Character Education

Junior Secondary Y6-Y8 Character Education


Programme Overview:

Guided by the Pao School mission, the Junior Secondary Character Education Programme is designed to promote skills and attitudes that contribute to students’ learning and social success. The programme provides a safe learning environment in which to develop understanding of Pao School’s character traits and core values:

  • Core Values: Compassion, Integrity, Balance
  • Character Traits: Respect, Reflection, Responsibility, Resilience and Self-Management

The programme nurtures students to become well-rounded young people who will contribute their talents and wisdom to benefit their own local communities, and society as a whole.


Programme Content:


  • Units and topics from the “Second-Step middle school programme” (Student success through prevention):
  1. Empathy and communication
  2. Preventing bullying
  3. Emotion management
  4. Problem-solving


  • Research Project- Pao School values: Teachers and students use daily examples to discuss their understanding of school values, they learn the values through their daily routines and reflect on their behaviours via presentations and posters
  1. Compassion: Assisting support staff; three acts of kindness
  2. Responsibility: Dorm tidiness; plant care
  3. Reflection: Daily reflection; lessons learned from life experience
  4. Respect: Politeness in school; respecting the environment
  5. Self-management: Locker use; time management
  6. Balance: Managing school work and stress; iPad use
  7. Integrity: Academic code; honesty
  8. Resilience: Learning difficulties; boarding life


Teaching and Learning in the programme:
  • Dedicated academic class time: 50-60 minutes per week
  • Two to three teachers co-plan each unit or project
  • Guest speakers to speak or lead workshops for the entire year group(s)


Assessments in the programme:
  • Teachers’ nominations of good behaviour/character
  • Students’ self-evaluations of their character development
  • Posters/presentations to share learning from students’ projects