The beauty of life is not how happy you are, but how happy people are because of you.
Through this assembly today, I would like to pay tribute to all those pupils who have put themselves forward as prefects and have already set about the task of helping to maintain a positive learning environment in school.
They have given up so much of their time to help towards the smooth running of the school – time in the mornings – escorting kindergarten and nursery to class – time monitoring lines in between lessons and after break, time monitoring lunch, time given to parents’ evenings and other after school and weekend functions. There isn’t anything apart from your health that is more precious than your time. So a big thank you from all the staff to all the prefects.
Alex is now going to give you the reasons why he wanted to be a prefect.
I decided I wanted to become a prefect because the thought of being able to exercise power over you lot really appealed to me.
I wasn’t lying to the prefect interview panel when I said I wanted to make a contribution/give something back – I meant it sincerely –
I so want to get back at all of you who have irritated me over the last few years. Yes… So expect lots of essays, loads of detentions, and, on a daily basis as much nastiness as I can possibly muster.
Oh yes my time is here and you are all going to suffer – talk about abusing one’s position – I will redefine the meaning of indulgence – I will vent my venom whenever and wherever I please – NOT ONE, and I say NOT ONE OF YOU, will escape my wrath.
Of course, Alex is only joking but we know that some of you seem to think that the prefects are just like the character Alex has acted out. Some of you seem to think that the prefects are merely an extension of the school discipline mechanism.
Well, through this assembly we hope to dispel any notions that you have that the prefects are in it just to entertain themselves at your expense. Nothing could be further from what the prefects are about.
Now to return to Alex’s unsavoury character for a moment – This is the type of character that fills our daily newspapers and TV news channels – This character thinks only of himself, commits wanton violence, embraces racism and sexism, drink drives, gambles away his pay cheque and snorts crack cocaine.
Why? I believe that these people behave this way because they have no self-discipline or self-control. They are too easily tempted by short term pleasure at the expense of their and everybody else’s well -being.
We believe that our future happiness greatly depends on our value system and self-management skills.
If we are reckless, inconsiderate, lacking in discipline, too self-centred and find it difficult to abide by rules and regulations laid down by society, most likely, we have a much higher risk of getting into trouble and a much lower chance of leading a rewarding and enjoyable life.
As prefects, we consider it part of our duty to help you towards having a rewarding life.
The PREFECT BODY was initiated in the early years of the School’s history as a resource of its Discipline and Value-Systems, both in spirit as in substance. It has functioned, and continues to function, as a structure of School-Life, its performance supporting two basic educational objectives:
Number 1: The building of sound, well-balanced character in pupils, exemplified by good conduct, high academic standards, participation in school-activities, and a social conscience and consciousness expressed in Service to the School.
Number 2: The maintenance of Order, Discipline and the Value-Codes of the School.
We are not here to play the role of policemen and we have not taken this role on so that we can enjoy the power of telling you off or setting essays or dishing out other forms of punishment. We are here to serve you.
Sometimes this will mean telling you off and giving essays and detentions. But we guarantee that we will be fair and consistent – And if you feel we have treated you unfairly, you can always speak to a member of staff.
But what we would really like to be is perfect role-models – learning from us how to form good habits and to shape your character in the best possible way.
I am a form prefect and along with the other 9 form prefects we have the most important role. We are the first point of contact if you have any problems. Although we cannot guarantee you confidentiality, we are there to help and support you. We will be taking a more active role in the forms next year and will be helping Mrs Childs & the rest of the teachers to deliver the school’s PSHE and Citizenship initiatives.
Finally we would like to make a promise on behalf of all the prefects. The promise is that all prefects will uphold the Tower College Prefect Code of Conduct. This is the code of conduct:
Number 1: guide and support the younger pupils in the school; (Prefects must never give any pupil an assurance of confidentiality);
Number 2: wear full school uniform at all times and ensure that our appearance is always in keeping with Tower College rules;
Number 3: show a willingness to assist at all times;
Number 4: be a role model in and out of the classroom break and when representing the school;
Number 5: show respect for all adults and all pupils at all times;
Number 6: show no violence at any time;
Number 7: To encourage attitudes of worth and self-esteem in all pupils.
Number 8: To help in developing attitudes and attributes of responsibility and service to the School-Community, and, by extension, the wider Community, as exemplars and role- models, as well as through active guidance.
Let us Pray
Eternal God, we commit ourselves to Thy care
as we endeavour to help our fellow-pupils;
Help us to perform our tasks with patience and tenderness.
Inspire us with Thy Grace.
Lift our hearts with Thy understanding
And our spirits with Thy will.
Keep us on the right path.
Forever and ever.