School assembly is an integral part of the school curriculum when the whole school gathers in one place and starts the day with a prayer. It is a meeting or gathering of all or part of a school for special programs or information dissemination. Students assemble to sing a common hymn or pray together, as well as to hear shared announcements. The assembly is conducted to give all the students a chance to showcase their abilities. Generally, different classes get a chance to conduct the assembly per week. The whole process is also divided into various other parts like a moral value thought, thought of the day, news reading, etc. It is generally conducted in the school ground, and in some schools that ground itself is known as the assembly ground.
The purposes of a school assembly include the following:
- To develop a feeling of affiliation and unity among students.
- To acquaint students with the school program more clearly.
- To develop a sense of identity and belongingness with the school among students.
- To enable students to share their experiences, stories, and anecdotes with others.
- To provide them training in good social behavior desired in public life.
- To motivate students by positive reinforcement in the form of praise or rewards awarded in public.
- To celebrate Independence Day, Republic Day, Environment Day, Yoga Day, birthdays of great leaders, and so on. These leaders could be political leaders, scientists, poets, writers, and so on.
- To inculcate regularity and punctuality among children.