Their faces glowed in wonder as they continued to watch the hive of activity captured on the display screen. “I didn’t want to argue in the first place,” said the tiny figure thoughtfully. He offered a fist full of berries to his victim. Grasping his hand softly she accepted the berries and smiled. And so the three snowy figures set off back to the mountains to pass on their message, this time they did not argue, instead debating and discussing they disappeared in to the distance. Tui pulled herself up on to the moa, let out a deep sigh of relief and still smiling buried her cheeks in to the bird’s downy feathers. The moa cooed peacefully. Wearily the pair of intrepid adventurers turned towards the feint shape of the dome. Riding through the glistening landscape, Tui felt warmed inside knowing that she had planted the seed of peace and calm. Soon happiness would return to the cold snowy plains of Shnoll.
Why are laws important?
Example answers: They protect the public, they make sure that everyone is treated fairly, they help to make a place safe.