The rule for most schools for Pep Rallies and Assemblies are: Pep Rally’s are just for introducing sports teams, while assemblies are just for musical performances or guest speakers. Break the Rules! Rallies and Assemblies do not have to be just introducing sports teams or listening to music groups. They can be fun, have themes, and be a major event anticipated by all, no matter the size of your school! They can be a highlight of your school year, just let your creativity get crazy!
This was my philosophy in high school! Take rallies/assemblies very seriously as they are a huge reflection of your organization, School Spirit and care to the entire school.
Great rallies = better perception of your abilities as Leaders and increased anticipation for all other activities. Grab this opportunity! I suggest a minimum of 3 spirit rallies/assemblies a year.
How to Convince Your Administration:
Do some research on what your school needs and wants. Put your ideas on paper and propose to the Administration over the Summer. Convince them that getting the school together several times will cause benefits to School Spirit, morale, promotion of special events, and fun that outweigh class time missed! Put on paper why your rallies will have more fun, energy, and participation from others.
Fun and hyped assemblies and pep rallies depend on the use of two-way communication before the event happens. DO NOT rely on posters and announcements to recruit help. ASK PEOPLE!
Ask the people who have the “egos” to be the “stars” of your assemblies! You know the types… athletic stars (guys and gals!), class clowns, music and drama talents. They are in your school and are rarely ask to be involved. So approach them! By involving others besides the “leadership crowd”, you give a reason for even more of your schoolmates to get excited at rallies.
The people that you “fear” when you are on stage, the jokers and “cool” people, get them on your side by getting them on stage! Okay, you will get “no’s” and strange looks, but be persistent, they’re just not used to being asked. Ask them when their friends do not surround them. You will find that early success will cause more people wanting to be on stage in the future.
As the student leader your roles could include: organize the rally, set deadlines, assign “parts” to people, screen the acts before they go on, act as MC; still play a role on stage, but let the creativity of others flow!
Screening the acts beforehand is important! What is “funny” to some may not be to the administration!
It is essential for the rally to be accepted and successful that the people on stage reflect all of the different clicks, styles, groups and attitudes in your school. This gives everyone a reason to come out because someone they know or like or can identify with is going to be on stage! One rally at a school featured a skateboarding demo, a shooting basketball hoops contest, a school cheer, a picture show put on by the yearbook, and an Indian drum dance! A fantastic balance of different groups was involved!
For example, our pep rally prior to our haunted house activity featured “metal head” class clowns doing a skit, sports stars leading cheers, a rock band playing a song, a singing quartet from the music department, two seniors leading a dance, a rap and dance act and finally the administration coming out as the Ghostbusters! Behind the scenes, people from AV and music help assemble equipment and lend their creativity to the layout and sound. The student council MC’d and organized the rally but it represented all of the different interests of the school. The result: a memorable event that everyone enjoyed because it was their friends who were the stars, and a huge attendance at our haunted house activity!
Give the rally a theme and all skits and entertainment have something to do with it.
Examples: Welcome Back, Good-bye to the Year, Homecoming/School Pride, Water, Game Show, a Talk Show, Holiday themes – Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas & Valentines, Class/Grade Competitions
Celebrate all of your schools accomplishments, from chess to basketball, from music to academics. CARE FAIR!
When people experience success, figure out ways to recognize them on stage that is fun and complimentary.
Establish a yearlong points system, with monthly, mid year, and end of the year winners. Grades or Classes or homerooms get points for attending rally, dressing up for rally & other days, attending plays, $ raised for charities, going to games, how loud they cheer at rally (especially during relays, judged by staff, have every class get points), how they placed in fun competitions and relays.
Monthly winning class/grade could have 1 to 5 names drawn from that class for prizes.
Always practice the relay ahead of time to ensure safety and fairness. Use staff members as judges for events & relays; for counting participation level at rallies. This minimizes controversy.
Have the class/student council executives, with staff insight, pre pick participants in pep rally relays, ensuring they represent the diversity of the class in interest, size, sex, skill. If you are just going to pick rally racers from audience, have a staff member do it. Play upbeat music during the race, but don’t drown out the crowd support. If the rally features the passing of an item, use funny batons like bananas! Other competitors: Battle of the Sexes; Faculty vs. students. A club and a sports team vs. another club & team combo.
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By Andy Thibodeau from Andy’s Impact Presentations