Dear YK Pao School Community,
It does not seem very cold in Shanghai this year as snow appeared in January and February in the past years. Compared to before, the temperature now is relatively high. However, we still need to take good care of ourselves when the weather changes.
Organised and coordinated by the Music Department, we invited several performing artists to perform Suzhou pingtan for our students during the morning assembly this past Monday. As part of Chinese Culture, this opportunity also enables our students experience a new local opera, which combines storytelling and ballad singing in the Suzhou dialect. There are substantial numbers of teachers and students interested in this folk art form and the Chinese traditional musical instruments.
During this busy end-of-semester review week, students have been taking summative assessments for some subjects, and it’s really pleasant to see them trying their best to improve themselves in academic areas and show their learning abilities to the utmost extent. Well done! Starting from this semester, we are presenting a new format for the school report. With the development and further applying of our internal management system, we would like to provide a better service for YK Pao parents. Expect from the report for parents and students will also be able to log in Power School to check the formative assessments results and grades.
The last two weeks of the semester will be very productive. A reading programme organised by the Chinese Team will last for two weeks, and we are looking forward to seeing parents coming for the Y1 and Y2 Maths activities. In addition, the PCL/PEL students may be involved in baking next week. We hope that our parents can support their child’s learning until the very end of this semester, as it’s important to cultivate a sense of responsibility of carrying on through firmly to the end on what they’ve started; which is their learning in school over the semester.
We will welcome around 300 prospective parents to join the second parents information session held on this Saturday. It is the effort coming from every single member of the community that makes YK Pao School more and more popular.
Have a nice weekend!
Many students are using Kindles or other E-readers to enjoy some of their reading content. Although we have a policy that students do not bring electronic devices to school, we also understand that these popular devices may in fact hold their daily home reading. Therefore, we have decided to relax the policy and allow Kindles and e-readers at school; however, parents and students must understand that they are still the sole responsibility of the student. The school cannot take responsibility for lost or damaged Kindles and E-readers. Should your child wish to bring one to school, they may ask their class teacher, for advice on where to store it safely.
Monkey Bar Area
After a few weeks’ waiting, the Monkey Bar area has reopened on January 20th. The process to make this area safer for students to play in included digging out the ground around this area and filling it in with recycled rubber chips. The ground is now very soft and spongy which will absorb the fall should anyone have an accident. We will use this area for Year 2 and Year 3 as before. Though the safety of monkey bar area has been improved, we would like students play properly without dangerous actions. It will be very helpful that parents also remind the child of it at home.
Message from the Library
Chinese New Year holiday is approaching!
The research is clear that children who don’t read during holidays can lose up to THREE months of reading progress! That’s why we encourage you and your little ones to keep the habit of reading during the long Chinese New Year holiday.
Starting from February 2, every student is welcome to borrow up to 5 books. However, to ensure the whole of our Library collections, we’d like to ask all Library items to be returned BEFORE January 30. Please keep in mind that all Library items should be returned immediately to the Library on the first day when school starts on March 2. Any items that are not returned by then will be seen as overdue loans.
Just in case you missed our previous newsletters, there are a lot of varieties available in our Library, including audio books, magazines, and online e-resources, to enrich your child’s reading experience. For more information, please visit our Library website: http://libguides.ykpaoschool.cn/primary_library
Lastly, the Library team wishes you and your family a very Happy Chinese New Year!!
Message from the Music Department
Music Schedule for the End of this Semester
- ALL AFTER SCHOOL EP and Music activities finish this Friday.
- Saturday programme finishes this Saturday EXCEPT for the TIBETAN ASSEMBLY REHEARSALS – There is still a rehearsal for this in the auditorium on Saturday 31st January and this will be with the Tibetan school children.
- ALL BEFORE SCHOOL AND LUNCHTIME MUSIC ACTIVITIES will continue through next week, finishing on Friday 30th January with the exceptions of English Choir and cello group.
English Choir Auditions
Those who are not currently in English Choir, we will be holding auditions on Monday lunchtime. Anyone interested should go to the Auditorium on Monday lunchtime at 12:30.
Chinese ensemble is looking for two cellists to join them next semester. The rehearsals take place at 10:00-11:00 on Saturday mornings. Anyone interested should contact Ms. Leef (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
Woodwind and Brass Players
Mr. Dominic is looking for any woodwind or brass players to join Wind Band. Anyone interested should see him as soon as possible.
This coming Monday’s assembly is our monthly performance assembly.
SUMMER OPPORTUNITY FOR SINGERS NOT TO BE MISSED!
A reminder that we have the renowned Ralph Allwood, previously Director of Music at Eton College, England and founder of the celebrated Eton Choral Courses coming to YK Pao School in the summer with some of his expert singing trainers to run a singing course for any keen singers aged 8 – 15.
For further details, please go to the YK Pao website and look under the Summer Camp section – you need to click on the left where it actually says “Junior Choral Course” to find the downloadable brochure which is at:
We are looking for 60 – 80 young singers. This course is not just for students at YK Pao School. We are advertising this throughout Shanghai and it is open to anyone in this age range who is enthusiastic and would like to attend.
Message from PE Department
Upcoming Sports Events:
Sat 24th – U11 Basketball at SHSID (postponed until Semester 2)
Sat 31st – U11 Volleyball at YKPS Primary
Sat 7th – U11 Football at SCL
Sat 14th – U11 Girls Football at WISS
Thu 19th – 22nd – U11, U13, U15 Football Tour to Singapore
Sat 21st – U11 Basketball at YKPS Primary
Sat 28th – Track and Field at Soong Ching Ling and Tennis at SHS (ID)
Sat 11th – U11 Football at Soong Ching Ling
Sat 18th – U11 Volleyball at YKPS Secondary
Sat 9th – U11 Football at WISS and Cross Country Running at YKPS Secondary
Sat 16th – Swimming at Wellington College and U11 Badminton at SHSID
Sat 23rd – Track and Field at YKPS Secondary and Table Tennis at SHSID
Sat 30th – U11 Girls football at SUIS Hongqiao
Sat 6th – Fencing at YKPS Primary
中国民乐团需要招募两位大提琴手在下学期加入中国民乐团。中国民乐团的排练时间为每周六上午10：00—11：00。有兴趣参加的同学请尽快联系音乐组刘老师 firstname.lastname@example.org 。