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Extra Curricular Activities Overview

Extra Curricular Activities

We are proud of our wide-ranging programme of extra curricular activities that provide memorable experiences for our students and which allow them to pursue their interests and further develop a wide range of key transferable skills. We strongly encourage our students to get involved and to recognise the value of these activities as part of their development

Our staff provide a wide variety of clubs. These run both at lunchtime and after school and are very popular with our students with up to 400 students taking advantage of them on an average week. A list of those currently on offer can be found below. Many of these clubs have a long tradition; others are started up in response to demand and run for shorter periods.  We encourage students to suggest ideas for new clubs and to take a role in running them.

In addition we offer educational visits to many places of interest, put on school productions, run a highly regarded activity week during the summer term and place great value on the enrichment activities on offer in curriculum extension time.   We provide an opportunity for year 6 students in our local primaries to make use of our specialist facilities during our Summer School. Please use the links to access more information on each of these area.

  • CLUBS AND SOCIETIES OFFERED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

We offer a variety of clubs and after school activities, some seasonal, and these can be found in our weekly edition of the school newsletter. Please refer to this to keep up to date.

  • THE BENEFITS OF EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

1) LEARNING TIME MANAGEMENT AND PRIORITISING

One great benefit of your child being involved in extra curricular activities is that they will learn about time management and prioritising things in their life. As adults we get very used to juggling a variety of different tasks and commitments. Our children need to learn how to do this as well, and getting involved in these activities can give them some practice at it.

2) GETTING INVOLVED IN DIVERSE ACTIVITIES

Getting involved in extra curricular activities also allows students to get involved in diverse interests. It is important for students to be very diverse in their interests. These activities allow them to explore various interests that they may have.

3) LEARNING ABOUT LONG TERM COMMITMENTS

Students learn about long term commitments when they are involved in extra curricular activities as well, which is another excellent benefit. When they join one of the activities or clubs, they commit themselves to that activity for a period of time. If they don’t hold up to their end of the bargain, no doubt they’ll hear about it from their peers or the member of staff running the activity. Learning to take on commitments is important, and these activities can teach your child this important lesson.

4) MAKING A CONTRIBUTION

Extra curricular activities allow students to make a contribution in some way. It shows that they are getting away from just thinking about themselves and contributing to something else. This is important in their growth as a person.

5) RAISES SELF ESTEEM

Many times, being involved in extra curricular activities helps to raise the self esteem of students. Sometimes children lack in confidence or have low self-esteem or feel that there is nothing they are good at. Teenagers can sometmes struggle with self esteem, and these activities are a way that they can build self esteem. Everyone wants to find something that they are really good at, and extra curricular activities provide them with a way that they can get involved in something and really shine, giving their self esteem a boost.

6) BUILDING SOLID RELATIONSHIP SKILLS

Students will have the benefit of building solid relationship skills as well when they get involved in extra curricular activities. They need to get involved in social activities and learn how to appropriately act in social situations and these activities give them a chance outside of school to do this, while they are still being supervised by adults.

7) LOOKS GREAT ON COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS

Yet another benefit of allowing pupils to get involved in extra curricular activities is that it looks great on college applications. Most colleges and potential employers, not only look at grades, but they take a look at extra curricular activities that students have been involved in while they were in school. They want to see that students are getting out there and doing more than just academic work. The activities that students are involved in reveal a lot about them, and definitely will say something to the college admissions committees.

8) HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? A NOTE TO PARENTS

Of course, while there are definitely many excellent benefits to extra curricular activities for your child as pointed out above, but you need to consider how much is too much. Getting involved in a few different activities can be a great choice, and is definitely beneficial, but too many activities can end up having negative effects. Students involved in too many activities often end up having academic problems, or they may not get the rest and recreation that they need. It’s important that you talk to your child and set some limits to their extra curricular activities. If they want to become involved, perhaps have them pick out a couple of their favorites and make sure they can handle them. For new students, you may even want to limit the activities to one, until you see how they handle the activity and their school work. Then they can work up to balancing more activities if they perform well. Some students may feel like they have to be involved in many activities to be a success, and this is not beneficial to them. It’s important that they don’t try to “do it all,” but that they have a passion and commitment to a few activities, which definitely builds character.

If your children want to get involved in extra curricular activities, let them. There are definitely excellent benefits that they’ll enjoy. While it can sometimes be difficult for parents to accommodate all these activities, keep in mind that you are doing it for their well being and future success. However we recommend that students do not over stretch themselves by taking these activities too far.