King's St Alban's

5 October

Assemblies are socially distanced but still vibrant

Assemblies are always a highlight at King’s St Alban’s, particularly our weekly Celebration Assembly; in normal times it consists of a packed hall, full of children and staff, celebrating the success and achievements of our hardworking pupils. Throughout KSA, pupils travel along an exciting journey from Reception to Year 6 and sharing achievements and triumphs both in and outside of the classroom is a vital part of the KSA buzz.

Covid-19 has changed the format of these weekly Celebration Assemblies; accomplishments are now shared virtually in classrooms, whilst Mr Chapman works hard to deliver exciting hybrid assemblies. Speaking into the lens of a laptop is not as rewarding as being faced with 150 engaged children! Therefore, we now try to include one year group each week to join Mr Chapman and his laptop; the hybrid real life vs Teams assembly was created. A thoroughly modern sign of the times! Children sit in classrooms and give applause, whilst viewing excellent examples of work from across the school. Indeed, during the last 2 weeks, these celebration assemblies have been beamed not only across KSA but across Worcestershire and into the homes of those children in isolation.

Face to face, year group assemblies are also growing from strength to strength; new challenges, poetry, overcoming worries, greed, happiness, nature and understanding the periodic table of elements have all been assembly themes over recent weeks. Teachers have taken the opportunity to go outside, branch off, and sit together with nature on our colourful and tranquil quad.

Rest assured KSA is ready to respond to each stage of the “next normal” and will continue to strive towards a varied, thoughtful and reflective assembly programme. Moving forwards is the only option and we are comforted by the knowledge that, one day, when it is safe to do so, our beautiful chapel will be filled with sound of children singing, con brio, in true KSA style.