On the last Thursday of every month CGS parents join staff and students for a school wide Assembly.
Assemblies are hosted by a different class each month and are entirely presented by the students with teacher support. Assembly themes like friendship and honesty are taken from our Character Education program.
These presentations are a very important part of the curriculum at CGS. It is a time for students to share what they have been working on in the classroom, in choir and in their music classes. It is the perfect opportunity to exercise their public speaking and performance skills. As a result of these regular opportunities to be on the stage our students think nothing of being in the spotlight. Even our Early Start (preschool) students participate, building unusual confidence for such little people. Our students also learn the valuable skill of being a good audience and respecting their fellow students.
For those students that are very shy our Assemblies serve an even greater purpose. These students are given the opportunity to build their confidence over time, speaking a little louder or singing a little stronger each month. We have seen students blossom from quiet-as-a-mouse presenter to lead in the musical or winner of The Public Speaking Contest. Assembly days are among the most proud and moving for CGS staff as it is the time that we see our students at their best and bravest.
If you are a parent struggling with whether or not to choose a private school it is important to note that this kind of regular opportunity to perform/present is not part of typical public school life. Experience outside of the classroom, particularly on the stage, is critical to a well rounded education and at CGS we take great care to create meaningful events for students to be part of and contribute to on a regular basis.