Pythagoras Academy After School Programs (2019-2020)

Registration will open at 10:00 am on May 20th, 2019 


  1. Where to register?
    For the 2019-2020 school year, we will be taking registrations online at this page only.
  1. When to register?
    On Monday, May 20th, 2019 at 10:00 am we will open the registration system so that you can submit your registration forms online.  
  1. Where can I find the program list and the schedule?
    Current students will receive a flyer on May 15th with the after-school program schedule, and everyone can also view this page to check the schedule on top.

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  1. How many programs can a student register?
    You can select up to 4 after school classes per registration form. Try to select all classes for one student in one form. If you submit multiple forms for the same child, we will take the first form as the intended submission.
  1. How to register?
    Through our web page, you will be able to register your child for the classes you want them to take. If you have multiple children, you will need to submit each form for them separately. The online system has a live inventory count of the spaces available. If you select the programs and submit the form successfully, the system will hold the spaces for you for 2 business days until your payment is received, otherwise, it will release the space after 2 days.  You will receive a confirmation email with a number. You will need this confirmation number to make the payment. If you cannot select one of the classes that means that the class is full at the moment.
  1. When to make the payment?
    The system will hold your child’s space in the program for 2 business days from when you submit the form. If we have not received payment by 4 pm of the second day the system will automatically release the spot and another parent can potentially register their child instead.
  1. How to make the payment?

    You will need the number in your confirmation email to make the payment.

    1) By cheque: please submit the cheque to the front office with the exact amount due for the after school programs you registered for and provide the confirmation number in the memo area on the cheque. This information is in your after school registration confirmation email.
    2) By SnapPay: please scan the school’s SnapPay QR code below and make the payment. Please make sure you provide your confirmation number in the Description Box. If you want to make multiple payments please provide the same confirmation number every time. You will need your child’s school ID for SnapPay, if you are a current student, please log into Alma to find it, or contact the front office. If you are a new student for the 2019-2020 and you haven’t received your student ID yet, please use 99999 as your temporary student ID to make the payment. 

  1. What if the class is full and not available?

    You can check online every evening after 5 pm to see if the system has released new spots for the class that you want.

  1. When is the deadline for registration?

    1) Mandarin program registration deadline: please note that the deadline to register for the Mandarin program is May 31st to ensure enough materials for Mandarin are prepared in advance for the students.
    2) Other programs: there is no specific deadline for other programs. We will keep collecting the registration until the classes are full.

  1. Refund policy:
    No refunds will be given after the first week of classes


Mandarin (Code : 1001)

The Huizhong International Chinese Graded Materials were developed by Lucy Jiang, a TCFL and Overseas Chinese Senior teacher, by combining her more than 10 years of Mandarin teaching experience as well as teaching material publishing experience. Based on this program, Ms. Jiang also developed the Double-Loop Education Method, which has efficiently helped to reduce pressures felt by both the students and the teachers. The Huizhong Chinese program also shows adaptations to local teaching methods, solving typical problems that overseas students have when learning Chinese, such as unable to read without Pinyin, no pattern when memorizing characters, etc. In addition, the Huizhong Chinese program uses textbooks created by Ms. Jiang, Huizhong International Chinese Frequently Used Characters with IIPR, which is creative, fun and practical. The textbooks are printed in full-color, and also come with exercise books, magnetic cards and other supporting materials.
Date: Mondays/ Wednesdays/ Fridays: 3:45 – 5:15pm
Duration: 90 mins

Goh Ballet (Code : 2001/2002)

Dance should be a part of every child’s upbringing; it is a vital form of human expression. Nurturing
and cultivating this physical and emotional communication is the core mission of the Goh Ballet
Through participation in dance, we are able to unveil and foster hidden talents and inspire creative
thinkers. The holistic experience and training of dance connects the mind and body and draws out
confidence, independence and artistic expression that contribute not only to the fulfillment of a
dance career, but also to valuable life skills.
Goh Ballet aims to provide the optimal level of dance instruction to encourage the development of a
child’s individual best, fostered in an environment of like-minded peers in the pursuit of personal
Budding dancers are introduced to the basic concepts of ballet including beginning steps, terminology,
musicality, focus, and expression. Throughout the year, students gain strength, coordination and self-
confidence from our award-winning and Royal Academy of Dance certified faculty.
Families are required to commit to one class per week from September through June. Upon
completion of the Children’s Division, students will be equipped for entry into the Academy’s
Intermediate Division where they will continue their training and begin preparations for the annual
Royal Academy of Dance graded examinations, intensive training, or other after school programs.
Date: Wednesdays: 3:45 – 4:30pm JK – K
Wednesdays: 4:30 – 5:30pm G1 – G2
Duration: 45 mins & 60 mins
Capacity: 20 students

Public Speaking (Code : 3001/3002)

Overview & Outcomes:
This practice-centered course teaches impromptu speaking techniques to prepare students for a variety
of interpersonal, group, and public presentations. Topics will include principles of public speaking,
anxiety management, audience perception, verbal and nonverbal messages, and techniques for
informative and persuasive speaking. By the end of the course, all students should:
1. Understand the importance of different modes of communication in a variety of personal and
professional environments.
2. Effectively develop strategies for overcoming speech anxiety and delivering confident speeches.
3. Be able to quickly prepare and deliver a variety of impromptu speeches.
Course Format:
This course focuses on group activities and impromptu speaking exercises, supplemented with group
discussion and minimal lectures as required. The final day of class should feature a mini-tournament
where students demonstrate and are awarded for what they learned during the camp.
Date: Thursdays: 3:40 – 4:40pm K – G1
Thursdays: 4:45 – 5:45pm G2 – G3
Duration: 60 mins
Capacity: 8 students per class

Debate (Code : 3003)

What is Debate
Debate is a formal contest of argumentation between two teams or individuals. More broadly, and more
importantly, debate is an essential tool for developing and maintaining democracy and open societies. More
than a mere verbal or performance skill, debate embodies the ideals of reasoned argument, tolerance for
divergent points of view and rigorous self-examination. Debate is, above all, a way for those who hold
opposing views to discuss controversial issues without descending to insult, emotional appeals or personal bias.
A key trademark of debate is that it rarely ends in agreement, but rather allows for a robust analysis of the
question at hand. Perhaps this is what French philosopher Joseph Joubert meant when he said: “It is better to
debate a question without settling
Why Debate
Critical Thinking
Numerous studies show that debaters have much better critical thinking skills as they learn how to create logical,
sound arguments related to some of the most complex current issues.
Communication Skills
Communication skills are a critical component of personal development for future success. The ability to
communicate and convey ideas is truly a necessity; one can have a great idea, but if he/she cannot communicate
it to others, then he/she cannot add much value.
Strong leaders need to have the ability to analyze situations and have critical thinking skills. Strong leaders also
need to have excellent communication skills as they need to be able to lead, engage, and work with other people.
Overview & Outcomes:
This practice-centered course teaches introductory argumentation and prepares students for competition
in public forum and a variety of debate formats. Topics include principles of debate, argument and case
construction, rebuttal, summary, and closing speeches, and the necessary frameworks to succeed at
novice level debate. By the end of the course, all students should:
1. Understand the structure of competitive debate, including speech times and responsibilities,
argumentation, cross-examination, and effective note taking.
2. Be able to quickly prepare arguments and deliver speeches on a variety of impromptu debate topics.
3. Be ready for their first competitive debate tournament.
Date: Tuesdays: 3:40 – 5:10pm
Duration: 90 mins
Capacity: 8 students per class

LEGO® Early Simple Machines (Kindergarten) (Code : 4001)

Learn about simple mechanical principles while having fun building LEGO® bricks.
• First step into science and technology
• Design and make own creations; unleash creativity
• Develop fine motor and problem-solving skills
Date: Mondays 3:40pm-4:25pm
• Duration: 45 mins
• Capacity: 8 students, with 2 instructors

LEGO® WeDo 2.0 (Grade 1-3) (Code : 4002 / 4003)

Make use of motorized LEGO® models and learn about fundamental programming.
• Build own robot; control to complete certain movements
• Explore graphical programming; establish basic algorithm logic
• Cultivate the abilities of problem-solving and critical-thinking
Date: Tuesday 3:40pm-4:40pm (4002) / Thursday 
3:40pm-4:40pm (4003)
• Duration: 60 mins
• Capacity: 12 students, with 2 instructors

LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 (Code : 4004)

Design and build programmable LEGO® robots using motors, sensors, gears, wheels, axles, and other
technical components.
• Create own robot, test and improve its performance
• Comprehend programming logic & mechanical principles, and integrate with robot design
• Enhance critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills
Date: Thursday 3:40pm-5:10pm
Duration: 90 mins
Capacity: 12 students, with 2 instructors

Basketball (Code : 5001/5002)

VABL UP runs in-house skills and fundamentals basketball programs in one term blocks during the
school year. The program takes place once a week -school, ending no later than 5:30 pm (in most
cases). Programs are very structured and designed for children from Grades k-3 and Grade3 & up. A
minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 students are allowed in each program.
This is an instructional program that provides basic and entry level basketball skills training in fun,
interest-oriented environment. We understand the importance of mental and physical conditioning and
believe that becoming a good athlete should be a character-building experience, not just in basketball,
but in any sport. Our desire is for players to excel as athletes as well as individuals. We promote life-
skills development through the sport of basketball, introduce discipline starts by teaching the
fundamental principles of personal conduct, self-assertion, respects and fair play.
Time: 3:40pm – 4:55pm
Grade: K-G3
Number of students: 10-20
Coach: 1 head coach (Under 10 students)
1 head coach + 1 Assistance Coach (over 10 students)
Once/week, 75 mins/ class
• 15 mins—Warm up + Icebreaking games
• 20-30 mins—Fundamental skills introduction and drills
• 15-20 mins—Scrimmage
• 5-10 mins—Summary and reflect
Time: Thursday, 3:40pm – 5:10pm
Grade: G4-G7
Number of students: 10-30
Coach: 1 head coach (Under 12 students)
1 head coach + 1 Assistance Coach (over 12 students)
Once/week, 75 mins/ class
• 10 mins— Dynamic warm up, stretching
• 10 mins – Individual & group offensive and defensive drills and review from previous class
• 20 mins—Fundamental skills introduction and drills
• 15-20 mins— Scrimmage and full court drills
• 5-10 mins—Summary and reflect