To enhance the feeling of community at Ormiston Denes Academy all students gather together for a formal weekly assembly. These assemblies are opportunities for us to reflect together, to celebrate together, and to share together. Delivered by a wide range of people including the senior team, other members of staff and carefully selected external visitors, assemblies cover a wide range of themes. We explore the values that underpin the academy – aspiration, integrity and respect. We address pertinent issues throughout the year, such as remembrance, holocaust memorial, British values, careers, mental health and environmental awareness. We look at aspects of health and safety, including safeguarding and online safety, the prevent agenda, healthy relationships and healthy eating. We share news and updates on all aspects of the academy curriculum, and we regularly hold additional rewards assemblies to celebrate students’ personal and collective successes and improvements.
Most of our assemblies are house assemblies, where students can reinforce their sense of belonging, and enjoy the element of competition with other houses. We also occasionally run year group assemblies so we can look together at specific themes that are age-specific.
Year 11 have weekly year group assemblies as well, to help maintain their motivation and inspiration through the year, and to ensure that they receive all the advice and support necessary, not just for academic success, but for future planning and for emotional and physical wellbeing during their final year. We are proud of the Make It Happen assemblies in year 11, where we invite special guest speakers to share experiences with students about their career paths or personal journeys. Through these we encourage independent thinking and careful consideration of post-16 choices for our students.
At the end of the Autumn and Summer terms we have assemblies for the whole academy. All staff and students unite to wish each other well, to reflect upon the past, to share successes, and to demonstrate a collective pride in Ormiston Denes Academy.