Bahá’ís regularly visit schools to participate in collective worship or assemblies. You can request a Bahá’í speaker – or, if you are a Bahá’í, learn more about visiting schools in your area – by going to the School Visitors page.
The materials suggested on this page have been loosely collected under seasonal headings, to indicate which time of the school year might be most appropriate for their use. In practice, though, most of these presentations could be used at any time of year.
Some of the slides have an accompanying script, so we recommend you view the presentation in ‘notes view’.
You can help: If you have used Bahá’í material in an assembly and are willing to share it with others, please contact Bahá’í RE.
The following two presentations, suitable for pupils aged 11-13 and 13-15 respectively, introduce the concept of ‘virtues’. They encourage pupils to reflect on the above quotation, and think about the virtues they would most like to develop in themselves.
KS3 assembly on virtues (1.5 Mb)
A five-minute presentation similar to the above but suitable for pupils aged 13-15, introducing the concept of ‘virtues’ and encouraging pupils to reflect on the virtues they will acquire and polish on their journey through life.
KS4 assembly on virtues (1.7 Mb)
“A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men.” Bahá’u’lláh
The following five-minute presentation, suitable for pupils aged 11-13, explores the power of speech. It urges pupils to think about the effects that their words have on other people, and to try to find positive ways of speaking that lift the hearts of the people they are with.
KS3 assembly on the ‘creative word’ (1.5 Mb)
“Strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers.” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
The following two presentations, suitable for KS3 and KS4 pupils respectively, illustrate the experience of pilgrimage from a Bahá’í perspective. If a Bahá’í visitor is giving the presentation, they might talk about their own experience of pilgrimage. Otherwise the script can be adapted to give a more general outline of what pilgraimge might mean to a Bahá’í.
The KS3 assembly introduces the concept of kindness in words and deeds.
The KS4 assembly introduces the concept of service to others as being equivalent to an act of worship.
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