Success at school does not mean giving up on everything else to study. Good results are important but so are personal qualities and a wide range of interests. Schools’ co-curricular programs develop social interaction, leadership, self-discipline and confidence. They instil values, and cultivate the mind and spirit through sport or the arts. Activities are varied and include debating, cooking, community service or environmental projects.
It’s an opportunity for students to venture where they haven’t been before; to have a go and experience something new or just take their passion to new heights. But it is important that students do not take on too much and are unable to commit the necessary time andenergy.
Parental support is essential to assist students to get balance in their lives. Mum and Dad can help their children to work out how much time will be needed and whether it will cut into formal school work. It’s an opportunity to learn and practice planning and time management. And of course every boy and girl has to eat, sleep, relax and have fun.
All students have the same number of hours per day. What distinguishes one from another is how they use the twenty four hours to benefit themselves and others, both now and in the future.
Why are co-curricular activities important? Potential employers are not just looking for a well-qualified young person; they want somebody who has wide interests, an inquiring mind and can be a team player or have potential for leadership. These and other qualities can be developed by taking advantage of the many opportunities schools offer outside the classroom.