Happy to be Me school Assembly
Cast of 25 - 30 (Easily adjustable up or down)
Duration: Around 15 mins not including music and dance suggestions
Our narrator sure has a challenge - turning those frowns upside down! But with a little help from the cast (and some seriously bad jokes) he/she succeeds admirably - with joy and positivity coming from the unlikeliest quarters!
This assembly can be performed by Key Stage I or II - there are suggestions in the Production Notes re: simplification for younger children.
See also - World Smile Day Assembly.
Music 5 I love to Laugh – from Mary Poppins
(4 Grumpy Young People sing above song, laughing throughout explosively)
(Whole cast applauds)
Narrator: Well. I’m so glad we appear to have converted those grumpy people! But telling a few jokes and having a laugh is not the whole answer.
GYP: (Together) What?
Narrator: No. (Pauses) You see, getting happy isn’t a problem.
GYG1: Yeah. We like it!
GYB1: It’s a lot more fun than being grumpy!
Narrator: But staying happy is a lot harder.
GYG1: (Tutting) I just knew there had to be a catch!
(GYP go back to scowling again)
Narrator: But hey! The good news is
(Pointing to cast)
We can show you how to stay happy!
(GYP all cheer)
Narrator: There’s really just one thing you have to remember.
GYG2: Oh yes?
GYB2: What’s that?
Narrator: Well, it goes back to the title of this Assembly.
(Sound of Music children, S.O.M. 1 – 7, stand up, holding banner Happy to be Me; each steps forward in turn offering a piece of advice)
S.O.M.1: I’m (points to banner) happy to be me!
Narrator: I expect you are! Those were lovely ‘favourite things’ you told us about in your song.
S.O.M.2: Those certainly help. But real happiness comes from within!
S.O.M.3: You have to learn to love yourself!
S.O.M.4: All the riches in the world won’t make you happy
S.O.M.5: If you don’t love yourself.
(S.O.M.6 steps forward, trips, nearly falls over, and then laughs at him/herself
S.O.M.6: Don’t take yourself too seriously!
S.O.M.7: It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself sometimes.
Narrator: (Laughing) It certainly is
(Turning to Q1 – 5)
And do you have some more advice?
Q1: We do! Like, don’t try to please everyone all the time.
Q2: Appreciate what you’ve got.
Q3: Don’t wish for what you haven’t got.
Q4: Be happy with what you have now!
Q5: Focus on what you can do. Not what you can’t.
All: (Together) Have fun!
Whole cast: (Shouting together) Be happy!