Lower School Assembly

by Music Teacher Ellen Baer
Every Day 6, the Lower School holds a community assembly. The assemblies consist of a variety of presentations — everything from poems written by students to skits on timely topics to singing songs. 
On occasion, Upper School students visit to share a presentation or performance. Three fourth graders are the announcers for each assembly. As announcers, students create a script, including an opening and a closing, and determine how to best introduce each presentation. On the day of the assembly, the announcers practice with the microphone, and they inevitably discover that it’s very strange hearing your voice coming from a speaker across the room while you are still speaking! During the assembly, the announcers learn that the script might not go according to plan. A sound glitch, a forgotten line, stage fright. One must be resilient and continue. Leadership qualities are employed when the students realize it’s up to them to keep the pacing of the assembly going. In addition, as announcers, they are setting the tone for the assembly. How they introduce each presentation determines, in part, how the audience will perceive it. Through this invaluable experience, the students practice stage presence, diction, creativity, leadership, resilience, time management, teamwork, and ethics, all contributing to successful public speaking.
New Canaan Country School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin and are afforded all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid policies or any other school-administered programs.