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ASSEMBLY By Natasha Brown

The narrator of Natasha Brown’s “Assembly” is a Black British woman. She is the obedient daughter of immigrants, the dutiful girlfriend to a self-satisfied liberal white man, and an amenable employee at a soul-crushing corporate bank in London. She floats through the world, chillingly observing others live their lives with hope and enthusiasm.

The narrator of this tightly conceived and distinctively written debut novel is perceptive, precise and unsparing with her words. Of a bitter co-worker who coasts as she toils, she says: “He rarely shows up before 11. As if each morning, fresh mediocrity slides out of the ocean, slimes its way over mossy rocks and sand, then sprouts skittering appendages that stretch and morph and twist into limbs as it forges on inland until finally, fully formed.” Yet, when it comes to herself, the narrator is coy, refusing to provide information that could sharpen her pixelated self-portrait. She has no name, no age and no preferences.

Brown’s taut novel arrives at a time of heightened and anxious interest in stories about the realities of anti-Black racism. “Assembly” will undoubtedly satiate the Anglophone publishing industry’s appetite for narratives about Black people’s experiences with white aggression — both macro and micro. (Brown’s attention to detail, especially about office life, reminded me of Raven Leilani’s “ Luster ,” while her inventive structure recalls Claudia Rankine’s “ Citizen .”) But this success should not overshadow the novel’s more interesting experiments with the elasticity of identity and the tensions between agency and powerlessness.

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School assembly: one of the many great traditions to be upended by the pandemic. According to this novel , that might not be such a bad thing. It looks like hymns and barely secular thoughts-for-the-day have been swapped out for inspirational, aspirational presentations packaged and delivered by young, gifted and disillusioned City workers, such as the narrator of Assembly, Natasha Brown’s debut . Disillusioned is perhaps the wrong word for someone who has never been, at least in one sense, under any illusions. You get the impression our narrator has always been, if not above, then over it.

It’s a story. There are challenges. There’s hard work, pulling up laces, rolling up shirtsleeves, and forcing yourself. Up. Overcoming, transcending, et cetera. You’ve heard it before. It’s not my life, but it’s illuminated two metres tall behind me and I’m speaking it into the soft, malleable faces tilted forwards on uniformed shoulders.

Illuminated, yes, but hardly illuminating. It tells us nothing about this story, this storyteller. Then again, neither does Assembly . We don’t even learn her name. We learn much more, even in passing, about those who surround her: friends, neighbours, acquaintances. Strangers, too, who freely dispense racial slurs at her on the Tube, in the street -– although, strictly speaking, in these cases we don’t so much learn as get to confirm what we already know.

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The boyfriend also remains nameless, the yin to our narrator’s yang. In fact, the other way round. The narrator comes to realise she is the “contrast”, the “sharp, black outline” he, and by extension his race (conceived of as a race), cannot live without. He’s nameless because, like her, he cannot truly be said to exist outside that narrative, these pages; outside black and white. He’s increasingly called “the son”, another half-owned identity, as we drift ever closer to the dreaded garden party at his family’s countryside manor the "plot" is supposedly heading towards and as our narrator migrates ever closer to the heart of the establishment that once made (still makes) a profit off people like her; bodies like hers.

The parents’ forced attempts to make her feel "at home" are, in this respect, doubly awkward. The only person not to see her as an asset, an analogy or a nuisance is her friend Rach who gives her the space just to be herself, to be “un-storied and direct”. But even this relationship is shot through with certain fictions. The two spend their time together mercilessly upgrading, optimising. “We made lists, reviewed our five-year plans and crunched out the Teflon-lined stomachs necessary for execution.” This is not an extension of a work life but life as work. No wonder she wants to quit.

A cancer diagnosis, snippets of which pop up throughout the book, seems a gift; a golden opportunity to just stop. Some readers might take issue with Brown’s use of this subject but, particularly filtered through her freshly clarified yet darkly comic style, the disease’s incorporation and light treatment (or non-treatment) conveys exactly the desire to no longer meet the requirements of a certain type of story. Cancer, the book seems to say, is just the thing a novel would form around, like a scab; would anaesthetise. Here it’s just one among many threads Brown handles and allowing it to weave in and out of the texture, in and amongst potted histories of private and public brutalities, allows her to question our ideas about survival and exactly what it means, especially for people of colour. If I am (or we are) not thriving, and only surviving, even on the ladder’s top rungs, why continue striving? Why not live and let die what would systematically and systemically be killed more slowly by other means? There are, of course, no easy answers.

As its central character (and the very notion of character) breaks down, so does Assembly – into pithy paragraphs and insights picking apart some of the illusions we, particularly in the UK, live under; are kept under. Some more than others. It knows stories are powerful things, that is, full of power, both its past and its potential – to humiliate, assimilate, eradicate. Brown covers a lot of this ground in a breathtakingly short space of time (100 pages) and in order to do so it’s no surprise the book degenerates or, rather, devolves to cultural criticism as criticism is one way to tell stories – tell, as in to account for them, to hold them to account – without necessarily having to tell them. It’s a way, at least in theory, of being direct, un-storied: yourself. Unless, of course, you are compelled to assemble that self into an article, a review, a thesis, a novel, a "work" - all of which Assembly at one point or another resembles. As an unexpected, and unexpectedly poetic, footnote late in the book observes, “It is remarkable, even/in the ostensible privacy of my own thoughts/I feel/(still)/compelled/to restrict what I say.” Let’s hope Natasha Brown keeps pushing at the limits: having these thoughts; sharing them.

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by Natasha Brown ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 14, 2021

A piercing meditation on identity and race in contemporary Britain.

A young Black woman considers her options.

At the center of this brilliant debut is a young Black British woman who works in finance. She works, and for as long as she can remember she has worked, in relentless pursuit of achievement, success, excellence. “I am everything they told me to become,” she says. Her White boyfriend comes from a moneyed old family, and an invitation to his parents’ anniversary party—a gargantuan affair—frames one end of this slim, swiftly moving novel. On the other end is a visit the narrator pays to her oncologist, where she discovers she has a decision to make. Between the oncologist and the party is an intense rumination on her choices, her life, and the pieces from which she’s managed to assemble an identity, however flawed. “I have emotions,” she says. “But I try to consider events as if they’re happening to someone else. Some other entity.” Indeed, the narrator seems painfully distant from both the people around her and the changes taking place in her life. She is constantly aware of how her appearance is utilized by others—part of her job, for instance, involves giving talks on diversity, for which her very presence is considered proof of her company’s success. In just over a hundred pages, Brown tackles not only race, but class, wealth, and gender disparities, the lingering effects of colonialism, and the limits of language (“How can I use such a language to examine the society it reinforces?” the narrator wonders). This is Brown’s first novel, and it has all the jagged clarity of a shard of broken glass.

Pub Date: Sept. 14, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-316-26826-4

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Aug. 17, 2021

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A dramatic, vividly detailed reconstruction of a little-known aspect of the Vietnam War.

A young woman’s experience as a nurse in Vietnam casts a deep shadow over her life.

When we learn that the farewell party in the opening scene is for Frances “Frankie” McGrath’s older brother—“a golden boy, a wild child who could make the hardest heart soften”—who is leaving to serve in Vietnam in 1966, we feel pretty certain that poor Finley McGrath is marked for death. Still, it’s a surprise when the fateful doorbell rings less than 20 pages later. His death inspires his sister to enlist as an Army nurse, and this turn of events is just the beginning of a roller coaster of a plot that’s impressive and engrossing if at times a bit formulaic. Hannah renders the experiences of the young women who served in Vietnam in all-encompassing detail. The first half of the book, set in gore-drenched hospital wards, mildewed dorm rooms, and boozy officers’ clubs, is an exciting read, tracking the transformation of virginal, uptight Frankie into a crack surgical nurse and woman of the world. Her tensely platonic romance with a married surgeon ends when his broken, unbreathing body is airlifted out by helicopter; she throws her pent-up passion into a wild affair with a soldier who happens to be her dead brother’s best friend. In the second part of the book, after the war, Frankie seems to experience every possible bad break. A drawback of the story is that none of the secondary characters in her life are fully three-dimensional: Her dismissive, chauvinistic father and tight-lipped, pill-popping mother, her fellow nurses, and her various love interests are more plot devices than people. You’ll wish you could have gone to Vegas and placed a bet on the ending—while it’s against all the odds, you’ll see it coming from a mile away.

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Though Hilderbrand threatens to kill all our darlings with this last laugh, her acknowledgments say it’s just “for now.”

A stranger comes to town, and a beloved storyteller plays this creative-writing standby for all it’s worth.

Hilderbrand fans, a vast and devoted legion, will remember Blond Sharon, the notorious island gossip. In what is purportedly the last of the Nantucket novels, Blond Sharon decides to pursue her lifelong dream of fiction writing. In the collective opinion of the island—aka the “cobblestone telegraph”—she’s qualified. “Well, we think, she’s certainly demonstrated her keen interest in other people’s stories, the seedier and more salacious, the better.” Blond Sharon’s first assignment in her online creative writing class is to create a two-person character study, and Hilderbrand has her write up the two who arrive on the ferry in an opening scene of the book, using the same descriptors Hilderbrand has. Amusingly, the class is totally unimpressed. “‘I found it predictable,’ Willow said. ‘Like maybe Sharon used ChatGPT with the prompt “Write a character study about two women getting off the ferry, one prep and one punk.”’” Blond Sharon abandons these characters, but Hilderbrand thankfully does not. They are Kacy Kapenash, daughter of retiring police chief Ed Kapenash (the other swan song referred to by the title), and her new friend Coco Coyle, who has given up her bartending job in the Virgin Islands to become a “personal concierge” for the other strangers-who-have-come-to-town. These are the Richardsons, Bull and Leslee, a wild and wealthy couple who have purchased a $22 million beachfront property and plan to take Nantucket by storm. As the book opens, their house has burned down during an end-of-summer party on their yacht, and Coco is missing, feared both responsible for the fire and dead. Though it’s the last weekend of his tenure, Chief Ed refuses to let the incoming chief, Zara Washington, take this one over. The investigation goes forward in parallel with a review of the summer’s intrigues, love affairs, and festivities. Whatever else you can say about Leslee Richardson, she knows how to throw a party, and Hilderbrand is just the writer to design her invitations, menus, themes, playlists, and outfits. And that hot tub!

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‘Assembly’ by Natasha Brown

Assembly by Natasha Brown

Fiction – paperback; Penguin; 104 pages; 2021.

Natasha Brown’s novella Assembly could be described as the tale of a woman preparing to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend’s family home in the English countryside, but it is so much more than this. On a much deeper level, it is also a scathing examination of institutional racism and the colonialist structure of British society.

Portrait of British life

It’s written in a series of eloquent vignettes from the perspective of a successful Black British woman who has climbed the career ladder in banking and done well for herself, but at every stage of her life, from school to job to buying her own home, she has had to keep her head below the parapet to avoid the naysayers who might suggest she doesn’t deserve it because of the colour of her skin .

As she prepares for the visit to her white boyfriend’s family home, she thinks about all the events in her life which have led her to this point. She feels complicit in aspiring for a life of “middle-class comfort” without challenging the institutions — the universities, banks and government — which have limited her choices because she lacked the prerequisite connections or money to venture into anything other than the financial industry.

Banks — I understood what they were. Ruthless, efficient money-machines with a byproduct of social mobility. Really, what other industry would have offered me the same chance? […] The financial industry was the only viable route upwards. I’d traded in my life for a sliver of middle-class comfort. For a future. My parents and grandparents had no such opportunities: I felt I couldn’t waste mine.

But this doesn’t sit well with her. She believes she’s become someone who knows her place in society and understands the limits to her ascent. She does not want the younger generation to have to deal with this too.

And she’s conscious that her boyfriend’s parents tolerate her because they are “good, socially liberated” people, but she knows that it’s all an illusion, that they think it’s just a phase their son is going through and it’s not the kind of relationship that would ever develop into anything serious. If it did, it would threaten “a purity of lineage” — though not in “any crass racial sense” but in the family’s “shared cultural mores and sensibilities” — and it would “wreck the family name”.

But this is a microcosm of what she’s experienced her whole life, trying to fit in and be accepted but knowing that if you scratch the surface it’s next to impossible:

Born here, parents born here, always lived here — still never from here.

And interwoven through all these negative thoughts is an unwanted medical diagnosis that she is refusing to deal with perhaps because she’s suffered enough and more suffering does not faze her.

Compelling read

Assembly is a challenging and at times confronting read, and it is relentless in its dissection of racism, but it’s written with such eloquence (and fury) that it’s compelling and hypnotic.

It doesn’t paint a particularly nice portrait of modern British life. It is littered with examples of micro-aggression and sexism in the workplace, the lack of social mobility opportunities, the “hostile environment” adopted by the government and the ways in which the ruling classes are geared towards preserving a certain way of life.

And the ending, uncertain and undefined, is a pitch-perfect reflection of a country on the precipice of choosing which direction to go: backward or forward?

Brona liked this one too (review here ) and so did Annabel (review here )

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Thank you for the link. This was a very thought-provoking novella, and one which I would definitely like to reread. What you say about the boyfriend’s parents hoping it’s a phase, reminds me of To Sir, With Love which I’ve just read in which Ricky gets a white girlfriend and her parents had the same reaction, but actually said it to his face! (This was the late 1950s)

Sounds like things haven’t much changed, to be fair.

I read this last year and was quite conflicted by it – I found the parts about institutional racism, liberal families and microaggressions etc well done and interesting, of huge value, but I didn’t do well with the shattered structure of the book and was confused by a couple of the plot strands. I will still leap at whatever she writes next, however.

How interesting. I missed the buzz for this one (not sure the buzz reached our shores to be honest) and hadn’t read any reviews of it, apart from the two listed above which I read after the fact. I really love writers that don’t spell everything out and let you fill in the gaps / interpret how you want and this one really chimed, particularly as (sorry to say this) I fell out of love with the UK post-Brexit (the main reason I repatriated after almost 21 years) and so the book really spoke to me. I’d actually give it five stars I liked it so much.

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Oh I am no fan of this country: if I had somewhere to repatriate to, I would, believe me! I thought the bits showing how shitty a country this is in so many ways and directly affecting the protagonist were valuable and good. I just struggled with the episodic nature of the writing – I don’t need to be told everything but I got lost on why she was replacing her passport was it, was that to do with the Hostile Environment and Windrush or something else, and the health thing seemed like a weird add on, like it was giving her a reason to give up but that road was hard that she was going to go down. I suppose I wanted more, and a longer book and also the blurb (I think I had it from NetGalley) suggested there was going to be a big scene at the party which I never really got.

I think the passport application was to highlight her fears about Windrush… or to make the point that being a British subject wasn’t always guaranteed by policies of the past. I saw the health thing as a metaphor for policies to remove “undesirables” but perhaps I was reading too much into it? Anyway, I think it’s safe to say this book didn’t work for you … as I always say, the world would be a dull place if we all liked the same things 😊

There was an awful lot good about it, though, and I can still think about and discuss it months afterwards, so a lot of it did work and just the structure didn’t. What is important is that a lot of people have read it and picked up on the issues it’s highlighting, which is all to the good.

A really excellent review, Kim. I read this book earlier this year and found it incredibly compelling too. (There’s a review of my blog from Feb, if you’re interested.) I think Brown exposes the shallowness of workplace diversity programmes so brilliantly through her narrator’s thoughts and feelings – and it’s just one of the issues/hypocrisies that she highlights in the book, most of which stem from the overwhelming pressure for people of colour to assimilate into a predominantly white society. As you say, the hangover from Britain’s colonial history remains a deeply troubling aspect of our society, and it’s good to see the resulting injustices being explored so intelligently here.

Thanks Jacqui, I will hunt out your review. There’s a telling scene in the book where some white guy fobs off her presence on some committee (I think) as merely the product of affirmative action and that she doesn’t deserve to be there. I’m sure this happens everywhere all the time — to women too — and it just made me livid. I think Natasha Brown’s real skill is skewering the arrogance and privilege (by sheer accident of birth) in scenes like this.

It sounds as if I should look this one out. Our country has been teetering on a precipice for several years now, and I’m not optimistic.

It’s a brilliant read, Margaret, if you like episodic stories with a hard hitting edge. It’s quick to read, too, as it’s very short.

I’ve just seen it’s available at our local library. Job (nearly) done.

I have a very small collection of books that as soon as I finish them, I strongly believe I will reread them, not so much for the pleasure, but because they DEMAND to be reread. To this day I have not reread any of them, but Assembly is now one of the books on the pile.

Thank you for the mention 🙂

I think this one has so much in it that it would benefit from multiple readings… there’s such a lot to unpick on all kinds of levels. Class, privilege, office life, career success, workplace policies, affirmative action, racism, sexism, interracial relationships, politics, Windrush, Brexit, immigration etc etc.

I thought this was really good, my book group chose to read it a few months ago. It gave us so much to discuss. I didn’t find the fragmentary style particularly engaging, which is odd because I don’t usually mind that kind of style.

Interesting to hear you didn’t find the fragmentary style engaging. I think the tone is fairly cold and emotionally distant, albeit fuelled by anger, and I wonder how you felt about that? I initially thought the tone of voice offputting but she had such interesting things to say I soon became hooked… and I think if it was more intimate in nature it wouldn’t have worked on the same level.

I think the anger came through brilliantly, it was something we talked about in our book group.

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In Natasha Brown’s short novel, Assembly, there is a literal plot—a financially successful woman who has just found out she has cancer must go to her boyfriend’s parents’ anniversary party—and also a metaphoric plot, one that circles around issues of class, social mobility, race and uncertainty, always uncertainty. The book is told from a first person narration and is similar to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway . Assembly , like Woolf’s novel, is a book of interiority. In some ways, it seems a response to Woolf. As if Mrs. Dalloway is at the other end: she is hosting the party that the narrator will attend. Woolf writes, “since her people were courtiers once in the time of the Georges, she, too, was going that very night to kindle and illuminate; to give her party.” Mrs. Dalloway is not uncertain in her Britishness, her feelings of belonging, whereas Brown’s narrator does not get this privilege:

The small envelope is government-brown in a pile of white. I open it and find my unsmiling face twice amongst the pages. Name, date of birth, citizenship. I am appalled at my relief and at this sort of relief—thin and substantive only as the paper it’s printed on. We’ve seen now, just as then, the readiness of this government and its enterprising Home Secretary to destroy paper, our records and proof. What is citizenship when you’ve watched screaming Go Home vans crawl your street? . . .When British, reduced to paper, is swept aside and trodden over?

For the narrator, her own identity is uncertain. She is Black and British. She is uncertain about how much she belongs in England and to this new class she has arrived in (new money) and the one she is about to marry into (old wealth). She speaks of her boyfriend’s wealthy father:

“He raised up his quill and drew me into their world. On the page of that evening I was a part of it, I belonged.”

Later she talks about the country she is from “I only know Jamaica from stories. Visiting aunts and uncles, cousins and family. . . A promise of a welcome, warm loving family, always, retreating. They all fly black.

“I stay here. Their English cousin.”

At her office, she is accused of unfairly benefiting from affirmative action. A man tells her it is easier for her because she is Black. He just wants things to be “fair.” Brown includes wisps of scenes, piled together, to create a compelling story about race in England. Brown’s work showcases what Claudia Rankine calls microaggressions with profound intellect and has created a Woolfian novel about them. The endless baderging of being Black in a White corporate world, having to deliver diversity speeches to schoolchildren, being treated as someone with money, but not wealth. The novel works very well.

Race, class and gender are encapsulated in a beautiful way in Assembly . The men continually ask the narrator to be lower than her class. The men in the office don’t know how to figure out an espresso machine and ask her to make their coffee. She is reduced, as a common trope: a person of color having to care for a white person. It is a kind of servitude, an expectation. This happens again when her co-worker asks her to buy his airplane ticket. She, a successful financial executive, is asked to do menial chores. This is where the suspense is created in the book. The reader wants to know: will she subscribe to all of this? Will she marry into this white, wealthy family? Will she continue to work at this firm? Or will she choose death, either literal or metaphoric?

If Assembly has a flaw, it’s that it is a novel in defiance of story. Our main narrator is not named. She is not fleshed out. She is, in some ways, a device: a symbol to show how racism affects many of this demographic: successful, Black women. The feeling of “story”, and by this I mean, a series of events with emotional consequences, comes at the end of the novel. We know she has been diagnosed with cancer. We know she is Black and potentially marrying into a White family. We know she must struggle with class. A laborer in the fields at the anniversary party calls out to her, “Pretty lady, you think it’s fair? You stroll in the sunshine while I work, eh?”  This is what interests me the most about Assembly ; it takes on what Woolf didn’t: race, class and gender and compounds it so the reader feels that they are in a pressure cooker of identities.

And yet, the novel returns to its most familiar place: uncertainty. The white boyfriend with all of his privileges suddenly becomes uncertain. A good novel allows us to question ourselves from every angle and Assembly does this brilliantly.

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Publication date: September 14, 2021

Reviewed by Alexis David

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A woman confronts the most important question of her life in this blistering, fearless, and unforgettable literary debut from "a stunning new writer" (Bernardine Evaristo).

Come of age in the credit crunch. Be civil in a hostile environment. Go to college, get an education, start a career. Do all the right things . Buy an apartment. Buy art. Buy a sort of happiness. But above all, keep your head down. Keep quiet. And keep going. The narrator of Assembly is a black British woman. She is preparing to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend's family estate, set deep in the English countryside. At the same time, she is considering the carefully assembled pieces of herself. As the minutes tick down and the future beckons, she can't escape the question: is it time to take it all apart? Assembly is a story about the stories we live within – those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers. And it is about one woman daring to take control of her own story, even at the cost of her life. With a steely, unfaltering gaze, Natasha Brown dismantles the mythology of whiteness, lining up the debris in a neat row and walking away.

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"Thank you," he says into the sudden silence of the stopped engine. He looks down at the steering wheel. We're parked on the gravel driveway outside his parents' house. Beyond, across the lawn, a few windows glow orange against the night. He says he's glad I came. With the biopsy, all that stuff—he pauses and turns to me. In the dim light, I see earnestness in his features. His eyes are dark shadows. "I'm just happy you're okay," he says. Then leans over and kisses my cheek. Outside, it's quiet and oppressively still. The wrought-iron entry gate has slid back into a closed grimace. Miniature lamp posts cast narrow yellow cones, illuminating a path up towards the house. The parents greet us at the door. Helen and George—first names, as they insist—bundle me inside. A radiator-bench hulks against one wall of their wide entryway. They're all smiles, close and welcoming. The mother, Helen, rubs her son's shoulder. They take me through to a cosy, ...

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What makes Brown's story so affective and effective is that she writes lovely passages of her narrator's conflict: her external success and internal doubt. At work, despite her $2,000 office chair and corner window, she is seen as nothing more than a diversity hire, which leaves her feeling powerless despite her achievements. And at home, her privileged white boyfriend diminishes her wounds, suggesting that his wealth is the same as her success. There is no escaping her invisibility. I appreciated the vignette style of Brown's writing more than I expected to. Assembly feels like tiny pieces of light stitched together with a thread that at any moment could break apart. The author is inventive and historical and poetic. She has written a personal story of racial wounds... continued

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Last updated February 13, 2024

Are you looking for ideas to liven up your school assemblies? Here are some great suggestions to get you started!

From fun and interactive presentations to engaging guest speakers, there are plenty of ways to make your assemblies more exciting and worthwhile for students and staff.

So try out these ideas and see what works best for your school!

Related : For more, check out our article on the Top 20 School Trip Ideas .

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Assembly Idea 1: Climate Change

Start your academic year with an assembly that educates students about climate change and its effects. Students can hear firsthand about the current U.S. government policies, ways to fight climate change locally, and global initiatives taking place to help protect the environment.

Your assembly can also feature a panel discussion with advocates, climate researchers, or local activists, providing their insight into the impacts of climate change and what actions we can take as a community to support environmentalism.

This assembly is a great way to arm your student body with meaningful knowledge and tools they can use to make a difference in our planet’s future!

Check out the Class Assembly Scripts we have written for each year group!

Assembly Idea 2: Fireworks Night/ The Gunpowder Plot

Fireworks Night or The Gunpowder Plot are great ideas for school assemblies! This assembly combines history and excitement as it recreates the infamous plot hatched by a group of English Catholics to blow up the House of Lords. Learning more about this famous historical event is an excellent opportunity for the students.

With a dramatic narration, re-enactment, and plenty of exploding sound effects, teachers and students alike can enjoy this creative approach to learning. A bonus is that students experience the thrill of fireworks during their school day!

Assembly Idea 3: The History Of Halloween

As we approach the end of October, why not use our school assembly time to explore the history of Halloween? We can look back to ancient Celtic and Christian celebrations that have evolved into the fun holiday we all enjoy today.

Students can learn about its origins while still having lots of fun—from sharing costumes and incorporating games into the assembly.

Exploring different cultures is an invaluable opportunity, and learning about the history of Halloween is a great way to do this. It will give members of our school community a newfound appreciation for what makes Halloween so unique.

Assembly Idea 4: The Meaning of Christmas

With decorations and festivities, the Christmas season offers children an opportunity to learn about this holiday’s history. At your school assembly, challenge students to think about the meaning of Christmas by discussing how it evolved in both a secular and spiritual context.

Bring in particular interactive elements such as carolling or special music that reinforces the importance of the holiday message that emphasises love, joy, hope, and peace.

You can also invite guest speakers with personal stories to share relevant to the theme of Christmas to help bring your points home. This assembly will foster powerful conversations and meaningful reflection on what makes Christmas and life exceptional and inspiring!

Assembly Idea 5: New Year Resolutions

A new school year brings a chance to set big goals, think about improving, and have fun! A New Year Resolution assembly idea makes it easy to get the whole school thinking, setting goals, and having a blast while doing it. Have an explanation of a New Year resolution and examples of some real answers from students. Encourage everyone to take part and make their own.

To make this interactive, you could allow students to share some of their resolutions in front of the school, motivating them to stick with those resolutions throughout the year. It’s also an excellent way for other students and staff to become inspired by each other’s ideas and advice.

What better way to kick off a fantastic academic year than with an inspirational new effort radiating throughout the school?

Assembly Idea 6: The Start of Spring

As the winter snow melts away and leaves new life in its wake, it’s time to celebrate the start of spring with an assembly idea that allows your student body to connect with nature! Planting a school garden or beautification project is a great way for students to get outside and create meaningful change.

Not only can this activity help with class unity, but it will also make the school more attractive and often more environmentally conscious. Incorporating special activities like an art mural project or light engineering challenge could provide a fun and educational experience for everyone involved.

By introducing the season of growth and renewal through an assembly focused on making nature-based changes, your student body can embody those feelings all year!

Assembly Idea 7: How To Beat Exam Stress

As the school year progresses and exams come around, it’s normal for some students to become overwhelmed with stress. An assembly focused on coping with exam stress can be a great way to remind everyone of how they can better manage their time and emotions during this busy time.

You can also give students a chance to practice breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, visualisation and goal-setting exercises that they can use during their exams.

Finally, emphasise the importance of taking breaks and getting enough rest during this period so your students can be in the best condition to tackle the challenges ahead!

Assembly Idea 8: Harvest Festival/ Food Banks

As the farming season approaches, host an assembly on food banks and how to give back to those in need. Talk about volunteering and donating to food banks during this time of year.

Have local food bank volunteer volunteers explain what they do and why it’s so crucial for people in the community to participate. You can also organise a food drive within the school or encourage students to volunteer with a local food bank.

By emphasising how everyone can make a difference in someone else’s life, your assembly will surely leave everyone feeling empowered and inspired!

Assembly Idea 9: Global Citizen

Encourage cultural understanding and awareness of our global community by hosting an assembly celebrating differences. Have a guest speaker or panel who can speak about their own culture and experiences living abroad.

You could also organise an interactive activity where students are asked to explore different cultures, such as trying new foods, listening to traditional music, and learning about other religions and customs.

This type of assembly would help open your student’s minds to our diverse and vibrant world while fostering a sense of appreciation for different cultures.

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Assembly Idea 10: Children’s Mental Health Week

Mental health is an increasingly important topic, especially regarding children. Hosting an assembly honouring Children’s Mental Health week would raise awareness and support anyone struggling with mental health issues.

Invite guest speakers or experts who can talk about the importance of understanding and addressing mental health issues and how to seek help if needed.

This assembly could also focus on mindful breathing and relaxation exercises that children can practice at home or a creative outlet like art therapy during which students can express their feelings.

By providing this support, your student body will be better equipped with the resources to cope with mental health challenges.

Assembly Idea 11: Anti-Bullying Week

Bullying and cyberbullying are serious issues that can have a lasting impact on young people. Hosting an assembly to commemorate Anti-Bullying Week is one way to ensure your student body is informed about the importance of kindness and respect for others.

You could hold an interactive activity or workshop to help students role-play different scenarios where someone is being bullied so that they can practice responding positively.

By emphasising the importance of creating a safe, respectful learning environment for everyone, your assembly will help ensure that all students feel supported and respected.

Assembly Idea 12: World Book Day

Holding a special assembly to commemorate World Book Day is an excellent way to encourage students to read and explore literature. Invite authors, illustrators, librarians, or other book lovers who can discuss the importance of reading and how it has impacted their lives.

You can also organise a book drive within the school to donate books to those in need or provide students with the opportunity to discuss their favourite books and authors during an interactive activity.

Celebrating World Book Day can help foster a love of reading and writing amongst your student body!

Assembly Idea 13: Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd, making it the perfect occasion for a classroom assembly.

You could also organise an activity or workshop where students are encouraged to devise creative solutions for reducing waste or conserving energy in their school and community.

By celebrating Earth Day, you can help your students become environmentally conscious citizens passionate about protecting our planet!

Assembly Idea 14: Lunch Hall Etiquette

Good manners and etiquette are essential for a respectful and welcoming learning environment. Hosting an assembly focused on lunch hall etiquette is one way to ensure that your student body understands the importance of being courteous while in the cafeteria.

Invite guests such as chefs, dietitians, or nutrition experts who can discuss proper behaviour when eating in the lunch hall. You can also hold a fun interactive activity or workshop to help students practice good manners at mealtime.

By emphasising the importance of being polite in the cafeteria, your assembly will help create a positive atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable!

Assembly Idea 15: Behaviour Management Expectations

Effects of poor behaviour can extend far beyond the classroom and have lasting impacts on students and their peers. Invite guest speakers trained in positive behaviour management to your assembly to discuss key strategies for managing challenging behaviours.

You could also allow students to role-play different scenarios where someone is exhibiting negative behaviour so that they can practice responding positively and effectively.

By emphasising the importance of respectful behaviour, your assembly will help create an inclusive learning environment for all students!

Assembly Idea 16: Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is an essential skill that students need to develop to become financially responsible adults. Invite financial experts or entrepreneurs who can speak about budgeting, saving, and investing.

You can also organise an interactive activity or workshop where students can practice creating a simple budget and deciding how to allocate their money.

By emphasising the importance of understanding financial concepts, your assembly will help equip your students with the knowledge they need to make informed financial decisions!

Assembly Idea 17: Anti-Bullying Week

Bullying is an issue that affects students in all grade levels. Celebrate Anti-Bullying Week with a classroom assembly to spread awareness about the lasting effects of bullying and how everyone can take a stand against it.

Invite guest speakers who have experienced or witnessed bullying and are trained in positive behaviour management .

You could also provide students with resources to ensure they know their rights and responsibilities regarding bullying. By celebrating Week, you can create an environment where everyone feels safe and respected!

Assembly Idea 18: Switch Off Fortnight

As global citizens, we must do our part to conserve energy. Hold a Switch Off Fortnight assembly to help your students become more conscious of how much electricity they use and its environmental impact.

Invite guest speakers who can discuss how small changes like switching off lights and unplugging appliances when not in use can make a big difference.

You can also organise interactive activities and workshops to help students learn about energy conservation and develop strategies for reducing their electricity usage.

By emphasising the importance of conserving energy, your assembly will help your students become environmentally responsible citizens!

Assembly Idea 19: Black History Month

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Black History Month is a necessary time to celebrate the histories and achievements of black people in America. Invite guest speakers who can discuss the struggles and triumphs of African Americans throughout history, as well as their continued fight for equality and justice.

You could also organise activities or workshops to help students learn about influential black figures in American history or create a school-wide art project to commemorate and celebrate the accomplishments of black people.

By highlighting the importance of Black History Month, your assembly will help students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for African Americans’ contributions to our society!

Assembly Idea 20: Sports Day

Sports Day is a great way to get students excited and involved in physical activities. Invite professional athletes or coaches from your local sports team to discuss the importance of leading an active lifestyle.

ThemeAssembly Idea
Cultural Awareness“Celebrating World Cultures” – A journey through international traditions and customs.
Environmental Issues“Going Green” – Understanding our impact on the planet and ways to protect the environment.
Historical Events“On This Day in History” – Commemorating significant historical events that occurred on the assembly date.
Inspirational Stories“Heroes Among Us” – Sharing stories of individuals who have made a positive impact on society.
Science & Innovation“Exploring the Cosmos” – An introduction to space exploration and recent scientific discoveries.
Arts and Creativity“The Art of Expression” – Showcasing student artwork, performances, and creative writing.
Health & Wellbeing“Mind and Body” – Tips on maintaining mental and physical health, including exercise and mindfulness.
Social Responsibility“Community Champions” – Highlighting the importance of community service and volunteer work.
Literary Celebrations“A World of Words” – Encouraging reading and writing through author talks or poetry readings.
Seasonal Events“Winter Wonders” – Exploring the science of the season and cultural winter celebrations.
Technological Advances“Tech Talks” – Discussing the latest in technology and its implications for the future.
Moral Values“Character Counts” – Focusing on a character trait such as honesty, respect, or empathy.
Career Exploration“Future Paths” – Introducing different career options and what it takes to succeed in them.
Sports and Teamwork“The Spirit of Competition” – The importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and healthy competition.
Historical Figures“Legends of the Past” – Learning about influential figures and their contributions to society.

You can also organise interactive games and activities incorporating different sports skills and techniques.

Celebrate the day with a school-wide tournament where everyone can participate and compete against each other.

By emphasising the importance of physical activity and healthy competition, your assembly will help foster a sense of camaraderie and teamwork among your students!

Assemblies are a great way to get everyone in the school together and discuss essential issues. If you’re looking for ideas, here are 20 assembly ideas your students will love.

Do you have any other assembly ideas that have been a hit with your students? Let us know in the comments below!

What is a school assembly?

A school assembly is a gathering of all or part of a school for the purpose of conveying information or conducting a special activity. It’s a platform where students learn collectively, engage with different topics, and share experiences.

Why are assemblies important in schools?

Assemblies are integral to the educational experience. They foster a sense of community, provide a platform for students to express themselves, and offer an opportunity to discuss important issues. They also help in instilling values like respect, empathy, and teamwork among students.

What topics are usually covered in school assemblies?

Topics can range widely depending on the age group and the school’s curriculum. They might include academic achievements, school announcements, cultural celebrations, discussions on social issues, or guest speaker presentations.

Are parents allowed to attend school assemblies?

This varies from school to school. Some schools encourage parental involvement and invite parents to certain assemblies, while others may limit attendance to staff and students. It’s best to check with your child’s school for their specific policy.

How can I make school assemblies more engaging?

Variety is key. Mix up the format – consider guest speakers, student-led presentations, interactive activities, and multimedia. Also, make sure the content is relevant and relatable to the students’ lives.

How often should a school hold assemblies?

The frequency of assemblies depends on the school’s schedule and objectives. Some schools hold them daily, some weekly, and others schedule them as needed for special occasions or events.

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Why students should read more: an assembly

Last Thursday was “World Book Day.” As Head of English and self-proclaimed “reader”, it was my responsibility to be all over it.

I really wasn’t.

I’ve been shamed by looking at the amazing things schools did on Twitter, and I have no excuses other than: 1. There’s absolutely no way I am dressing up as a book character and therefore I can’t really mandate other people to, and 2. It took me by surprise.

I feel like September was about fifteen minutes ago, when I started the year thinking about all the wonderful and exciting things I was going to implement in my department to do with reading. In our Middle Leaders CPD, I chose encouraging reading in the school as my project, and in November when I touched base with the CPD leader she gave me some inspiring ideas for this World Book Day thing and I became really excited about it.

And then, all of a sudden, it was next week and I had to give out some tokens; oh, and could you do an assembly?

Realising I had entirely missed the World Book Day boat, I tried to pull together the best assembly of my life (not hard – I have delivered precisely one assembly, albeit delivered four times).

The assembly begins with this image, which I stole shamelessly from Tessa Matthews , for students to glance at during the time they file into their seats.

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I began by introducing myself, and this has proved to be a valuable aspect – I really ought to have done an assembly sooner, as the number of students who asked me what happened to the previous Head of English and why did I steal his job (he has been promoted to Deputy Head) has been incredible. Even some of my own students came up to me later that week asking: “are you really the Head of English?” which I felt was a bit of a title-fail on my part.

I then said that my opening gambit was that every book will teach you something, and I reeled off a variety of lessons I had learned from books. These were: amazing vocabulary from Woolf’s Orlando , about the Napoleonic Wars in War and Peace , how it feels to lose someone you love from Looking for Alaska and form Lord of the Rings that I don’t like that kind of book – but that’s ok, because you won’t like every book, you just have to read them all to find that out!

The initial image was then shown again, and I explained that it makes me think of all the things I don’t know, and all the things I haven’t done. I then listed some of the things I haven’t done:

  • Been to California
  • Lived in the Victorian era
  • Married a prince
  • Been elected to office

and explained that, through reading ( The Grapes of Wrath , Middlemarch , Grimm’s Fairy Tales , The Audacity of Hope ) I could experience all of these aspects, even if I will never experience some of them in reality.

For what I don’t know, I showed a slide with just an ellipsis, and waxed lyrical on how we don’t know what we don’t know, complete with Socrates’ famous quote.

I segued from this to say that it wasn’t only “really cool English teachers who love to read”, but that people slightly more famous than us also do. I used three examples, all of whom were white and male (and two dead), thus undercutting my own preference for an inclusive representation in all aspects of life – in my defence, I made the assembly at high speed. I spoke about Steve Jobs, who loved William Blake; Phil Knight (founder of Nike) who has a library in his house and makes his guests take their shoes off before entering (books before shoes!) and Winston Churchill, who accomplished many great political things but has a Nobel Prize for Literature.

Perhaps the most powerful part of the assembly came when I used Maths to back up my arguments – our kids seemed to love the facts and figures. I showed the following charts from the National Literacy Trust and talked the students through what they were showing – the more you read, and the more you love reading, the more you will achieve:

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I also stole this image from someone on Twitter, but now don’t know who to thank:

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This image had a massive impact, and I enjoyed saying “one million eight hundred thousand words” about seven times in the course of the assembly.

All of which led to my final argument: the more you read, and if you enjoy reading, and the more you read great books, you will be smarter, happier and more successful.

I’ve had a lovely response to this assembly, including some warming comments from staff members. The best outcome is undeniably the number of students who I’ve not had any dealings with, coming up to me in corridors or in the lunch hall and telling me what they have read, what they would recommend to me, or asking for a book recommendation.

All in all, World Book Day came and went and I hang my head in shame; but I hope that my message of reading will live on regardless. Now: to plan next year’s reading assemblies!

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I’m in the position of having to prepare a Literacy “Theme of the Week” and this has been invaluable, thank you so much! Your ideas and approach are brilliant and hopefully my school will have a positive response to them.

Thank you again. 🙂

Thank you for sharing this! I have used many of your ideas for my own assembly. I couldn’t have done it better without this!

I couldn’t help wondering what role you saw for the school library in encouraging reading for pleasure. Or dosn’t your school have one?

Hello Jo, this whole blog really highlights why you need a dedicated librarian in your school – indeed every school. Not to undermine the good work you are doing (the assembly sounds great, and I don’t question your committment to reading) – but how (why?) can you be expected to run the library as well as be a full time English teacher? WBD is exactly the kind of thing that your librarian would be all over – managing a school library includes promoting reading for pleasure, as well as teaching information literacy and research skills. It is a full time job for a trained professional!

Thank you – this is most inspiring and I will be using some of these ideas at an assembly at my school in Hong Kong next week : )

This is amazing. I was about to make a pretty rubbish set of slides to try to convince my whingy form group that reading isn’t the worst thing ever and this has completely inspired me to make something a lot better. Thank you so much!!!

I was loosing the will coming up with ideas to reignite reading at my school. Thank you so much..

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Book Review Examples

A book review is a common assignment that allows the students to demonstrate the author’s intentions in the book. It also provides them with the chance not only to criticize but also to give constructive criticism on how they can make improvements.

The purpose of writing a book review is to come up with your opinion about the author’s ideas presented in the book. On the other hand, a book analysis is completely based on opinions that are relevant to the book.

Writing a review is something that can be done with any book that you read. However, some genres are harder to write. But with a proper plan, you can easily write a great review on any book.

Read some short book review examples in this guide. They will help you understand the key elements of writing a great review in no time.

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If you are assigned to write a book review, referring to some examples will be of great help. In addition, reading examples before starting the writing process will help you understand what elements are needed for a great book review. There are also many review sites online you can get help from.

Academic book reviews follow a fairly simple structure. It usually includes an introduction, middle paragraphs, and a conclusion that sums up all the ideas.

For a great book review, here are the things you need to focus on during the writing process.

  • The main argument presented by the author
  • Author’s methodologyAppropriateness for the audience
  • Relationship to the real world

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If you don’t know how to write a book review, look at the following steps.

The first step is to plan and create an outline that includes all the points that you will have to cover in the review. Don’t forget to include all the information about the characters, plot information, and some other parts of the chosen book.

The three parts of a book review are:

1. Provide a Summary

What is the book about? Write about the main characters and what is the conflict that is discussed in the book.

2. Provide Your Evaluation

Share your thoughts about the book and what elements work best.

3. Rate the Book

Rate and recommend the book to others who will enjoy reading this book.

If you need to submit a book review soon, we suggest you start reading some book reviews online. Here you can also find some good book review writing examples to understand how to craft each section of a book review.

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Critical Book Review Examples

A book review is a critical evaluation of the book, movie, or any other literary work. It has two goals: the first is to inform the readers about the content of the book, and the second is to evaluate your judgment about the book.

A book review is more than a book report. A review is basically a critical essay that evaluates the merits of a literary work. The purpose of writing a book review is not to prove that you have read a book but to show that you think critically about the chosen book.

When you are asked to write a critical book review, you need to identify, summarize and evaluate the ideas of the author. In simpler words, you will be examining and evaluating another person’s work from your point of view.

Science Book Review Examples

A scientific book review will contain the same elements as writing a review for a fiction book; some elements might vary. When you are reviewing a scientific text, you need to pay attention to the writing style and the validity of the content.

Most students turn to non-fictional sources of information. It is important to make sure the information you provide in your review is factual and scientific.

Book review writing can be difficult if you don’t know how to follow the standard protocols. That’s where our reliable book review writing service aims to provide the necessary help.

No matter what your academic level is, we can provide you with the best book review writing help. This type of writing assignment can be tricky and time-consuming. So, if you don’t know how to crack this task, better get professional help.

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Here are some steps that will help you to write a book review example.

  • Start writing with few sentences and describe what the book is all about
  • Focus on your thoughts
  • Mention things that you dont like about the book.
  • Summarize your thoughts.
  • Give rating to the book.

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Updated on: October 5, 2023

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School Morning Assembly Anchoring Script in English for Students

How to Conduct Morning Assembly in School in English | Anchoring Scripts for School Morning Assembly Presentations 

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Morning Assembly Anchoring Script In English: Welcome to the enriching world of school assemblies, the vital heartbeat of every educational institution. Anchoring these gatherings is not merely a responsibility; it’s a skill, a talent that blossoms with the right script and planning.

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Our Anchoring Speech for Morning Assembly & Anchoring Guide for School Assembly offers you a comprehensive walkthrough, starting from an energizing introduction to a resonating conclusion, while showcasing multiple segments that make your morning assembly engaging, informative, and inspiring. So, join us as we unravel the art of anchoring school morning assemblies.

Discover the art of successful anchoring with our comprehensive guide to planning and conducting morning school assemblies.

We are sharing a step-by-step approach, including an engaging Anchoring speech script and tips for integrating various educational and entertaining segments. Be it thought of the day, science trivia, or showcasing talents, we cover it all!

Team Building and Role Assignment for Morning Assembly

A well-organized morning assembly requires a committed team. Form a core group comprising students and teachers, with each member assigned a specific role such as schedule manager, speaker coordinator, or technical support. This division of responsibility ensures smooth execution and cultivates teamwork.

Sample and Format of Script for School During Morning Assembly:

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Anchoring Script for Introduction by the Anchor:

Anchor First: Good Morning Respected Principal, Teachers, and My Dear Friends. ds. I am [Your Name], your host for today’s morning assembly. As we gather in unity and spirit, we welcome the brand-new day with open hearts. Let’s step into the world of learning and discovery as we commence today’s assembly.”

Anchoring Script for Moment of Silence or Meditation:

Anchor Second: “Before we start our morning assembly, let’s pause for a moment. Close your eyes, calm your minds, take a deep breath, and meditate for a minute. In this silence, find your purpose for the day.”

Anchoring Script for Thought of the Day:

Anchor First: “To fuel our minds with inspiration, here is our ‘Thought of the Day for Morning Assembly.’ ‘Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.’ May this thought guide us through our endeavors.”

Or Thank you for that. Now, let’s kick off our daily assembly with an inspiring ‘Thought of the Day.’ Here’s [Student’s Name] [Class Name] or [House name] to share with us.

Prayer or Spiritual Song Script for Morning Assembly

Anchor Second:  “Prayer gives us hope and strength. So, let’s unite our voices in singing our school prayer, inviting divine blessings for the day ahead.”

Science Fact of the Day Anchoring Script

Anchor First:  “The world of science is full of wonders! Did you know that an octopus has three hearts? Yes, two pump blood to the gills, while the third pumps it to the rest of the body. Astonishing, isn’t it? Let’s keep our curiosity alive and continue learning fascinating facts like these.”

Or Thanks, [Student’s Name]. That’s a wonderful way to start our day. Now, let’s switch gears to something interesting. Let’s hear a cool ‘Science Fact’ from [Student’s Name] [Class Name] or [House name].

Anchoring Script for Talent Showcase in Morning Assembly

Anchor Second:  Now It’s time to celebrate the unique talents that bloom in our school. Let’s put our hands together for [Student’s Name], who will mesmerize us with their exceptional skills.”

Anchoring Script for News Update for School Assembly

Anchor First:  “Staying informed is the first step towards responsible citizenship. Now, let’s hear [Student’s Name] present the latest happenings from around the globe.”

Or That was amazing (For the last Event), [Student’s Name]! Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Next, it’s time to keep ourselves updated with what’s happening around us. Here’s [Student’s Name] [Class Name] or [House name] with the ‘News Update.’

Anchoring Script for Student Achievement Recognition:

Anchor Second:  “Success isn’t just about winning; it’s about effort. And when effort is continuously put in, it transforms into achievement. Today, we are thrilled to recognize [Student’s Name] [Class Name] or [House name] for their outstanding accomplishment in [specific area].”

Anchoring Script for Guest Speaker or Motivational Talk:

Anchor First:  “Today, we are privileged to have [Guest’s Name] with us. Let’s extend a warm welcome as they share their valuable insights and experiences to inspire us.”

Guest Speech or Motivational talk – After Speech, Thanks to Him/Her.

Anchoring Script for Special Assembly Announcements:

Anchor Second:  “Listen up, folks! We have some significant updates and reminders about upcoming events. Your attention, please.”

Anchoring Script for School Pledge

Anchor First:  “Let us now come together to declare our commitment and responsibility. Please stand straight, place your right hand over your heart, and repeat after me our school pledge.”

Remember, the specific words of your school pledge would follow here and will depend on your school’s specific pledge.

Anchoring Script for Cultural Performance:

Student First: “Culture is the soul of a society. Today, we have a special performance that highlights the rich cultural diversity that our school cherishes. Let’s give a huge round of applause to our performers.”

Anchoring Script for Health and Wellness Tips:

Student Second: “Health is our most precious wealth. Here’s a quick tip for all of us today – remember to stay hydrated. Drinking enough water is essential for our bodies to function well. Let’s make it a habit to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.”

Anchoring Script for Environmental Awareness Segment:

Student first: “It’s our duty to safeguard the planet for future generations. Did you know that a single tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year? Let’s pledge to plant more trees and contribute to a greener Earth.”

Anchoring Script for Sports Updates or Highlights:

Student Second: “Sports instill teamwork and perseverance. Our school’s cricket team has made us proud by winning the inter-school championship. A hearty congratulations to the team and their coach!”

Birthdays or Special Occasions Anchoring Script

Student First: “We love to celebrate each other. Today, we have a special occasion. Let’s all wish [Student’s Name] a very Happy Birthday! May you be blessed with happiness and success.”

Book or Literature Review Anchoring Script

Student Second: “Books are our best friends. Today, [Student’s Name] will share a review of the book they recently read, [Book’s Title]. Listen closely, and you might find your next favourite read.”

Anchoring Script for Inspirational Story or Anecdote:

Student First: “A powerful story can inspire us to push our limits. Let’s tune in to an inspiring tale shared by [Student’s Name]. May this story motivate us to strive for greatness.”

Anchoring Script for Quiz or Interactive Activity:

Student Second: “It’s time to ignite our brains with a fun quiz and quiz on Current Affairs . Get ready to answer questions on various topics. Remember, it’s not about winning but about learning something new.”

Anchoring Script for Values or Life Skills Lesson:

“Values shape our character. Today’s life skill lesson is on ‘Empathy.’ Let’s remember to understand and share the feelings of others. In doing so, we make our world a kinder place.”

Anchoring Script for National Anthem:

“Let’s stand together, filled with respect and patriotism , as we pay homage to our nation with the National Anthem. Everyone, please stand in attention.”

Thanks, [Student’s Name]. It’s always good to stay together. Now, let’s stand tall and proud for our ‘National Anthem.’

[National Anthem Plays] 

Anchoring Script for Exam Prayer

Anchor: “As we face the challenge of our upcoming exams, let’s pause for a moment, unite in spirit, and seek divine guidance. Please join me in the Exam Prayer for wisdom, calm, and perseverance.”

Remember, the specific words of the prayer would follow here and will depend on your school’s specific prayer.

[your School Exam Prayer]

Anchoring Script for Morning Assembly Conclusion by the Anchor:

“As we wrap up today’s assembly, let’s carry the lessons and inspirations from today into the rest of our day. Remember, each day is a new opportunity. Thank you for your attentive participation. Have a wonderful day!”

Anchor: “As we are near to end the of today’s assembly so let’s carry forward the energy, inspiration, and lessons into our day. Remember, every challenge is an opportunity to learn something new and it will help us to grow. Let’s make today a great day. Thank you, everyone, and have an enriching day ahead!”

These Speech scripts can be customized based on the specific details of each section, Program or segment. Remember to deliver your Speech with confidence and clarity.

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Enhancing the Anchoring Experience for School Morning Assembly

Tips for effective delivery of anchoring speech in morning assembly.

Effective anchoring is marked by a clear voice, a confident demeanour, and smooth transitions between segments. Practice your script, make eye contact with the audience, and maintain a pleasant expression.

Handling Unexpected Situations Tips 

Technical glitches or sudden changes are not uncommon. Stay composed and think on your feet to keep the assembly moving.

Continuous Improvement and Feedback Incorporation

Post-assembly, seek feedback from peers and teachers. Constructive criticism can help improve future assemblies.

FAQs Morning Assembly Anchoring Script In English

What is the best anchoring script for a school morning assembly”:.

A good anchoring script for a school morning assembly is one that is well-written, engaging, informative, and tailored to the specific audience and occasion.

2. Why is an anchoring script important for Morning Assembly?

An anchoring script is important because it ensures the smooth and organized flow of the event.

3. What are the key elements of a good anchoring script?

A good anchoring script is one that is well-written, engaging, and informative. It should also be tailored to the specific audience and occasion.

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School Assemblies Should Leave a Lasting Impression

A school assembly is the perfect way to gather teachers and students together for an all-school message. Some school assemblies are for announcements. Others are for fun and games, but the best school assemblies are designed to change lives. The fact is, that school principals, counselors, and other leaders can best utilize school assemblies when they are designed to support the social and emotional growth of students. TEEN TRUTH’s school assemblies offer customized programming that has been trusted by 1,000’s of schools across North America. Our school assemblies serve as a unique opportunity for the country’s top motivational speakers to present a message of hope, connection, and resilience to your students!

What is a School Assembly?

A school assembly is when a school gathers all of their students into a theater or gym for a live speaking event. Sometimes it is important to schedule school assembly programs during a specific social-emotional effort on campus such as Red Ribbon Week or Anti-Bully Month. Schools can also utilize an assembly for schools during times of the year when they feel that students need an uplifting and motivational message. TEEN TRUTH’s speakers are the top youth speakers in the industry and offer a combination of motivational story telling, interactive activities, and award-winning student filmed content.

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TEEN TRUTH’s school assembly is designed to stop bullying, teen suicide, and social-emotional issues in their tracks. Skip the magicians and comedians, book a trusted school assembly that will build your school culture and empower student voice.

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Why Choose TEEN TRUTH’s School Assembly Program?

Infused with the very same student-created films that made us a leader in educational content, the TEEN TRUTH: School Assembly uses engaging storytelling, real-world examples, and audience participation to teach students how to identify different forms of social-emotional pressures. TEEN TRUTH motivates students to be the difference on campus and in life. We can customize our presentation to your school and you get to select from a wide array of student filmed content.

Why You Should Hire School Assembly Speakers

School assemblies play an integral role in building a school’s culture. They help students, teachers, and even members of the administration develop a shared feeling of unity. A school assembly speaker can strengthen your student’s interest and enthusiasm for school. It can cultivate a positive learning environment that is suitable for student growth and development.

Regular assemblies are a platform for school leaders to lay out important information such as upcoming events, activities, announcements, or relevant school happenings. But, it’s important to remember that assemblies aren’t just all about keeping your school informed. Effective school assemblies should engage, excite, and motivate students.

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Assembly for Schools…

Assembly for Schools holds a significant role in the education system, serving as a central platform where students come together not just physically, but also emotionally and intellectually. These school gatherings go beyond routine announcements; they represent a crucial junction where diverse ideas, motivations, and insights intersect. From dynamic speakers who fuel ambition to discussions dissecting intricate societal matters, assemblies broaden perspectives and cultivate a sense of togetherness. Moving beyond regular classes, these assemblies offer a chance for collective introspection and the nurturing of a shared school ethos. Whether it’s applauding achievements, delving into current affairs, or rallying for positive change, “ Assembly for Schools ” embodies the pulse of a school community, alive with youthful energy and the promises of the future.

Why do Schools Have Assembly Speakers?

Holding routine assemblies can quickly become repetitive and boring. If you want to conduct an exciting and impactful assembly, enlist a professional school assembly speaker. Since one of the goals of having a school assembly is to increase student motivation, getting the help of an experienced school motivational speaker allows you to do just that.

Many schools report that in the following weeks and months after conducting an assembly with a professional speaker, students have displayed:

  • Significant performance increases in test scores and interest in participating in class, even for those previously struggling.
  • Increased display of important core values among students, which ultimately led to decreased cases of bullying and improved self-esteem.
  • These shifts in attitude and behavior inevitably spill downwards to improved student mental health and well-being.

Delivering Important Messages to Students

It’s never been more critical for students to hear inspiring and informative messages that relate to their current situation. If delivered the right way, these messages can help students effectively navigate not just school, but life outside the classroom.

Schools can lay the foundation for a student’s life and future. It’s important to make their experiences positive; school assemblies with guest speakers can provide a way to do just that. They allow you to share important messages with your students.

With the help of a professional youth speaker, you’ll be able to get your message across clearly and efficiently. A professional speaker is equipped with the necessary life experiences, knowledge, and communication skills to inspire your students, and provide them with the tools to create positive and empowering changes that will last.

Rejuvenate Your School’s Culture

When in school, kids are learning more than just academic skills. They’re also developing social and emotional skills that can help them become effective adults. A school’s culture has a significant impact on that learning environment. A positive culture can help students build their confidence, ignite their passion, build lasting friendships, and even uncover their unique set of gifts and talents. A student assembly done right can strengthen school culture and unity, with positive effects on student performance, both in and outside the classroom.

If you feel that the culture of your school is currently going downhill or has seen better days, it may be time to enlist someone who can reinvigorate the school’s environment. A school culture that is declining does the exact opposite. It promotes poor collaboration among the student body. An assembly led by TEEN TRUTH can positively influence your students and will improve your school’s culture.

7 Reasons Why School Assemblies Are Important

1. Building an Interest in Extracurricular Activities 2. Developing and Promoting Core Campus Values 3. Supporting the Social-Emotional Needs of Students 4. Igniting School Spirit Through a Feeling of Unity & Connection 5. Motivating and Inspiring Students to Engage in Your School Culture 6. Allowing Students to Share Stories and Experiences with Each Other 7. Strengthening and Ensuring Better Communication Between Students & Staff

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Finding The Right Presenter For Your School Assemblies

Knowing the benefits that a speaking event can bring for your students, you may have already decided to hire a presenter for your next school assembly. To successfully deliver a message that your students need to hear, you must find the right speaker that can communicate it effectively. As you do your research, you may have noticed that there are many speakers out there. While many of them have a great reputation, not all speakers offer the same message. Each speaker has their own experiences, specialties, skills, and approaches. Despite their differences, there are certain qualities that you need to look out for when trying to find the right one for your school.

Ability To Connect With Students

Creating a personal connection with your students is vital when trying to influence their behavior. Motivational youth speakers should have the ability to establish connections so that their messages are delivered successfully. Someone who can connect to students always makes their presentation personal, and they don’t hesitate to make the audience laugh. These actions can create a strong bond with the audience, even during that short period, making the students more conducive to hearing what the speaker has to say.

Speaking Topic & Qualification Of The School Assembly Speaker

When it comes to professional speaking, there isn’t any cut-and-dried qualification process. Though related degrees and training certainly provide an edge, what matters the most in terms of gaining traction with students is the speaker’s background and story. Many successful motivational youth speakers today have had a very challenging and intriguing life story. Usually, their story involves overcoming great odds. Life experience plays a significant role in becoming a successful speaker and can even weigh more than any degree or credentials.

Each speaker has their own set of topics in which they specialize. One speaker might be focused on coping with mental illness and suicide prevention, while another might have their themes wrapped around the importance of student work ethic. It’s crucial to find a speaker that fits perfectly with the intended theme of your assembly so that they can deliver the specific messages that you need to convey.

Testimonials and Reviews

There are a lot of speakers in today’s market, so it’s important to take the time to do your research. Testimonials and reviews provide a way for you to measure how successful a speaker can be for your particular event. It lets you know how they’ve handled their past events, to see if they can create the same experience for your school.

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Benefits of Having School Assemblies

School assemblies are more than just gatherings for announcements; they can be an influential and powerful event that inspires unity and camaraderie amongst the students.

Assemblies also provide a way for you to instill important values that can help young minds grow and develop essential life skills that can be used outside the classroom. It allows you to teach important values such as accountability, responsibility, leadership, and discipline. Young people are susceptible to positive influence, especially from a well-run assembly. It’s only appropriate to take that time to help them in becoming better students, equipped with the right values and skills that they can carry onwards.

Assembly Speakers Help Enrich Your Students’ Experience

As a school leader, it’s vital to personally make sure that the time spent at school makes an impactful change in their lives. When it comes to connecting with your students and teaching them the necessary skills, nothing is more effective than getting a school speaker who knows how to get it done. Strengthening your school’s culture shouldn’t be hard. Sometimes all it takes is one great speaker who can move things in the right direction. 

How Can I Book a School Assembly with TEEN TRUTH?

TEEN TRUTH’s work with 7,000+ schools has made us a top host for school assemblies. To book a TEEN TRUTH school assembly just fill out the contact form below or call us at (818) 237-5082.

School Assembly Frequently Asked Questions

What does assembly mean in school.

Assemblies in schools are generally large gatherings of students for things such as special annoucements, school spirit rallies, or school culture related presentations.

What do the students do at the assembly?

During school assemblies students typically receive a motivational message from a top youth speaker and engage in interactive activities or conversations.

What do you present in a school assembly?

The best school assemblies focus on the social and emotional wellness of students, but they can also offer fun or motivational messages for the student body.

What is a high school assembly?

High school assemblies are gatherings of some or all of the students at a high school. They often improve school unity and spirit, as well as offer life lessons or educational content.

How long does a school assembly last?

S chool assemblies can last 45 – 90 minutes, but the time may vary depending on the speaker, activities, and presentations.

What is the purpose of assembly?

The purpose of a school assembly is to provide students and staff with a campus wide message to which they can relate.

What makes a good school assembly?

A good school assembly engages students with a social-emotional message to which they can relate and inspires them to be the difference.

What are some school assembly ideas?

Some common school assembly ideas are anti-bullying, drug prevention, and social-emotional wellness.

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Assembly by Natasha Brown review – a modern Mrs Dalloway

A sparsely written debut about a black woman preparing for a party examines the disorienting experience of assimilation

H ere is a short sharp shock of a novel about the kind of person the UK government’s recent commission on race would have wanted to profile in their report. Natasha Brown’s virtuosic debut follows a British woman who is preparing to attend a party, and who is musing about her life and her place in the world as she does. Comparisons with Mrs Dalloway would be neither unwarranted nor, I suspect, unwelcome. Assembly fulfils, with exquisite precision, Virginia Woolf ’s exhortation to “record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall”, even though Brown has restricted herself to an astonishingly small quota of words in doing so. To say that Assembly is slight would be an understatement: not only is it barely even novella-sized, it is also organised into vignettes, so that its already meagre portion of language is threaded through what seems comparatively like acres of space. The effect is to require readers to supply the connective tissue necessary to turn it into narrative – text that is sparse on the page expands on consumption; it swells like a sponge in the mind.

There seems to be a growing appetite for books like this, as if literature is mutating to fit attention spans stunted by social media, producing prose we can ingest in spurts and digest at leisure such as Jenny Offill’s Weather and Patricia Lockwood’s No One Is Talking About This . Yet even though it has obvious predecessors, Assembly feels achingly unique as it documents the experience of assimilation though the point of view of a well-to-do black British woman. Where Woolf needed dual perspectives, shifting from Mrs Dalloway to the shell-shocked Septimus Smith to achieve her goal of adumbrating “the world seen by the sane and the insane, side by side”, Brown plunges us into a single consciousness that is being forced to split. In doing so, she pinpoints how being black in modern Britain involves a disorienting simultaneity Woolf couldn’t have imagined – being cleaved mercilessly between the sane world and the insane world, at once.

The narrator’s educational achievements and lucrative career embody the kind of success story about – as she deadpans – “hard work, pulling up laces, rolling up shirtsleeves, and forcing yourself” that slakes modern Britain’s craving to see itself as colour-blind, but leaves her steeped in numbness, an observer rather than a participant. “I have everything,” she declares, even as her narration slices surgically through the notion that there’s any value in what she has. Her experiences at her high-flying City job waver between outright assaults and insidious microaggressions. A colleague grabs her shoulders and presses “his open mouth on her face”. She feels “the spray of [her] co-worker’s indignation as he speak-shouts his thoughts re affirmative action. Fucking quotas.”

There is no escape. Not in the world and nor by going inward, where “the ugly machinery that grinds beneath all achievement” is laid bare. In the aftermath of a cancer diagnosis, she undergoes “an untethering of self from experience”. By the time she arrives at her white boyfriend’s family estate for the party in question, where his parents – 21st-century stand-ins for Clarissa and Richard Dalloway – are “all smiles, close and welcoming”, she has also arrived at this epiphany: “I don’t want to be part of it. I want to grab at it, grab its face and pull open its mouth, prise its jaws apart and reach down, in, deeper. Touch what’s inside.”

This rejection is stunning for being both alienated and alienating, and seems to be directed not only at the social milieu she has found herself in, but also at modern Britain, where “their culture becomes parody on my body”. It expresses, fiercely yet meticulously, the impossibility of ever touching “what’s inside”. Her pained awareness of her own code-switching – the “transformation of style, mannerisms, lightly affected City vernacular” – calls to mind Frantz Fanon’s work on the psychic ruptures caused by the experience of being colonised, or WE Dubois’s idea of double consciousness . Assembly is the kind of novel we might have got if Woolf had collaborated with Fanon, except that I don’t think either ever reined in their sentences the way Brown does here, atomising language as well as thought. This means that when occasionally a single word slides away from its expected usage – for example, a man opens a drinks cabinet and “reaches, spidery, into the rows of glasses and bottles”, or a train is described as “tearing” people together – it introduces a degree of instability into the equipoise, reminding us that our narrator is charting her own disintegration: “A physical destruction now, to match the mental.” Brown nudges us, with this merging of form and content, towards an expression of the inexpressible – towards feeling rather than thought, as if we are navigating the collapsing boundaries between the narrator’s consciousness and our own.

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What assembly is next on your calendar? Because it’s time to make sure you have some on the books for this school year before they sell out! Mobile Ed has been developing and presenting educational assemblies for over 40 years, and we have some recommendations to help you pick the best ones.

The memories that students make at an assembly can last a lifetime, but the value of a student assembly goes far beyond a fun time with peers. Assemblies can:

  • Provide a positive environment for learning 
  • Inform students in appealing ways
  • Offer new experiences not available in a classroom
  • Provide access to new technologies
  • Motivate students to dig into learning
  • Show students the fun in learning
  • Make educational concepts more memorable 

But with so many programs available for schools, how do we know which ones are worth the investment? Choosing the best and most appropriate assemblies for your students can be a challenge. Take a look at this simple guide to help you pick the best assemblies for your school.


1. Young Author’s Day (K-9)

There’s nothing out there like the Young Author’s Day program Mobile Ed offers. This workshop-style program brings a fresh new angle to teaching students about storytelling. Combining theater concepts with writing skills creates a unique experience that students don’t always have access to in their day-to-day schooling. 

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2. STEAM Museum (K-6)

This show exposes students to different technologies that also show the relevance of science, technology, engineering, art, and math in the real world! This hands-on museum is set up right inside your gym and students have a blast as they explore each of our stations, learning new concepts and connecting with their peers. Students won’t stop talking about this one!

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3. Quest for Kindness (K-6)

This social-emotional learning/anti-bullying program gives young students a boost in learning about emotions and healthy coping mechanisms. This adventure-style program is so fun that students won’t even realize they’re learning!

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4. Martin Luther King, Jr. (K-8)

Students get to learn about MLK Jr. “firsthand” with this motivating historical program featuring MLK "himself". This is an inspiring impersonation of one of America’s most important civil rights figures. Nothing compares to learning about history when it comes to life instead of out of a textbook!

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5. SkyDome Planetarium (K-8)

The SkyDome Planetarium is the coolest way to help students visualize outer space. Tour through outer space inside of our portable planetarium. Filled with facts about space, students will be in awe when they step inside the dome. This show is a must-see for all students!

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July 18, 2022

School Assemblies: 13 Things Every Planner Should Know

It can be a little nerve-wracking, coordinating a school assembly performance.

Will students be bored? Will teachers feel it’s a big waste of time?

Will the custodian breath fire on you for disrupting the flow of his/her day?

Here’s What Assembly Performers Say. . .

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Consider this your guide to making everyone – – students, teachers, administrators AND performers – – exceedingly happy.

I hope you will find something of real value here.

Please feel free to add your voice to the discussion in the comments section below.

So now, in no particular order, here they are. . .

 #1. 55 kids in a 400 seat auditorium stinks (usually)

If you’ll have a small group attending a presentation (say, less than 100 bodies), ask the performers if they’d prefer to work with the students in a smaller environment.

This may be counter to what the school is accustomed to ( “Oh, there’s a performance today? We do those in the cafeteria” ), but for many types of programs, some real magic can be created out of thin air simply by clearing a bit of space in the school library, or in a multipurpose room, or an LGI (large group instruction room), so students can be really “up close and personal” with the presenters.

Stuck in a large room?  Musician and forty year arts-in-education veteran Jeff Warner says “keep (students) from being too spread out in the room, especially if you have a large group. Best to have them sit on the floor, without chairs, reducing the area they take up. All this so they can see and hear you (the performer) better—and so that you can have better crowd control.”

OK, moving on . . .  (and speaking of “Oh, there’s a performance today?” . . .)

2. The custodian is your friend (sometimes)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into the main office of a school and heard some version of the following exchange –

Custodian to Office:  “(long silence……………..) We have an assembly today? Nobody told me about this.”

Custodian to me, after leaving the office: “Nobody told me about this. I’ve got the whole school band set up on the stage. Nobody ever tells me anything. Grumble, grumble, grumble…”

Let the custodial staff know ahead of time if there’s going to be a performance that will affect them in any way. They’ll really appreciate it.

3. Let the teachers know what you’ve done!

Teachers have more on their plates today than ever before, and they’re feeling really squeezed for instruction time . Generally speaking, they don’t like to be surprised with assemblies unless you happen to be catching them in the middle of deep dark winter with no school holiday break in site (or anytime during the last two weeks of school).

You might even consider letting teachers know the topic ahead of time and allowing them to “opt out” if they have more pressing work to do. Same for “specials” teachers – they get to see their students so infrequently as it is, and they may be preparing for a special event such as a concert, recital, exhibition or play of their own.

4. Teachers don’t (always) like school assemblies

Related to the point above, teachers don’t always welcome assemblies that don’t connect to what they’re already teaching in class. My best advice here would be to consider offering grade-specific programming that actually ties into their curriculum.

Third graders learning about Amazonian Frogs? Bring in an expert for a special third grade presentation.

Kindergarten and First Grades focusing on Communities and Neighborhoods? There’s a concert for that.

Some of my favorite and most meaningful work in schools is when I get to be with one grade level at a time, using music to excite students in what they’re already learning in ELA, or Social Studies!

Call it arts integration , cross-curricular teaching , differentiated instruction – these are all education buzzwords for a reason, and there’s great power in using the arts to engage students in the core curriculum.

5. Don’t let the performers treat you like you’re a performing arts space

Because you’re not. Plain and simple; you are a school.

6. There might be a better way to group multiple grades

For my own work, I always gently ask that schools try  to schedule the sessions so that similar ages are grouped together.

I fully understand that things can’t always work that way, and I will always make the best of the situation whether working with a nice tight grouping of K-2 students or facing a session with Grades K, 1, and 6.

But, those big gaps in age can create a real dilemma for some performers in terms of keeping the younger students interested without alienating the older ones, and vice versa.

Judd Sunshine 

Judd Sunshine of performing group The Hill Brothers says “we love performing for different age groups, but if you can split your assembly audiences, i.e. younger grades and older grades, the performers can adjust each show to be age appropriate – it’s more fun for everyone involved.”

But that’s just one side of the coin . . .

Catskill Puppet Theater

John Potocnik from Catskill Puppet Theater feels completely differently for their shows.

He says, “when you mix the ages, the older kids teach the younger ones theater manners by showing them when to stop laughing at a joke or when to applaud at an appropriate place. In turn the young ones teach the older ones how to freely suspend disbelief and to let their imaginations have free reign to enjoy the show. I dare say they are both valuable lessons but I think the young ones are doing the most important job.”

Bottom line – if you have the flexibility to mix grade levels based on what will work best for the performers, ask your presenters what they’d prefer.

7. Don’t seat the preK’s right in the front. Please.

I love having the PreK students attend some of the K-2 or even K-5 programs that I do.

They love the music, they really benefit from the experience of being an audience member, and hey, they’re an easy laugh!

And I know, it’s tempting to seat them right up front because, well, they’re short, and they can’t see anything if they’re stuck behind a second grader.

But if you’re doing a show for the elementary grades, the preK’s will enjoy it just as much if seated off to one side, and everyone else (performers included) will be happier.

Again, Judd Sunshine: “That way the Pre-K’s can get up (as they often do), and this will also avoid their tendency to respond directly to the performer (which they also often do).”

8. Assigned seats are a problem, sometimes

“the spoken message is more effective the closer the members of an audience sit to each other”.

Thomas and Ralph were quoting one of the commonly-held notions from the fields of public speaking, persuasion, and psychology of speech, and although their tests found “there is not sufficient evidence to support the hypothesis,” I’m here to say that it’s true.

Every last bit of it.

So here’s the situation:

But if not all grade levels will be attending the performance, this can be a real energy killer, with vast islands of empty space between small groupings of students.

Just like you probably wouldn’t favor teaching a class to students who were seated sparsely with large gaps between each one, it can be difficult for performers to give you their most dynamic program if students are spread out over too much geography with big spaces between.

AND, there are far better seats/vantage points available that nobody is using!

9. The STOP time is as important as the start time

Sometimes, it takes longer than planned to get everyone into the performance space, seated and ready to go. If the performance is starting later than expected, the performers may have to cut their show short.

It’s best to let them know ahead of time if there is a time constraint on the ending of the program. This way, your presenters can adjust their show accordingly.

10. Introducing your own performance is . . . awkward

Going back to #5, you are not a performing arts presenter by profession, and the importance of a brief introduction to the program may not occur to you.

For many (most?) presentations though, this makes a big difference.

Even just a few short sentences from an authority figure who doesn’t mind speaking in public – principal, teacher, parent, etc – can set the tone for a wonderful event where performers feel welcomed and connected to the school, students understand who the performers are and why they’re there, and everyone can settle in from there.

The performers may have a pre-printed little “blurb” you can follow, or I’ve seen plenty of principals wing this intro without any real knowledge of the performers or the topic!

(Not recommended, but it can work in a pinch.)

So, nothing to stress over, but this is the preferred way to start an event for most performers who are visiting your school for the first or second time.

11. It’s not over when it’s over

A selfie: Nancy Sterman-Fernandez of Young Audiences

Nancy Sterman-Fernandez, Director of Education at Young Audiences of Western NY , has a great tip for extending the value of any assembly program.

“Be sure to take some of the tools the artist uses during the performance to use in your own classroom,” she says.

“Maybe even sing the songs you learned or do the dance steps to connect this shared experience with your classroom curriculum.”

Indeed, most artists that come through your doors would be delighted to offer you advice and resources to help extend the learning and excitement .

12. Performers (and kids!) love it when teachers show up

Of course, that’s “show up” as in being here and being present,  as opposed to I’m here but I need to grade papers, or,  I’m sending the students with a TA to the assembly because I have too much to do .

Believe me, we completely understand that sometimes there’s just more work to be done than there is time. An assembly can be a much-needed break for the teaching staff.

But, if at all possible, it would be great if you could encourage the teachers to take in the assembly with  their students.

Regi Carpenter

Veteran storyteller, author and performer Regi Carpenter   suggests using the program “as a time to create something memorable. An assembly can be a fun time for the school community to be together in joy and wonder.”

Teachers participating right along with students sends several strong signals to the kids (and performers), and believe me, it  always makes for a better show.

#13. The web is your friend

Sometimes, you’re really starting from scratch.

In that case, a quick little internet search will turn up more resources that might be of help to you.

In a five minute session, I found  a really useful article from PTO Today  on choosing and booking a performance.

Putting on your own assembly? You might want to check this one out, and the brand new eBook below.

I hope you’ll let me know what else you turn up…. 

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For a school assembly, who should be drafting the contract? Beyond the rate for the performance and travel expenses, should we the PTA be covering food and lodging?

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Glad to hear it Tanya!

I led an assembly on Tuesday and these pointers are right on! We were talking about the character trait of responsibility and several teachers acted out scenerios (some responsible and others not so much!) We had over 1000 people in our gym and with a key phrase we quieted them down. This time is was me saying “Get set” and they replying “you be”! We have a key phrase each time so the teachers can use them in their classrooms if they want. It is much better than saying “shhhhh!” Thanks for sharing your ideas… Next assembly is a our second grade music concert on November 3. This involves almost 200 students.

Great to hear Deb, thanks for sharing. I’m going to email you a song about respect that you can use with your students, from the days when I was a Hill Brother ( ). We wrote a whole show and a group of songs about the character traits of respect and responsibility. Lots of fun to be had with those topics, as I’m sure your students saw on Tuesday,

We are really looking forward to the concert, because last year’s performance was so engaging !!! Thank you for offering this opportunity .

Glad to hear it Debby!

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Best Anchoring Script for School Assembly in English

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Ideal Morning Assembly Script for Schools

Engaging in a Dynamic School Assembly: Are you hosting a school morning assembly? Break free from the routine with our engaging and dynamic anchoring script. This guide will show you how to infuse life into your school’s morning assemblies, ensuring a vibrant start to the day.

The Essence of School Morning Assemblies:

School morning assemblies stand as pivotal moments in a school day, uniting students, teachers, and the principal. They set the tone for the day with positive energy and communal spirit.

Crafting a Perfect School Assembly Script:

While spontaneous anchoring can be exciting, it’s safer to rely on a well-prepared script. Our article provides comprehensive insights into creating the best anchoring script for school assembly , ensuring a smooth and memorable assembly experience.

Question: What is the Best Anchoring Script for a School Morning Assembly?

Sample School Morning Assembly Script in English:

We offer a sample script to enhance your anchoring skills. This script serves as a practical guide for those tasked with conducting the school morning assembly.

Structuring the Morning Assembly Script:

A successful school morning assembly strikes a balance between timeliness and engagement. Your morning assembly anchoring script should cover all assembly segments, respecting the theme of the day. For more details on morning assembly content and structure read below given anchoring tips and suggestions.

Launching the Assembly: How to Starting Anchoring Script?

Start your daily school assembly with a warm welcome and a brief introduction. Tailor your opening remarks to fit the day’s significance. Whether it’s a special occasion like Teacher’s Day or a regular school day, just start with energy and optimism.

Example : “Good morning to one and all present here. I am [Your Name] class XI (Change with your class) and it’s my honor to welcome you to today’s school assembly. As we gather to start another day filled with learning and opportunity, let’s begin with a positive spirit and an open heart. Let us embrace the day ahead with enthusiasm and a commitment to do our best. Welcome again, and let’s make this day a memorable one!”

Guiding Through Assembly Activities:

After the introduction, you may guide the audience through the assembly’s activities. Inject enthusiasm into your announcements and boosting the performers’ confidence. Your anchoring script should navigate seamlessly through the various segments, adding a unique touch to each transition.

How to Invite or Call the School Principal in Morning Assembly for Speech?

Inviting the principal for a speech adds a note of wisdom to the assembly. Introduce them with brief praise, allowing their speech to uplift the assembly’s atmosphere.

Example: To invite the school principal in the morning assembly, approach the announcement with respect and enthusiasm.

Say something like, “Now, I would like to invite our esteemed principal sir, [Principal’s Name], to the stage for their invaluable words. Please join me in welcoming them with a big round of applause.”

This introduction shows both respect and excitement for their contribution.

Best Anchoring Script Sample for School Assembly

Sample Anchoring Script: Here’s a script example encompassing all these elements. Feel free to customize it to suit your school’s needs.

[ Beginning of the Assembly : Anchor walks towards the stage]

Anchor : “Good morning, esteemed faculty and my fellow students. I am [Your Name], and it’s a great honor to guide us through today’s assembly. Seeing your bright faces this morning fills me with joy. Let’s initiate our day with positivity and invoke divine blessings through our daily prayer.”

[ Prayer Session Starts ]

[ Conclusion of Prayer ]

Anchor : “Thank you for joining in that beautiful prayer, feeling the serenity it brings to our school. Today’s assembly is packed with enriching and exciting activities. To kickstart, I invite [Student’s Name] to lead us in our school pledge, and I urge everyone to join in with vigor.”

[ Students Recite the Pledge Together ]

[ Pledge Ends ]

Anchor : “Witnessing our school unite for the pledge is truly heartwarming. Next up, I’m delighted to welcome [Student’s Name] to share the thought of the day.”

[ Student Shares the Thought of the Day ]

Anchor : “That was an enlightening thought, thank you. Now, let’s proceed to the announcements of upcoming events by our school prefects.”

[ School Announces Events ]

Anchor : “It’s exciting to hear about our school’s activities. Up next, let’s broaden our horizons with some current news, presented by [Student’s Name].”

[ Student Reads the News ]

Anchor : “Thank you for that informative update. As we near the end of our assembly, I am honored to invite our respected principal, Mr./Mrs./Miss [Principal’s Name], to share their insights with us.”

[ Principal Delivers a Speech ]

Anchor : “Thank you, sir/ma’am, for those inspiring words. A heartfelt thanks to all participants for making today’s assembly meaningful. Let’s conclude with the national anthem, embracing our national pride and hoping for a day full of achievements and learning.”

[ National Anthem is Recited ]

[ End of Assembly ]

This script for school assembly anchoring balances respect, enthusiasm, and a smooth flow of activities, ensuring an engaging and successful start to the school day.

Morning Assembly Anchoring: Begin by leading the prayer, followed by the pledge. Introduce segments like the thought of the day, school announcements, and news reading. Conclude with the principal’s speech and the national anthem.

Final Thoughts: We hope this guide and script sample equip you with everything needed for the best anchoring script for school assembly . For further queries, drop your questions in the comments.

10 Expert Tips for an Engaging and Memorable School Morning Assembly

Here are some refined tips for hosting a morning school assembly, tailored to make the session more impactful and memorable:

Understand Your Audience : Tailor your content to resonate with the age group and interests of the students.

Incorporate Interactive Elements : Include interactive segments like quizzes or audience questions to keep the assembly lively and engaging.

Highlight Student Achievements : Regularly acknowledge student accomplishments, both academic and extracurricular, to foster a sense of pride and community.

Use Visual Aids : Employ visual elements like slideshows or videos to make the assembly more dynamic and visually appealing.

Incorporate Themes : Center your assembly around a theme, such as environmental awareness or historical events, to give it a focused and educational approach.

Promote School Values : Reinforce the school’s values and ethos in your speech to instill a sense of identity and unity among students.

Include Cultural Elements : Celebrate diversity by incorporating different cultural elements into the assembly, such as music, dance, or stories from various cultures.

Practice Good Stage Presence : Maintain eye contact, use appropriate gestures, and move confidently on stage to engage your audience effectively.

Keep it Brief and Impactful : Ensure the assembly is concise yet full of valuable content so that students stay attentive and take away key messages.

End on a High Note : Conclude with an uplifting or motivational message, leaving students inspired as they go about their school day.

Concluding with Gratitude:

End the assembly by thanking everyone, especially the participants, principal, and teachers. Leave the audience with a positive thought, setting a cheerful tone for the day.

Example: “As we bring our assembly to a close, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone for their active participation and attention. Your presence and energy have truly made this morning special. Wishing you all a wonderful day filled with learning and success!”

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  • Plan your Anchoring Script and activities ahead of time to ensure a smooth flow.
  • Begin the assembly punctually to set a respectful and professional tone.
  • Open with a friendly and inclusive greeting to engage the audience.
  • Use clear and concise language for effective communication.
  • Keep your energy high to engage and inspire the audience.
  • Plan a variety of segments like news, thoughts of the day, and cultural items to keep the assembly interesting.
  • Involve students and teachers in different roles to foster a sense of community.
  • Praise participants and the audience for their involvement and attention.
  • Keep track of time and transitions between different parts of the assembly.
  • End with a motivational quote or thought to leave the audience inspired for the day.

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The 5 Best Books For Learning Assembly Language


I’ve hand-picked you the top 5 books that will help you learn assembly even if you have never coded in assembly language before. This article will look at some of the best assembly language books available today.

So what even is Assembly language? It is a low-level programming language that allows you to control a computer’s hardware directly. Learning assembly language can also benefit you if you’re interested in developing embedded systems, allowing you greater control over their code.

Assembly language is used in many applications, including operating systems, device drivers, embedded systems, and game development. With all these advantages, it is clear that learning assembly language can open up many opportunities for aspiring programmers and developers.

Assembly x64 In Easy Steps

by Mike McGrath

Assembly Language Step-by-Step

by Jeff Duntemann

Learn to Program with Assembly

by Jonathan Bartlett

Programming with 64-Bit ARM Assembly Language

by Stephen Smith

Raspberry Pi Operating System Assembly Language

by Bruce Smith

Assembly x64 Programming In Easy Steps

The best illustrated book.

Author: Mike McGrath

Number of Pages: 186

Time to Read:   12 hours

Published:   September 8, 2021

Style of Writing: Practical

Ideal for:   Beginners

Why do we like this book?

The book has colorful illustrations, readable, and easy to follow, making it perfect for those starting with assembly language. You will also be completing exercises even if you haven’t done any programming before.

Easy To Read

Is it Easy to Read?


Is the Book Comprehensive?


Is the Book Relevant?

What will you learn from this book?

You will learn the fundamentals of assembly language and how it works. In addition, the book will cover the basics of memory addressing, arithmetic operations, flow control, and more.  You will discover ways to perform basic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The book also take you  through the step-by-step process of setting up your machine for developing in assembly. 

  • Understanding Fundamentals
  • Setting Up Your Machine
  • Performing Arithmetic Operations
  • Directing Flow
  • Address Options
  • Building Blocks
  • Expanding Macros
  • Floating Points
  • Calling Windows

Why this book may not be right fit for you?

Even though it’s a great beginner book, it’s for Windows users only. You’ll be using Microsoft’s Macro Assembler software to follow the exercises. The book also doesn’t  cover the inner workings of assembly language in-depth.  If you are not a big fan of using Windows and need more comprehensive guide, then I recommend reading Learn to Program with Assembly . 

The book is applicable for Windows user only.

Assembly Language Step-by-Step

Learn assembly language in linux.

Author: Jeff Duntemann

Number of Pages: 656

Time to Read: 44 hours

Published:   October 5, 2009

Style of Writing: Hybrid

The author wrote this book with the notion that assembly language is the first programming language you’ve ever used. The book also covers the basic concepts in computing, such as hexadecimal and binary number bases. The book also covers the assembly language concepts comprehensively.

You will learn the assembly language basics, such as binary and hexadecimal number systems, Intel x86 computer architecture, and building computer programs under the Linux operating system.

You will also get exposed to x86 instruction set, memory addressing, macros, and using C-language libraries. You will learn assembly language using free and open-source software.

  • x86 Architecture And Assembly concepts
  • x86 Instruction Set
  • Intel x86 Computer Architecture
  • Memory Addressing
  • C-language Code Libraries

The book is also published nine years old so the tools are not up-to-date to follow through the exercises. If you are a complete beginner, I recommend either  Learn to Program with Assembly  or Assembly x64 Programming in Easy Steps .

What are other people saying?

This book has great reviews in Amazon and Reddit.

Learn to Program With Assembly

Best book for first-time programmers​.

Author: Jonathan Bartlett

Number of Pages: 348

Time to Read: 24 hours

Published: November 6, 2021

Ideal for:   All levels

The book is a successor of the author’s previous book, Programming from the Ground Up, which was a reputable book on assembly language for 15 years. The book teaches 64-bit x86 assembly language in the Linux operating system. The book covers and explains the basic comprehensively for a complete beginner. The readers of Windows and Mac operating system can follow through the exercises using provided Docker image .

The book’s first part teaches basic instructions for the processor to write programs. You will also learn the operating system interactions, such as making calls to the kernel and working with the memory. Finally, the book discusses features of high-level programming languages, such as exception handling, object-oriented programming, and garbage collections.

  • Assembly language basics
  • Registers and simple arithmetic
  • Comparison, branching, and looping
  • Working with data in memory
  • Signed number and bitwise operations
  • Operating system basics
  • Making system calls
  • Calling functions from libraries
  • Common and helpful assembly directives
  • Dynamic memory allocation
  • Basic high-level language features
  • Object-oriented programming

If you are a first-time programmer, you will learn assembly language at a slower paced because the author focuses on building your fundamental knowledge first. The book has less illustrations than Assembly x64 Programming In Easy Steps . The book still covers the basic in details and is the most up-to-date book on learn assembly language for any skill-level.

Programming with 64-Bit ARM Assembly Language​

The best book to learn assembly in mobile.

Author: Stephen Smith

Number of Pages:   403

Time to Read: 26 hours

Published:   May 1, 2020

Style of Writing: Theory

Ideal for:   Advanced Learners

The book will teach you how to write assembly programming in an ARM processor in 64-bit mode. In addition, you’ll learn how to write programs for mobile devices such as Android and iPhone. You will also find it beneficial to get up-to-date instructions and detail explanations of assembly language.

You will learn how to write computer programs for single-board computers. In addition, you will learn the fundamentals of ARM architecture and hack machine code. The book provides plenty of exercises to practice your skills.

  • Introduction to 64-bit ARM
  • Controlling program flow
  • Defining memory contents
  • Functions and stack
  • Linux operating system services
  • Programming GPIO pins
  • Interacting with C and Python
  • Interfacing with Kotlin and Swift
  • Multiple, divide, and, accumulate
  • Floating point operations
  • Neon coprocessor
  • Optimizing code
  • Reading and understanding code
  • Hacking code

If you are a beginner to programming, many concepts will take more effort to grasp because of technical jargons and inadequate beginner friendly instructions. I recommend an easier/illustrated one like  Learn to Program with Assembly  if you do not have any programming experience.

Raspberry Pi Operating System Assembly Language

Learning assembly on raspberry pi.

Author: Bruce Smith

Number of Pages:   328

Time to Read: 22 hours

Published:   March 18, 2021

Ideal for:   Advanced learners

The book only requires a few tools to get started. All you need is Raspberry Pi Operating System installed on your Raspberry Pi. The book is up-to-date with lots of practice exercises. The book also explains the concepts in-depth.

The book teaches you to be proficient in the assembly language program. The book includes 28 programs to practice machine code. You will learn to program ARM machine code on your Raspberry Pi.

  • Practical approach with example programs
  • GCC assembler and linker
  • ARM registers and arrangements
  • Use of operating system calls
  • Debugging with GDB
  • Using libc function calls
  • Programming the GPIO
  • Floating point and Neon co-processors

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