Looking for ideas for an inspiring assembly? Derek Peaple shares why he loves the Toy Story films to encourage pupils.
For the headteacher looking for start – or indeed end – of term assembly inspiration, Toy Story really is the gift that keeps giving.
I thought you wouldn’t improve on the third – and I assumed final – instalment for a Leavers’ Assembly. End of one journey, start of another… Woody’s ‘so long, partner’ as Andy drives off to college gets them going every time.
How wrong could l be….
Of course, Toy Story 4 is first and foremost just a great film. I loved it! But its messages deliver on every level…
The importance of creativity in the curriculum as Bonnie’s traumatic first day at Kindergarten is transformed by the spontaneous joy of making her friend Forky…
Forky’s terrible initial insecurity and lack of self-worth and esteem. He literally thinks he’s trash and wants to run away from the world….
The way Woody, as his mentor, coach and teacher gradually builds those qualities in him…
Woody’s own insecurities since ceasing to be Andy’s Toy and his search for a sense of meaning and purpose, rediscovered in service and support to another…
Duke Caboom – incidentally my favourite character due to his modelling on one of my own Childhood icons in Evel Knievel – traumatised by fear of rejection and failure as a disappointment to his first kid, rising to the challenge of coming to the rescue and literally making a leap of faith…
Old friends Woody and Buzz concluding that it’s the inner voice, your values, which ultimately determine your direction and self-fulfilment in life…
Which, in an assembly for any year group, at any stage of their school journey, translates to something along the following lines when it comes to key messages:
Hopefully, together, they will help to take our young people, individually and collectively…
To infinity and beyond…
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