Assembly is the first platform where the students get an opportunity to meet together and discuss relevant topics. Assembly has become an integral part of CBSE curriculum in Gaudium. Every Wednesday, students of middle and high school start their day with theme based mindful sessions. The assemblies are planned a week prior. Students along with their class mentor and co-mentor plan the programme. The theme for the assembly is chosen from the core values of Gaudium. This month, our theme was respect. Each class assembly starts with the morning prayer, followed by the thought for the day. In one class, a student shared this thought, “Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned, not given.” Such meaningful thoughts that make every student reflect on themselves, set the tone for the assembly. To make the students aware of the happenings around the world, we have news reading by students. After this a special item such as a story, a musical rendition, talk by teacher, or a video based on the theme is presented.
In the recent assembly presentation an interesting activity was done where students were shown a white slide with a black spot and asked to describe it. They all described the black spot. No one described the white paper. Teacher shared this reflection with students-:- “We have a white paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the black spots. Our life is a gift given to us by God, with love and care, and we always have reasons to celebrate – nature renewing itself everyday, our family, friends, health, the miracles we see everyday. However we insist on focussing on the dark spots- inability to do something, less money, someone has better things than us, disappointments with friends or family and other issues. The dark spots are very small compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds. Take your eyes away from the black spots in your life. Enjoy your blessings- and each moment that life gives you.”
Assembly time gives students an opportunity to develop their confidence by speaking on various ideas and reflect on themselves through core values. It helps teachers bond with their students and reach deep within their hearts through value based talks.