King's Worcester

10 February

Senior Assembly – 9th February 2021

This week’s virtual whole school Senior Assembly led by Headmaster Mr Doodes took a different format with Upper Sixth Monitor Alice Martin giving her Monitors address & then drama teacher Miss Williams spoke to the pupils remotely in the first (of hopefully a few) Teacher addresses.

First, Mr Doodes announced the results of Mondays King’s Quiz, which was a whole school initiative created by the school monitors.

Head of School , Olivia said “The purpose of the quiz was for everyone in the school to take part in the same activity – the potential to win a prize also created some excitement. We thought it would be a great way to lift spirits in the final assembly of half term and add some fun/something different to house time on Monday morning”.

The content was very varied, from sports events to kings of England. Every question was multiple choice. 

It worked by everyone filling out a Microsoft form with 10 questions. The results were then automatically sent to Mr Ricketts, who identified the winner in each year group category and an overall winner. 

The winning Pupils were:

Lower Years : Ollie Irwin

Middle Years: Phoebe Reuben (OS)

Sixth Form: Amelia Davies (K) , Dixie Stone (K) , Katie Beckett (S) & Eli Edwards (CA)

Overall Winner with 100 points was Phoebe Reuben (OS)

Anna Williams (Teacher of Drama and Theatre Studies) Assembly on How Failing Makes You Stronger.

Good morning to the King’s school community,

During the first lockdown, which started 11-months ago in March 2020, we all had to adapt to a ‘new normal.’ Many of us, when our confidence levels had increased to go out and commit to our daily allowance of exercise, started to venture outdoors to complete a whole host of activities. Whether you chose one form of exercise or experimented with a few: walking, running, cycling, yoga in the park, the list is endless. Something that I started to turn to in order to clear my mind, with the help of Strava, was to discover new walking and cycling routes in my then local area of Oakham. I started to recognise the benefits of stepping out into the fresh air, in admiration of the beautiful landscapes surrounding me. As I got into the flow of things and became more familiar with particular routes, I started to relax and decided to start listening to podcasts in order to provide me with some company during my time outside.

Something that came as quite a surprise was that ‘self-help’ podcasts resonated with the interesting ways in which we as, usually sociable human beings, have had to adapt to our ‘new normal.’

There was one particular podcast which I found myself connecting to, listening to and enjoying on a regular basis called: ‘How to Fail’ with Elizabeth Day. A podcast in which Day interviews a different celebrity for each episode. The objective? The celebrities must come equipped to discuss 3 occasions, in their life, in which they failed at something. The failures spoken about include a range of things such as exams at school, rejection at auditions for television or stage and more personal failures such as income, pregnancy and mental health.

Some of Day’s guests, whom I am sure you will recognise include actors: Jamie Dornan, who some of you may recognise from the critically acclaimed BBC drama ‘The Fall,’ and Daisy Edgar-Jones who starred as Marianne in the BBC Three dramatized version of Normal People. Day has also interviewed modern philosophers: Alain De Botton, in which, they discussed how ‘good’ people can still fail and the concept that failure is the norm.

The truth is, in our lifetimes, we will, on average, encounter a failure once every ten years. Some people may experience a number of failures all at once, whereas for others, they can be sporadic throughout our lifetimes. Some of you might be sat watching this assembly thinking ‘I can’t think of a single event in which I have encountered a huge failure.’ If that is the case, lucky you!

The best life lesson that we can learn from our failures is how to pick ourselves back up again. Resilience shows strength of character, and with strength we can learn from our mistakes and try again. The more that we can start holding our hands up and admitting our mistakes, the more people will value and respect you. If you can use this lockdown to your advantage and recognise that remote and hybrid learning is unfamiliar, not only to you but also for your teachers and parents, we can start to forgive little technical failures. Technical failures such as accidentally forgetting to un-mute your microphone, or accidentally being ‘kicked out’ of a meeting because your wifi cut out. We can find the strength in recognising that we are all in the same boat. Everyone, during this period, will struggle with something personally or professionally.

The next time you feel your confidence diminishing because of a silly little mistake, think back to this and remember that failure leads to strength. Things will get better. We will return back to school and be together once again. Listen to podcasts, read books – life is about learning.

Thank you for listening and I wish you a successful week.