From football and netball to art and singing to chess and science – moving to a new school will open up some fantastic opportunities for your child to get involved in extracurricular
This is something which you should encourage because it’s a great way to help them settle in and make new friends. By joining a club they will be able to learn new skills which can’t just be taught in the classroom.
Not only will extracurricular activities broaden their learning but they can also help them to find a new talent or passion which may stay with them for life. All schools will offer sessions with meetings taking place before lessons, during lunch breaks and at the end of the school day.
If your child doesn’t have a particular interest already then encourage them to try something new and hopefully they will end up enjoying it and will want to continue. But if not, then they can always try something else. There will be plenty of opportunities for them to get involved.
As well as sports, there could be special-interest clubs, music tuition and modern foreign languages as well as homework clubs.
Popular extracurricular activities to include book groups, creative writing, performing arts such as drama, choir practice and for older children the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
When you attend an open day at a school make sure you find out what is on offer.
Extracurricular activity clubs continue to gain in popularity with school students. This is particularly the case at independent schools, which traditionally offer a wide breadth of societies, teams and clubs for children to take part in.
Often the range of facilities at independent schools – such as
swimming pools, tennis courts and rugby pitches – lends itself well to the number of different clubs and societies they are able to offer their pupils.
Independent schools typically devote a lot of time and resources to such extracurricular activities because they build skills and enthusiasm in students, and help develop personality characteristics such as teamwork, resilience and concentration. Indeed, the range of extracurricular activities that they typically offer is often one of the main reasons why parents choose an independent school for their children.
In general, extracurricular clubs and societies can be a brilliant way for young people to get the most out of their time at school.
They are a great way for students to bond over a common interest and play a big part in turning a school’s student body into a real community.
As well as being about academic learning, a big part of school is helping young people to develop socially and grow in confidence.
Any school with a good range of activities available for its pupils will offer every student a chance to shine at something they enjoy – from sport to music, art and drama – and the value this will add to their education will be priceless.