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2018-07-30 11:56:41

Extra-curricular activities: rich potential for comprehensive development of the child

Extra-curricular activities: rich potential for comprehensive development of the child

When choosing British school for your child, pay attention to in the Supporting schools - boarding schools, whose popularity is growing rapidly. These are private boarding schools, where children are offered not only high-quality educational programs, but also a wide range of extra-curricular activities. They are an important part of school life and pass after classes on weekdays and weekends.

What activities can I choose

All that the student will like, there are many opportunities. Here is just a small enumeration:

  • dances;
  • interest groups;
  • charity;
  • volunteering;
  • music lessons;
  • language courses;
  • sports activities.

Sport is an integral part of life in a boarding school

Many such schools have their own sports complexes and swimming pools. Weekly compulsory sports are part of a common British education. Students can practice in various sports sections and prove themselves in a favorite sport. Schools constantly organize internal competitions or championships between different educational institutions.

The sports offered by the British boarding schools can be classic: hockey, football, rugby, cricket. Recently, new trends have emerged in this area - non-traditional sports. It's surfing, rowing, table tennis and big tennis, canoeing, diving, horseback riding, trampoline jumping. Many schools provide opportunities for practicing yoga. For individual sports, you can get a certificate right at the school.

Culture and art: great opportunities

The life of the British boarding school can not be imagined without art and culture. For those who have shown artistic talents, there are theater circles and dramatic societies. Musicians and singers can play in an orchestra or a rock band, participate in a choir. The schools constantly put on performances and shows. And take in them all, regardless of the availability of abilities.

Those who love art can attend design, drawing, poetry society. There are other attractive opportunities: historical and archaeological circles, philological and linguistic groups, experimental laboratories for future scientists.

All schools regularly take their pets out for interesting excursions around the country, organize thematic lectures and special seminars. In each school you can learn how to sew or cook, learn rare languages. All this is very important for obtaining practical worldly skills, spiritual and intellectual development and future successful career.

Special programs

Volunteering and charity are a sphere not very familiar to schoolchildren, and in Britain they are given the opportunity to learn this area closer. The DofE program is very popular in the country - The Duke of Edinburgh Prizeabout. It includes volunteer work, trips around the country, physical work and the acquisition of practical experience. For success in this program, students can be awarded a Gold, Silver and Bronze Prize.

The Ministry of Defense organized another interesting program - the Combined Cadet Force (CCF). Its goal is to develop strength of will, endurance, discipline and self-confidence among boys and girls.

Participating in volunteer programs, children communicate with local people, help them, organize charity events, fundraising for specific purposes. All this helps not only to improve your English language, but also to develop your physical and spiritual qualities.

The significance of extracurricular activities

Such a rich choice of opportunities for the comprehensive development of children after school is an invaluable practical experience that prepares the child for adulthood, education and career building.

It is well known that many educational institutions in Britain carefully study extracurricular activities of applicants and take into account not only the results of examinations, but also the sphere of interests of the future student. In particular, the DofE Prize is a huge plus for a CV when enrolling in aUniversity and when hiring.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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