The Bell Rings in the Playground – Assembly Time
Each year Head Teacher calls the children in from play to tell them what classes there will be during the year and about any changes to the school rules. This year HT will be emphasising numeracy. She has noticed that lots of the boys and girls have been getting their sums badly wrong. They have been putting lots of extra numbers into their sums and therefore their answers have been much too large. A new (temporary) teacher has joined the school, that is Teacher Legg. He will assist Teacher Kelly in helping the children to get their sums right. Teacher Kennedy will provide kindly remedial help to the very dim and let some of them off.
The Assembly is getting rather noisy because a lot of children around Big Dave are arguing with him and complaining and another lot seem to be moaning to Big Gordo about the new rules. “Quiet children, be quiet” calls out HT and the noise subsides to a dull mutter. HT then announces that school will break up early this year and that lots of the boys and girls will not be returning to school after the break. They will be replaced by a lot of new pupils. A deathly hush falls over the assembly when they hear this. HT then asks the assembled boys and girls to sing the school song as a farewell to the leavers:-
I’m for goodness and for profit and for living clean and saying daily prayer.
And now, my good friends, you can sleep nights, I’ll continue to stand tall.
You can trust me, for I promise, I shall keep a watchful eye upon ya’ll…
Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don’t-
I’ve come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
cut a little swathe and lead the people on.
(ack -Larry L. King)
“Now, file out quietly and play nicely with each other”.