Schedule An Assembly
Breaking the Cycle assemblies are an excellent resource for PSHE and help fulfil the Citizenship component of the National Curriculum. As part of the program, free books on over-coming fear and prejudice, nurturing forgiveness, and related themes are offered to participating students at their request. More than 150,000 copies have been distributed to date.
Convinced that proactive prevention is the best way to stem the rising tide of school violence, and in the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, the assembly program, Breaking the Cycle, was initiated. This award-winning program stresses honest communication and forgiveness as a way of resolving conflicts and easing the tensions that linger afterward.Breaking the Cycle brings its message to tens of thousands of teens each year, and in 2008 started a chapter in the UK featuring speakers from the USA and England working together. It underscores the efforts of principals, teachers, and law enforcement, to counteract school violence by proactively addressing its most common roots: bullying, peer pressure, gossip, racism, and other forms of intolerance. By addressing these problematic roots of school violence, assemblies organized by Breaking the Cycle generate self-respect and respect for others – both keys to school safety – and strengthen positive links between school employees, parents, students and local police officers.
Our speakers tell personal stories of life experiences that demonstrate how, through choosing to forgive, conflicts can be resolved. The message is positive and non-religious - a direct appeal stressing self-respect and the unique value of each individual. The assemblies include a chance for questions and answers with the students and speakers.