Assembling Citizens

About This Product
Site Licence Agreement For The Assembling Citizens Website
Contributors To This Website
About The Stapleford Centre
Copyright Acknowledgements

Assembling Citizens is a database of assembly outlines, targeted at two age ranges (KS3/11-14, KS4/14-16). You can use the Assembling Citizens database as a bank of assembly outlines to use at random, selecting an outline for the topic that you want to cover. Alternatively, you can search for, list and select assemblies, systematically following a theme at one of the age ranges.

Used systematically, Assembling Citizens could form the basis of a whole school or year group assembly plan, featuring issues related to personal development and active citizenship.

For example, if staff were doing a series of assemblies on the topic 'Self', select the theme named 'Self' and explore the assemblies and make a choice. Depending on the context of your school, you may find outlines suitable for use in age ranges other than those suggested.

Having selected an assembly, you can choose which of the alternative sections you wish to print out. You can also keep records of which assemblies you use, and include you own comments.

If you write your own material, it can be incorporated into this database of assemblies, and can be searched as described above.

About Assembling Citizens
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Assembling Citizens - Product Code 506 002 454 001 7

This resource has been developed and published by The Stapleford Centre. Copyright © 2002 The Stapleford Centre First published 2002

The right of The Writing Team named below to be identified as the authors of this work has been asserted by them in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

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This Agreement is between The Stapleford Centre and you, the licensee. The licensee acknowledges that this agreement forms part of the contract for the licence. The product is licensed, not sold. Purchase by the licensee is evidence of their acceptance and agreement with the following terms:

>> The Stapleford Centre grants you the right to use your subscription for the purposes of preparing and maintaining assemblies within the licenced school or institution.

>> The software and data are owned by The Stapleford Centre and its suppliers. They are protected by the UK copyright laws and all other applicable national laws. The Stapleford Centre grants the use of it within the purchasing school or institution.

>> Other than as stated in this licence and the accompanying guidance, this product, or any part of the product may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, mechanical, electronic, recording or otherwise without the consent of the copyright holders. It cannot be re-sold, let out, loaned, rented or leased to any third party in any manner without the consent of the copyright holders.

>> You may not disassemble or decompile this software.

>> In consideration of your use of the Assembling Citizens website, (hereafter referred to as the "Service") you agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Service's registration form (such information being the "Registration Data") and (b) promptly update The Stapleford Centre of any changes in the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or The Stapleford Centre has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, The Stapleford Centre has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service (or any portion thereof).

You will receive a password and account designation upon completing the Service's registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify The Stapleford Centre of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account by closing your browser at the end of each session. The Stapleford Centre cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with these instructions.

You understand that all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials ("Content") are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated.

Under no circumstances will The Stapleford Centre be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Service, excepting Content specifically loaded and provided by The Stapleford Centre.

You agree to not use the Service to:
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You acknowledge that The Stapleford Centre does not pre-screen user-added Content (i.e., Content other than that provided in the public areas), but that The Stapleford Centre and its representatives shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or move any Content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, The Stapleford Centre and its representatives shall have the right to remove any Content that violates these terms or is otherwise objectionable.

You acknowledge and agree that The Stapleford Centre may preserve Content and may also disclose Content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce these terms; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third-parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of The Stapleford Centre, its users and the public.

>> Every effort will be made to ensure that backup copies of the database are made at regular, frequent intervals. In the event of a machine failure, we would hope and expect to be able to restore files from up to 24 hours previously. To be certain of avoiding data loss, it is strongly recommended that you keep your own backup of any material you add to your personal areas of the database.

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Writing Team: Colin Piper, Ceinwen and Stuart Burnside, Chris Akhurst, Jenny Baker, Alison Farnell, Catherine O'Connell

Theological Advisor: Stephen Travis

Programming: Melchior Telematics

Website Design: Melchior Telematics

Project Management: Alison Farnell, Catherine O'Connell

The Stapleford Centre wishes to thank all those who took part in trialling this material (listed under 'Acknowledgements' below).
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The Stapleford Centre is an interdenominational education organisation producing resources for schools and offering training for teachers in the areas of school assemblies, RE and spiritual and moral development across the curriculum. Resources, in-service training and distance learning courses from The Stapleford Centre aim to support the teaching of Christianity in schools.

For full details of courses and publications on offer, please contact us:

The Stapleford Centre
The Old Lace Mill
Frederick Road
Nottingham NG9 8FN

Tel: 0115 939 6270
Fax: 0115 939 2076
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Individuals and Schools involved in trialling:

Rev John AngleOFSTED Inspector
John BoothKingsbrook School, Northamptonshire
Claire ClintonDavenant Foundation School, Essex
Peter CoatesBishops' High School, Chester
Jim CockburnLongbenton Community College, Tyne & Wear
Carmel CoughlenSt Aelred's Catholic High School, Merseyside
Les DavisonKenton Comprehensive School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
David FeatonbyWalbottle Technology College, Tyne & Wear
Peter FoxChilwell Comprehensive School, Nottingham
Sid FreemanOFSTED Inspector
Lesley Godson The Blue Coat School, Liverpool
Duncan HumeLeon School, Milton Keynes
Wendy JohnChurston Grammar School, Devon
Geoff LawsonChristleton High School, Chester
Hazel ParkerSouthway Community College, Plymouth
Colin RichFair Oak High School, Rugeley
Wendy SharpRedhill School, Nottingham
Ben SlaterWilliam Parker High School, Daventry
John StockerJohn Beddoes School, Powys
Dr Robert SykesThornden School, Hampshire
Richard TurnerHartshill School, Nuneaton
Brian WakemanSouth Luton High School, Luton
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Bible translations:
  • Scripture quotations marked CEV are from the Contemporary English Version © American Bible Society 1991, 1992, 1995. Used by permission/Anglicisations © British & Foreign Bible Society 1997.
  • Scriptures marked GN are quoted from the Good News Bible published by The Bible Societies/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd UK © American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.
  • Scriptures marked JBP are taken from The New Testament in Modern English, J B Phillips, published by Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.
  • Scriptures marked NCV is taken from the Youth Bible, New Century Version (Anglicised Edition). Copyright © by Word Publishing. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
  • Scripture quotations marked NIV taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., a member of the Hodder Headline plc Group. All rights reserved. "NIV" is a registered trademark of the International Bible Society. UK trademark number 1448790.
  • Scriptures marked TLB are taken from The Living Bible. Copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189, USA. All rights reserved.
  • Scriptures marked TM are taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson, 1993, 1994, 1995. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

Various illustrations taken from Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks
Copyright © 1994 by Youth Specialities, Inc. 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020
Used by permission.

Various illustrations taken from More Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks
Copyright © 1995 by Youth Specialities, Inc. 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020
Used by permission.

Various illustrations taken from the devotional and study material in the Youth Bible, New Century Version (Anglicised Edition)
Copyright © 1993 by Word Publishing.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Links below display the relevant assembly - accessible to subscribers only.

Assembly ref 167
Poems taken from Up To Date by Steve Turner. Reproduced by permission of Hodder and Stoughton Limited.

Assembly ref 181
Extracts from The Book of Heroic Failures Copyright © Stephen Pile, 1979.
Reproduced by permission of the author c/o Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd., 20 Powis Mews, London W11 1JN

Assembly ref 180
Information adapted from Emotions: Can you trust them? by Dr James Dobson
Copyright © 1986 Gospel Light/Regal Books, Ventura, CA 93003. Used by permission.

Assembly ref 176
Excerpt from TIME Magazine, April 26, 1999
Article © 2000 Time Inc. New Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.
Pathfinder is a registered trademark of Time Inc New Media.

Assembly ref 183
'The Spaceship' from Issues in Geography: Nature of Environments, Heinemann Educational Books Ltd.
Reprinted by permission of Heinemann Educational Publishers, a division of Reed Educational & Professional Publishing Ltd.

Assembly ref 183
'Canticle of the Sun' by St Francis of Assisi

Assembly ref 188
'God and the Prime Minister' taken from Crowd Makers by Bob Moffet, published by Pickering and Inglis Ltd, 1985. Story anonymous.

Assembly ref 188
Extract from SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL by E F Schumacher published by Vintage. Used by permission of Mrs V Schumacher and the Random House Group Ltd.

Assembly refs 186, 193
Quotations from Key Christian Beliefs and Life Issues by Chris Wright, published by Lion Publishing plc and reproduced with permission.

Assembly ref 195
Terry Waite quotation: "It is only when you know how to be a citizen of your own country that you can learn how to be a citizen of the world." (Terry Waite, CBE)

Assembly ref 205
Quotation from Ignacio Ellacuria, taken from Faith and Struggle in Central America, Schools Pack published by CAFOD and Christian Aid.

Assembly ref 214
'The Video' first appeared in Syllabus Builders by Diane Walker, © Bible Reading Fellowship/The Stapleford Centre, 2001


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