More from the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC

What matters to Highfields School?

What matters to Highfields School in Matlock, Derbyshire?

Take a look at this short film produced and edited by Highfields to find out how they got on!

St. Swithun's Catholic Primary School in Southsea held a whole school assembly to discuss what matters to them.

The classes were then sent away to come up with one thing that they cared about, before returning for a final assembly at the end of the day.

Each group was challenged to present their burning issue to the whole school - complete with slideshow and pictures!

The St Swithun's team! The St Swithun's team!

A wide range of topics including race, gender and poverty were all discussed - but in the end, 'equality for all' won the day. Fantastic work!

Newmarket pupils on breakfast TV!

A further update on Newmarket School's spot on NZTV's Breakfast programme (see earlier update).

We've now got footage of their appearance as pupils chat with a NZTV correspondent about their study of the traffic problems around the school.

Fantastic - take a look! (Footage provided with permission of NZTV)

Here's some feedback from Norlington School for Boys in East London, who were asked how they might change the world for the better:

"One thing I would change about the world is to end poverty. There is no reason for people, especially children, to starve just because they are poor."

"I believe that people of all races and religion should live together with equal wealth. Why should one person have nothing and one person have more?"

"If there was one thing I would change it would be giving kids more opportunities for them to do things, and more advantages in life."

Some interesting perspectives there - thanks for taking part.

Pupils at William Brookes School, Shropshire, UK, feel that the health of their families and their future careers are important to them.

Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong students in their assembly Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong students in their assembly

Here's a picture from Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong - some of their students and teachers are part of a group called 'Traffick Link', which campaigns against slavery and human trafficking.

Branston Junior School,Lincolnshire, UK, made a presentation about issues that mattered to them. Animal cruelty was a popular subject. Pupils are now planning to discuss how they can help stop cruelty to animals by raising money for charity.

Erpingham Church of England Primary School, Norfolk, UK, is a small school in the countryside and close to the sea. The pupils discussed worrying about their grandparents and pollution.

They also expressed the importance of friends of family, a view that was also shared by St Lawrence Junior School, West Pennard Primary, and Selborne CE Aided Primary.

Pupils from Springdales School, New Delhi, India talk about what matters to them

Springdales School are based in New Delhi, India, and their students spoke to the whole school on the theme: "This is me."

You can hear their reflections on their own moral and spiritual development in this video.

A vote was cast at Berrymede Junior School, London, and the local area stood out as a hot topic. Pupils said that sometimes they do not feel safe walking in the local area due to teenage gangs.

Farrigndon Junior School, Oxfordshire, UK, wants to see more lollipop ladies to ensure that children are safe when crossing the road. Pupils also want to help prevent the spread of malaria in countries that are at risk of the disease by supplying more mosquito nets.

At Markfield School, UK, 250 listened in their assembly to six other pupils present their views. They spoke about many issues including supporting charity, having fun whilst learning, and education children on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Pupils at the Karlovačka Gimnazija School, Serbia, wonder about the future of the education system.

Although the educational reforms started several years ago, many students and teachers have remained deeply dissatisfied with the state of affairs in schools and universities.

The pupils are keen to see life skills added to the current curriculum, and they would like to take advantage of schemes that facilitate student exchange programmes.

The Sagar School in Rajasthan, India, posed two questions to their students to answer in their assembly:

  1. What one change do you wish to see in the world?
  2. What do you expect from the world as a citizen?

They picked eighteen students to take to the lectern and give their answers to the school. The school told us:

"The students expressed themselves strongly and with great passion in what they felt and believed. Most of the issues that they touched upon were burning ones which have created a feeling of insecurity amongst the youth of today."

Let's hear what some of the students spoke about. Meenakshi said: "The one change I... want to see is that the world should be populated by non-political and non-violent countries."

Jitin wants the "elimination of discrimination of every type. Especially the discrimination that people practice on the basis of wealth: 'rich' and poor'".

And Monika thinks that "Parents should not force their decisions on their children. They should let them live in their own way. Mostly boys get this freedom, but the girls are always forced to obey the rules made by them."

Fantastic stuff - well done to you all!

At Udny Green School in Aberdeenshire, Scotland pupils are concerned about cruelty to animals such as poaching of rare species, illegal and legal whaling and abusing pets and farm stock. Animals should be allowed a chance to grow and develop their species.

At North Walsham High School in the UK, Year 8 pupils discussed issues that they felt were important were all asked to vote, by standing up for the issue that they wanted to highlight.

Two pupils sent in NWHS's report. They said, "In the end, the issue that raised the most attention was bullying. This is because most of our students have received some sort of problem with bullying and they have all said they demand it stops."

Children at Homelands Primary School in Torquay, Devon, spent their assembly sharing a range of issues from pointless wars to unstoppable tsunamis.

Many children wanted to give us all hope by suggesting ways of tackling these problems. One pupil, Ashley, wrote that, 'Imagination matters to me. Without imagination the world would be absolutely nothing but a steaming pile of darkness…'

Homelands Primary decided that imagination and creativity will help them to come up with fantastic ideas and solutions to the things which are important.

Bolton by Bowland Primary School, UK, held their assembly in the Nan Sutherland Memorial Garden and remembered a teacher who had been passionate about gardening.

Pupils said that it was important to them to remember a great teacher of the school who had a passion for gardening and left a lasting memory for everyone to enjoy for generations to come. Pupils from Vale School in Worthing UK have held assemblies throughout the morning to cover all 8 year groups.

What matters to Fairlands Middle School?

Here's a video filmed and edited by Fairlands Middle School in Somerset for the World's Biggest School Assembly, in which pupils discuss what matters to them.

St Winifred's School, Southampton, UK told us their children identified many issues, including: cures for disease, saving the environment, friendship and poverty. In a close vote they decided that education for all was the most important issue and that it had the greatest impact. "It was good to take part in such a global event."

What issues matter to Satoo School students?

Let's find out what matters to pupils from Satoo Primary School, which is based in Alberta, Canada.

They've produced this video to tell the world what their burning issues are - take a look:

More from UK schools now: first, Bempton School have focussed their assembly on the importance of respect. Pupils are considering setting up a 'respect wall' where they can leave messages.

At Old Buckenham Hall pupils talked about how important it is to live together peacefully through the topic of 'teamwork'. "Everyone was very excited about being part of the day," says their teacher.

'Team Uganda' during their school assembly 'Team Uganda' during their school assembly

Cordeaux School in Louth, Lincolnshire, discussed an exciting upcoming trip in their assembly.

In July seven of their students will be visiting partner school Nakanyonyi Secondary School in Mukono, Uganda.

'Team Uganda' spoke about looking forward (although not without some nervousness!) to working with the Ugandan students and making lots of new friends.

"The Queen because she represents our country," is just one of the ideas put forward by pupils at Conifers school in Midhurst, UK.

Other pupils said storms and floods and personal security: "I can play in the garden and know that I will come to no harm".

Jessica, Charlie, Kelsey, Stephanie, Yasmin, Sabia, Bethan and Megan got in touch from Herbert Thompson Primary School in Cardiff, Wales to tell us that their future's matter to them.

"When I grow up i would like to be a forensic scientist," says Jessica. "When I was younger, me and my father used to watch C.S.I and I absolutely loved it. Sadly, my father died in 2009, and that has made me even more determined to become a forensic scientist."

At Blacklow Brow Year 5/6 students have been discusing positive and negative points about the education system in England including schools inspections.

Pupils talked about whether it was right that schools should have a 'no notice' inspection or whether they should have a warning so they can present their best.

"I feel that schools should have notice to allow them to present their school as best as they can," said Sophie. Where as Oliver feels that OFSTED should give no notice as the school should always be working at their best ability for their pupils. Interesting ideas and discussions.

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To Hookah or not to Hookah!”

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Over to Lebanon where pupils at Modern Saint Anthony School, Jbeil chose to highlight a food production scandal in Lebanon centred on the meat industry. Areas of concern for the pupils were health checks, concerns about retailers and legal action taken to deal with the problem.

Pupils at Portsmouth Girls School, UK, are concerned about the financial crisis.

One pupil wrote, "Down here in Portsmouth it is really annoying because some times your parents don't have enough to feed you or they are in debt and can't pay the bills. My mum sometimes gets depressed about all these bills coming in and it's alot to handle for a grown up."

On a lighter note, Lebanese pupils at Jesus and Mary School decided to focus on the use of the shisha pipe. They said: "To Hookah or not to Hookah: that is the Question!"

The Methodist College in Belfast, Northern Ireland, talked about the incredible story of a slum dweller called Shabnam living in New Delhi. Against incredible odds she managed to get a place in university. "Shabnam is a wonderful example to all of us, showing how hard work, dedication and commitment, results in achieving goals that would otherwise be impossible."

What matters to Providence High School?

Providence High School in Indiana, USA, have decided that how American teenagers around the world are perceived matters to them.

Take a look at this video, in which they discuss what the big issues are for young people in the US.

Pupils at Grange Community Infant School, UK, decided that friends and family were important, "as our family look after us and we have to look after them... friendship is important as the playground would be boring without any friends."

At West Horndon Primary School, UK, Sycamore class cares about the environment: "We need to make sure we look after our environment for the future."

A look now at Newmarket Primary School which is in Auckland, New Zealand. It's a school of around 250 pupils that was built in the 1870's, and has a diversity amongst its pupils that reflects the city as a whole.

Newmarket Primary students hard at work ahead of the World's Biggest School Assembly Newmarket Primary students hard at work ahead of the World's Biggest School Assembly

The big issue for Newmarket is the traffic around the school. Teacher Sonya Van Schaijik told us: "Our school is a block from the exit ramp and two main streets from the entry ramp."

"Our day of discussion for the BBC World's Biggest School Assembly will involve Auckland Transport, who are working with us on the school's 'Travel Wise' programme. Our children will have the opportunity to share and identify hazards and issues that they encounter when they travel to and from school."

The concern about traffic is linked to the work the school does to help the environment - and Newmarket have put together this video for World Class which includes a great song they composed on the topic.

Excitingly, the school's involvement in the World's Biggest School Assembly was noticed by New Zealand national broadcaster, TVNZ, who will covered the story!

Newmarket students with their traffic planning map - and a NZTV camera crew! Newmarket students with their traffic planning map - and a NZTV camera crew!

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Family won ... a poignant choice for our school as we have some children not able to live with their families”

End Quote Sarah Murray Haverley Hey Communiry School

Teacher Sarah Murray from Haveley Hey Community School, Manchester, UK writes: "We took part in the Biggest Assembly on Tuesday and it was a huge success! Three classes prepared a presentation [about poverty, crime, and family] and then all children in KS1 and KS2 had a chance to vote for their 'burning' issue!

"With a clear lead of over 60 more votes than the other issues - Family won! In the words of Y5 - 'Family makes us who we are'. This is a poignant choice for our school as we do have some children who are not able to live with their families or are seperated from part of their family."

Pupils from Mount St. Mary's College in Derbyshire found that two things mattered to them - rising unemployment and university fees.

They were concerned about how the financial problems being experienced by the country at the moment would affect both the lives of their parents and themselves.

Over to National Evangelical Saida in Lebanon where the big assembly topic was social networking, and the impact of democracy.

What matters to St Mary's Catholic High School in Menston, Leeds?

Scoring high on the list were band One Direction, cars, and even Mr Twitchell, the Maths teacher...

...but in the end, the students decided that what mattered most was the 'help, love, support and companionship of those nearest and to dearest them'.

Taofiq and Abdul prepare for their assembly Taofiq and Abdul prepare for their assembly

William Ellis School in Camden, UK, put the focus on two of its students to tell the school what matters to them.

Taofiq, who is from Nigeria, and Abdul, form Sierra Leone, decided to do an assembly about African culture in London

They spoke about how young people of African descent show less respect to their elders, and wondered whether this was a reason that some of these young people ended up turning to crime.

Saint Anthony's College, Hammana in Lebanon chose to focus on poverty - especially the plight of children in Somalia. Pupils made a presentation highlighting suffering caused by malnutrition and disease. Harrowing material for a very serious topic at St Anthony's.

What matters to pupils from Sotogrande International School?

Based in Spain's Costa del Sol, Sotogrande International School asked their pupils what matters to them.

The students were most concerned about the plight of developing countries, and they subsequently put together this video asking what developed countries should be doing to help the less priveleged.

Great stuff - have a watch:

Over now to Southcott Lower School in Bedfordshire, who made lists on the things that matter to them the most and the things they would most like to change.

Everyone in Years 1, 2 and 3 took part in the discussion, and 'unfair treatment of animals' was the thing that worried the most people - followed by bullying and risks posed by cars in the form of pollution road safety.

Students from St. John's School prepare to vote about what matters to them Students from St. John's School prepare to vote about what matters to them

Students from St. John's School in Cyprus, like North Hinksey (see below) also had a vote for the issue that matters most to them.

They opted for the war in Afghanistan. Teacher Liz Jackson told us: "The students voted overwhelmingly (for Afghanistan) because when a parent is over there it has such a huge impact on our students lives".

In Royal Russell Junior School in Croydon, pupils aged 7-11 decided three things mattered to them: bullying, studying hard for a good job in the future, and recycling and saving water.

Teacher Jan Bennett said: "It was an interesting discussion, during which many children showed they are passionate about issues that affect them and the wider world".

Great work!

Over now to Youlgrave All Saints' CE Primary School, who are a small rural school in Derbyshire.

They decided that family and friends are what really matters. They told us: "Without family and friends, there would not be love, kindness, friendship, trust, respect and help - all of which are our Christian values".

North Hinksey CE Primary School pupils vote with their feet

Pupils from North Hinksey CE Primary School in Oxford were standing up to be heard yesterday.

They voted for the issue that mattered the most to them by rising to their feet - with caring for the environment and animal habitats scoring the most votes.

Terrorism, the importance of the family, and helping the poor and homeless were also issues that scored highly. Well done guys - a great idea!

More innovative ideas at Washingwell Primary School in Newcastle upon Tyne, where each child then wrote a post it note about something that mattered to them.

In a whole school assembly, after the notes were collected in it transpired that family and the future were the things that mattered the most.

Pupils at The Academy at Shotton Hall giving an assembly on homophobic bullying Pupils at The Academy at Shotton Hall giving an assembly on homophobic bullying

The Academy at Shotton Hall, Peterlee, have been talking about homophobic bullying as an issue that matters to them.

To mark their involvement in World's Biggest School Assembly, they've been holding assemblies all week to discuss the different ways in which students can be affected by this issue, and providing advice on where students can find help both in and out of school if they are affected.

Let's get some feedback from students from Park House School in Berkshire about what matters to them:

  • "Having an opportunity to take part in what I love such as sport, specifically rugby" - George
  • "Opportunities are important to me to try to get the best out of everything you have" - Sophie
  • "Friends and family are important to me" - Joshua
  • "My faith is important to me as it makes me who I am" Bathany

Here's what matters to Khaitain Public School in India.

Khaitan Public School conduct their assembly for World Class! Khaitan Public School conduct their assembly for World Class!

International School Award Coordinator, Charmaine Vida Tayal, told us: "The students expressed the importance of having parents to be their moral guiding light as mattering most in their lives".

"Also, having a sound educational background with the latest technological support will ensure their success and enable them to build a strong nation".

And pupil Aarushi felt that 'Mother Earth' mattered to her the most as she constantly contributes towards environmental preservation.

Pupils in Lebanon at the Al Hadi Institute also talked about the environment; their assembly explored ways to protect the environment. Global warming was the focus at another Lebanese school, Aley public school.

Aley public school, Lebanon talked about

  • drink driving and teenagers
  • capital punishment right or wrong
  • global warming

Aley pupils also debated the pros and cons of one of the world's most contentious issues: capital punishment. And finally, the Aley assembly reflected on the consequences of drink driving, particularly as it affects teenagers.

Thanks to the Alejandro Obregón School who have made this video about what matters to their school in Columbia. (The BBC is not responsible for content on external sites.)

Let's hear now from Jeju Dong Middle School in South Korea. They've been talking about their dreams for the future - here's a snap from their assembly (check out the background video they are drawing inspiration from!):

Pupils from Jeju Dong Middle School in South Korea discuss what matters to them

Kim says: "I want to teach disabled people in Jeju. So I am volunteering in every Saturday for disabled people. I teach some children there."

Jang wants to a bisiness woman. "I'm going to major in marketing in the university. To enter the good university, I've been studying hard. When I become a business woman, I'll be very happy."

And Jung wants to be an elementary school teacher in America. "I love kids. I want to help kids be happy, especially in their childhood."

Eling Infant School Eling Infant School

At the Eling Infant School, UK, teachers were pleasantly surprised by the thougts of one pupil; "There should be more Legolands so that all the children in the world can visit!" Also, that "Home matters. Without a home, you have nothing".

Children at the East Tilbury Infant School, UK, feel that looking after animals, taking care of sick people and being a good friend is what really matters to them.

Downside Primary school discussed many issues.  They felt that Islam was important to them. Downside Primary school discussed many issues. They felt that Islam was important to them.

Air pollution is important to the pupils at the Awake and Shine school, India. They feel that in the city and towns, that there is not enough clean air. By planting more trees and having less motor vehicles, they believe they can make a difference.

Pupils at the Sinnington Primary School, UK, feel that "having friends and family who are caring and help us through difficult times in life" matters to them. They also feel that endangered animals should have the right to life just as humans do.

Pupils from Summercroft Primary School, UK, have concerns about travel safety. The school is close to a high speed train track where fatal accidents have taken place. These tragedies have had a huge impact on the local community and the pupils want to be safe in their town.

St Johns and St Clements CE Primary School St Johns and St Clements CE Primary School

St Johns and St Clements CE Primary School, UK, pupils are concerned about crime in their local area. Many children said that they had experienced or witnessed some form of crime and that they want this it to stop. They discussed gun and knife crime, muggings and the theft of a statue in a local park. They are worried about gang culture and expressed concerns over the riots from last summer which affected many families where they live.

At Cape Cornwall School, UK, the disappearance of British child Madeline McCann in 2007 was their big issue. Teacher Miss Trevarthen wrote: "One year 7 student said "In my heart I know she is alive". Students at Cape said they feel close to this story, they have heard about Madeline for a large proportion of their lives. They feel her disappearance is worrying, fearful and upsetting. Finding Madeline or knowing what happened to her is very important to students at Cape."

Pupils at Manchester Health Academy, UK Manchester Health Academy voted on their most important issue

Manchester Health Academy, UK, pupils discussed a wide range of issues including footballers' wages, childhood obesity, and world peace. Their most important issue was the need to find a cure for cancer.

Year 9 pupils at Angley School, UK, nominated their families: "They're mad but they always look out for me." "They are lairy but loving." "Embarrassing and annoying, but it would not be the same without them."

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Embarrassing and annoying, but it would not be the same without them”

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It was a sunny day on the Mull of Kintyre and pupils at Drumlemble Primary in Scotland sent their greetings. They talked about things they take for granted: rain, toilets, pocket money and toys.

After watching the video we had a discussion about what we take for granted. Each group then selected the ones they considered most important. Each group is sending you their thoughts.

Best wishes to everyone taking part from a sunny Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.

At St Charles' Primary, Scotland, animal welfare and bullying got pupils talking but homelessness was by far the biggest issue within the local community and abroad.

Pupils at Brookside Primary school Brookside Primary school pupils talked about Somaliland

Somaliland was the hot topic at Brookside Primary School in the UK. The school sponsors Hodo, a child who lives there, and the school council shared his latest news at their special assembly.

Pupils at Blyton cum Laughton CE Primary School, UK, talked about how important it is to have a good education. The World's Biggest Assembly also got everyone talking, too: "What a great worldwide gathering this is".

At Little Gaddesden School, UK, their special assembly was about famous people from the past, who pupils would most like to meet. Seven year olds Poppy and Rocco were interested in Thomas Farrier who started the Fire of London.

Among other topics, Huxlow Science College pupils in the UK have been talking about floods in the dance and drama studio, global warming, wars involving the UK and the US, and goal line technology in football!

Year 5 and 6 children at Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Liverpool, UK, "thoroughly enjoyed taking part". Nature got them talking in their assembly.

Pilton Bluecoat watched the live feed during their school assembly Pilton Bluecoat watched the live feed during their school assembly

Chirag, Shweta and Prachi at the Modern Public School Shalimar Bagh, India, took part in the World's Biggest School Assembly. They focussed on personal achievement, trying your best and accepting criticism to realise your talents and "climb the stairs of success".

Great debate and discussion at Pilton Bluecoat Juniors in Devon, UK where pupils talked about how important bees and their pollination are to the local environment, animal cruelty, family, and achieving dreams.

Stottesdon Primary, Shropshire, UK, pupils voted on what matters to them. Care for wildlife and habitats won the majority of the votes. Pupils send their best wishes to the world.

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