Extracurricular School Activities and the Benefits
by Joy Burgess
The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities
If you aren’t sure whether or not you should let your child get involved in extracurricular activities, you definitely need to consider all the benefits that come along with these activities. Here is a look at just a few benefits your teen will enjoy if you allow them to get involved with these activities.
Benefit #1 – Learning Time Management and Prioritizing
One great benefit of your child being involved in extracurricular activities is that they will learn about time management and prioritizing 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.
Benefit #2 – Getting Involved in Diverse Interests – Getting involved in extracurricular activities also allows students to get involved in diverse interests. It is important for your child to be very diverse in their interests. These activities allow them to explore various interests that they may have.
Benefit #3 – Learning About Long Term Commitments
Children learn about long term commitments when they are involved in extracurricular 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 deal, no doubt they’ll hear about it from their peers and perhaps even teachers. Learning to take on commitments is important, and these activities can teach your child this important lesson.
Benefit #4 – Making a Contribution
Extracurricular activities allow your child 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.
Benefit #5 – Raises Self Esteem
Many times, being involved in extracurricular activities helps to raise the self-esteem of children. Some children 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 extracurricular activities provide them with a way that they can get involved in something and really shine, giving their self-esteem a boost.
Benefit #6 – Building Solid Relationship Skills
Your child will have the benefit of building solid relationship skills as well when they get involved in extracurricular activities. Children need to get involved in social activities and learn how to act appropriately in social situations and these activities give them a chance outside of school to do this, while they are still being supervised by adults.
Benefit #7 – Looks Great on College Applications
Yet another benefit of allowing your child to get involved in extracurricular activities is that it looks great on college applications. Most colleges not only look at grades, but they take a look at extracurricular activities that students are involved in while they are in school. They want to see that students are getting out there and doing more than just book work. The activities that children are involved in reveal a lot about them, and definitely will say something to the college admissions committees.
What would you like to do in your free time?
- Develop your confidence and individual character!
- Experience new things!
- Make new friends!
- Have lots of fun!
TEA offer a range of ECA that run in the mornings and after school Sunday – Thursday. We had a great first term full of a variety of clubs. (See some listed below.)
Key Stage One
Playground games, Arts and crafts, Ball games, Origami, First aid
Key Stage Two
Creative Kids Clubs, Brain Gym, Drama, Badminton, Cooking Club (KS2)
Badminton, Code club, Dancersize, Boxing, Study classes
New clubs will be starting in week 18 (January). We hope that you are as excited as us to get started.
Sign up will start in January and will be electronic(VLE).
To sign up for an ECA please click on ‘your ECA Application Form’ and complete the questions, picking which club you would like to attend. The ECA page may only work when opened in Google Chrome.