The Co-Curricular Programme
There are two N.C.C. troops at St. Paul’s in the Senior Wing and the older boys belong to the International Award For Young People which has a syllabus designed to suit the conditions of an Indian school. These programmes include work on the estate, initiative tests, rock climbing, rifle shooting and map reading, camp craft, first aid, archery, compass work, mountain rescue, animal care, plant study and drill. After the completion of training, boys are awarded bronze, silver or gold medals of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
There are various hobby clubs and socially-useful productive work programmes which develop manual, artistic and technical skills; Societies representing a wide range of intellectual interests also meet regularly. These are all run by the boys under the supervision of Masters. In the Senior Wing, the hobbies that are encouraged are art and craft, Batik, Indian and Western music, model-making, photography, wood and lathe work, cybernetics, Textile design, cooking, philately, etc.
Each of the four Houses in the Senior Wing presents a concert from time to time, and the School’s Dramatic Society stages a play annually in October. Indian and Western music and band, and elocution and drama play a large part in the lives of the boys, assisting in the development of self-confidence.
Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, natural history, World Forum, the English literary Society, debating, Hindi, Bengali, French: this is a sampling of the kind of subjects dealt with by the Societies. Subjects vary from year to year and according to the availability of suitable members of staff who would be in-charge, but the Secretary of each Society and hobby club is invariably one of the boys.
From time to time the school sends up candidates for the Music and Speech Examinations of the Trinity Guildhall School of Music and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London.