Assemblies

Week and Values

Quote of the week

      1.     Induction Week

“If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run — and often in the short one — the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative” – Arthur C Clarke

2.     Induction Week

“If you want to watch telly, go watch Scooby Doo. That programme was so cool; every time there was a church with a ghoul, or a ghost in a school, they looked beneath the mask. And what was inside? The janitor, or the dude who ran the water slide. Because throughout history, every mystery, ever solved, has turned out to be not magic” – Tim Minchin (Storm)

3.     Appreciation

“You can go home again, the General Temporal Theory asserts, so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been” – Ursula Le Guin (The Dispossessed)

4.     Bullying

“Terrifying thieves too much provokes them to cruelty” – Thomas More

5.     Caring

“Why should I kill myself worrying when I'll end up just as dead?” – Antonio Ricci (Bicycle Thieves)

6.     Community

“When I went to the Yellow Cab Company I passed the Cancer Building and I remembered that there were worse things than looking for a job you didn't want” – Charles Buckowski

7.     Compassion & Consideration

“It is better to risk sparing a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one” – Voltaire

8.     Success & Celebration

“The probability of success is difficult to estimate; but if we never search the chance of success is zero” – Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison

9.     Contribute to Lives of Others

“Who was the first man to look at a house full of objects and to immediately assess them only in terms of what he could trade them in for in the market likely to have been? Surely he can only have been a thief” – David Graeber

10.  Co-operation

“You gotta look at the guy next to you. Look into his eyes! Now I think you're gonna see a guy who will go that inch with ya. You're gonna see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team because he knows, when it comes down to it, you're gonna do the same for him! That's a team, gentleman! And, either we heal, now, as a team, or we will die as individuals. That's football, guys. That's all it is” – Al Paccino (Any Given Sunday)

11.  Courage

“Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying” – Arthur C Clarke

12.  Creativity

“If they give you lined paper, write the other way” – Juan Jimenez (also the preface to Fahrenheit 451)

13.  Democracy

“Start your own revolution, cut out the middleman. The revolution is only a t-shirt away” – Billy Bragg (Waiting for the great leap forwards)

14.  Equality

“A great poet belongs to no country; his works are public property, and his Memoirs the inheritance of the public” – Lord Byron

15.  Success & Celebration

“Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives” — Socrates

16.  Faiths & Freedom

“Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains” – Rousseau

17.  Friends & Happiness

“A witty saying proves nothing” – Voltaire

18.  Honesty & Hope

“But it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it's all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us. But within that inch we are free” – Valerie (V for Vendetta)

19.  Initiative

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change” – Stephen Hawking

20.  Kindness

"When you do things right, people won't be sure that you have done anything at all– Futurama (Godfellas)

21.  Success & Celebration

“It is of the nature of idea to be communicated: written, spoken, done. The idea is like grass. It craves light, likes crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows better for being stepped on” – Ursula Le Guin

22.  Learning

“When Students cheat on exams it's because our School System values grades more than Students value learning” – Neil Degrasse Tyson

23.  Love

“They can picture love affairs of chemicals and stars, a romance of stones, or the fertility of fire. Strange, fertile correspondences the alchemists sensed in unlikely orders of being. Between men and planets, plants and gestures, words and weather” – Jim Morrison

24.  Motivation

“Stuff your eyes with wonder . . . live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories” – Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451)

25.  Patience & Peace

“Most of the wind happens where there are trees” – Paul Muldoon

26.  Success & Celebration

“Things are only boring if you are boring” – Will Self

27.  Perseverance

“I’m coming back in… and it’s the saddest moment of my life” – Ed White expresses his sorrow at the conclusion of the first American spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission on 3 June 1965

28.  Public Institutions

“Only because I prefer a positive to a negative. In this game that we're playing, we can't win. Some kinds of failure are better than other kinds, that's all” – George Orwell (1984)

29.  Remembrance

“The past, like the future, is a place where other people live” – ???

30.  Respect & Responsibility

“Even smart kids stick their finger in electrical sockets sometimes. It takes time to figure things out. It's been proven by history. All mankind makes mistakes. It's our job to try to protect you from making the dangerous ones, if we can” -  Captain Sharp (Moonrise Kingdom)

31.  Right & Wrong

I don't know why people say a double-edged sword is bad. It's a sword. With two edges" — Kamahl

32.  Self Knowledge, Esteem & Confidence

“Failure is not an option” – This quote is often attributed to NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz during the Apollo 13 rescue mission in April 1970, but he never actually said it.

33.  Success & Celebration

“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible” – Albert Einstein

 

34.  Teamwork

“Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good” – Vince Lombardi

35.  Thoughtfulness

“Mathematical knowledge adds vigour to the mind, frees it from prejudice, credulity, and superstition" – John Arbuthnot

36.  Tolerance & Trust

“We accept the love we think we deserve” – Bill (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

37.  Understanding

‘I suspect the older you get the more invisible you become” – Nick Cave

38.  Success & Celebration

“I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams" – Spider-Man 2

39.  Space Camp

“Isn't this enough? Just. This? World? Just this beautiful, complex wonderfully unfathomable, natural world? How does it so fail to hold our attention that we have to diminish it with the invention of cheap, man-made myths and monsters?” – Tim Minchin(Storm)

40.  Space Camp

"To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, to throw a perfume on the violet, to smooth the ice, or add another hue unto the rainbow, or with taper-light to seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, is wasteful and ridiculous excess" – Shakespeare. (King John)

41.  Space Camp

“This is Major Tom to Ground Control.
I'm stepping through the door,
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way.
And the stars look very different today”

– David Bowie (Space Oddity)