We offer an extensive range of after school activities, open to children from Year 1 (age 5) upwards, and which are designed to allow students to explore interests and develop skills outside the classroom. We understand that these opportunities can bring true balance to a student’s life, serving to enhance their wellbeing and in doing so, benefitting their academic performance.
Shrewsbury’s co-curricular programme is divided into three main streams: "You-Time!", Additional Activities and Excellence Activities. All students in Year 3 and above are required to participate in at least one weekly "You-Time!" Additional, or Excellence Programme activity programme at any one time, but many students are involved in two or more activities per week, plus their associated weekend fixtures or events.
A selection of after school activities is available for children in Year 1 and 2. However, participation in after school activities is optional, but we encourage parents to choose no more than 1 weekly activity per activity block to ensure that their child also has enough rest during their busy week.
1. “You-Time!” Activities:
These activities are for students from Year 1 to Year 13. Different activities are offered for different year groups. Activities are offered in “Mind Matters”, “Finding a Voice” and “Lifestyle and Leadership” categories. Access to different types of activities throughout the year allows students to explore different interests and make new friends outside of class.
- Mind Matters: These activities develop an approach in which the Creative Arts are appreciated, an international perspective encouraged, problem-solving skills fostered and critical thinking nurtured.
- Lifestyle and Leadership: These activities develop an understanding of the relationship between a healthy body and a healthy mind, and appreciation of both independence and teamwork, the value of community service and leadership.
- Finding a Voice: These activities to develop language skills, foster self-confidence and assurance in articulating points of view and arguments, and nurture listening and speaking skills.
2. Additional Activities:
These activities are for students from Year 1 to 13 and are provided by external agencies and providers. These are paid activities and parents will be charged and invoiced for their child's participation in additional activities during the term.
3. Excellence Programme Activities:
Our Excellence Programmes aim to support students who are gifted and talented in a range of areas, including Music, Drama and Sport, to help them to pursue their dreams and to reach their full potential. Excellence activities usually involve trial, audition or invitation to attend (see notes below).
The Activity Blocks
There are four consecutive activity blocks that run throughout the academic year, and which reflect the sporting seasons of Bangkok’s International Schools Athletics Conference (BISAC) in which our sporting sides compete.
Each block lasts around 8-10 weeks. Students can choose new activities for each activity block, giving them an opportunity to try new activities on a regular basis. Many activities, such as the school orchestra, choirs or golf team, continue all year round.
Activities selections are made at specified points during the academic year via the school's online system, Pro-activities. Families can log in to the system at any time to time to check which activities they are registered to take part in on different afternoons.
Excellence Programmes - additional notes:
Our Excellence Programmes aim to support students who are gifted and talented in a range of areas, including Music, Drama and Sport, to help them to pursue their dreams and to reach their full potential. The pages that follow detail the opportunities available through the respective programes.
Entry into an Excellence Programme is normally by invitation or audition. Sports excellence activities are subject to trial. Students selected for an Excellence Programme are coached and directed by our specialist staff in their chosen activities and their talents nurtured and developed.
For many pupils, Excellence activities provide a more focused progression from interests that were first nurtured in the “You-Time!” programme.
Excellence programmes are offered to different year groups as follows:
- Year 1 to 6: Sport and Music
- Years 7 to 13: Sports, Music, Drama, English, Maths
- Years 10 to 13: Sports, Music, Drama, English, Maths and International Award
Students must carry out a trial or audition in most instances. Commitment to the corresponding training or rehearsal schedule for more than one term is normally required.
During each academic year, Excellence programme participants are invited to the prestigious Excellence Awards Dinner which celebrates their successes in the different excellence arenas at Shrewsbury. The awards dinner is a way of celebrating and acknowledging our students dedication, hard work and commitment to the excellence programmes.