The Co-curricular Programme is a unique aspect of life at Pao School where students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of different activities designed to cater to their diverse range of interests and skills.
The Co-curricular Programme is a compulsory part of the day for all students and is divided into four sections: Chinese cultural activities, sports, performing & visual arts and enrichment activities.
Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the wonderful opportunities available to them and full participation is expected. As a middle school, we encourage students to explore new interests and develop diverse talents during their three years here, before they specialise in specific areas in Senior Secondary.
The school year is divided into four seasons. Each season students may switch activities and explore new passions. Students have specific requirements when making choices, such as at least one sport per season. Within each section students can select from a wide variety of options based on their interests.
One of the missions of Pao School is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for Chinese. The Co-Curricular Programme provides opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the rich and diverse elements of Chinese culture. A variety of different Chinese cultural activities are available for students to choose from, including Chinese medicine, Chinese dance, Chinese poetry, Chinese music ensemble and Shanghainese.
At Pao School we recognise sport as an essential part of whole person education and value its importance in each student’s physical, mental and social well-being. We aim to have every student participate as much as possible while giving their best efforts to reach their potential as an athlete as well as an individual. Above all, we value effort and commitment as key qualities we expect from each participant. We hope to foster students’ passion for sport and offer a range of activities, such as swimming, football, basketball, volleyball, badminton and more. Students have opportunities to hone their skills in a wide range of sports via the Co-Curricular Sports Programme.
Because of our favourable location, we take advantage of off-campus facilities, such as the Cypress Hotel and Xijiao Sports Center, where our students play tennis, volleyball, basketball and much more.
Students also have the opportunity to travel to other schools and develop their athletic skills through competition. Pao School is one of the founding members of the Shanghai Schools Sports Association (SSSA), a league consisting of approximately 20 international and bilingual schools that compete throughout the year in a wide range of sports.
Performing arts encompasses activities such as drama, music and dance. We emphasise the importance of time dedicated to developing the skills necessary for these activities and give students opportunities to demonstrate their learning outcomes. There are a number of different musical groups that students can join, including orchestra, chamber music, and musical theatre. For students who are interested in drama or dance, there are also different options available in these areas. Groups frequently perform in assemblies throughout the school year, allowing students to showcase their talents to both their peers and their parents.
These are a more varied selection of activities designed to increase, complement, and expand student learning. There are some academic based, teacher-led activities such as Science, Technology, Photography, and Yearbook. Older students will also have the opportunity to set up and run their own clubs in areas that are of particular interest to them. Students can join together as a club to exchange ideas and opinions, expand their knowledge and develop their talents as a team. Student-led clubs offer opportunities for students to take initiative and develop their leadership skills. Some examples of student led clubs in the past include dough figurines, Pao Productions, student newspaper, environmental club, and Rubik’s cube.