Mrs Harslett’s Room 5 Assembly was based around their class novel for this term: Wonder by RJ Palacio. Students began by introducing the narrative hook used by the author to draw the audience in and encourage the reader to want to explore the storyline, and then explained Mr Browne's Precepts from the story. A precept is a motto, quote or saying, and in the story Mr Browne had one for every month. Isabel Fuller and Bradley Baker interviewed other students to find out what Mr Browne's precepts mean to them.
After the Junior Awards, the Year 6 class tried to trick the audience by introducing three role plays from different parts of the story, Wonder - but instead they role-played a final assembly practice that goes wrong when students fail to show values towards each other. When the class overhear MCs Issy and Preston say something mean about the other students, the practice breaks down until they begin to apply Zones of Regulation strategies they learned in Health lessons as part of a whole campus approach. They use one of the strategies to help bring the students back to the Green zone - focused and ready to learn - before Lucy Goss ran through the audience announcing that their time for practice was over. This fun touched on the importance of students needing to show respect and kindness to each other, as one of the themes of Wonder.
The final act was a partly choreographed and partly freestyle dance to the hip-hop song ‘The Key’ by Australian group, B-Wise. Amelia Wanless, Isabella Nutarelli-Hall and Kiyah Doolan sang the lyrics, which relate to the everyday problems that life throws at us all and the love that we show towards one another as ‘the key’ to overcoming adversity and moving forward.
The class were encouraged to be courageous and dress to show their uniqueness. In the freestyle part of the dance, students demonstrated some of the ways they are unique. At the very end of the assembly, students asked the question: Do you know what the key is? Love is the key!