Bringing Zack back home
This assembly is aimed at pupils at primary (KS2) level.
Script to introduce the film
This is a film about Zack. He lives in Kenya, a country in Africa, and had a normal life until he was hurt in a robbery, nine years ago.
He suffered injuries to his spine or backbone, and since then he hasn't been able to walk, and gets around in a wheelchair.
Unfortunately for Zack, there is nowhere in Kenya that can help treat his spine, so he is travelling over 4000 kilometres to the nearest treatment centre, in South Africa.
Show film and use the discussion prompts afterwards.
Do you think it would have been hard for Zack to get used to having a wheelchair? What sort of everyday things would be different or more difficult for him to do?
Have you ever had to complete a difficult challenge? How did it make you feel?
Have you ever needed to visit the doctors or a hospital? How far did you need to go to get there? How does that compare to Zack's journey?
Do you think Zack is showing courage in his challenge?
What about Paralympic athletes? Do you think they need to show more courage and determination to do well in sport?
Have you watched any of the Paralympic Games? What did you think?
Ask the Assembly Question
Do you think Zack will complete his journey to South Africa?