What it Means

Co-curricular refers to activities, programs, and learning experiences that complement, in some way, what students are learning in school—i.e., experiences that are connected to or mirror the academic curriculum. Co-curricular activities facilitate in the development of various domains of mind and personality such as intellectual development, emotional development, social development, moral development and aesthetic development. Creativity, Enthusiasm, and Energetic, Positive thinking are some of the facets of personality development and the outcomes of co-curricular activities.

Time

Held On Wednesdays and Fridays, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Meaning

Co-curricular activities (CCAs) earlier known as Extracurricular Activities (ECA) are the components of non-academic curriculum helps to develop various facets of the personality development of the child and students. For all-round development of the child, there is a need of emotional, physical, spiritual and moral development that is complemented and supplemented by Co-curricular Activities.

Co-curricular Activities are the activities that enable to supplement and complement the curricular or main syllabi activities. These are the very important part and parcel of educational institutions to develop the students’ personality as well as to strengthen the classroom learning.

These activities are organized after the school hours, so known as extra-curricular activities. Co-curricular Activities have wide horizon to cater to the cultural, social, aesthetic development of the child.

Examples And Types Of Co-Curricular Activities

Sports

Musical activities

 Debate

Art

Music

 Musical activities

 Drama

 Debate and discussion

 Art Craft

 Folk songs

 Folk Dance

 Organization exhibitions

Role Of Co-Curricular Activities In Student’s Life

Co-curricular activities are the true and practical experiences received by pupils. To a greater extent, the theoretical knowledge gets strengthened when a relevant co-curricular activity is organized related to the content taught in the classroom. Intellectual aspects of personality are solely accomplished by Classroom, while aesthetic development, character building, spiritual growth, physical growth, moral values, creativity, etc. are supported by co-curricular activities. Frankness and clarity in language and personality is supported by these activities. It helps to develop co-ordination, adjustment, speech fluency, extempore expressions, etc. among student both at the school as well as college levels.

Importance And Benefits Of Co-Curricular Activities

  •  Co-curricular activities stimulate playing, acting, singing, recitation, speaking and narrating in students.
  •  Activities like participation in game debates, music, drama, etc., help in achieving overall functioning of education.
  •  It enables the pupils to express themselves freely through debates.
  •  Games and Sports help to be fit and energetic to the child.
  •  Helps to develop the spirit of healthy competition.
  •  These activities guide students how to organize and present an activity, how to develop skills, how to co-operate and co-ordinate in different situations-all these helps in leadership qualities.
  •  It provides the avenues of socialization, self-identification and self-assessment when the child come in contact with organizers, fellow participants, teachers, and people outside the school during cultural activity.
  •  Inculcate the values to respects other’s view and feeling.
  •  It makes you perfect in decision making.
  •  It develops a sense of belongingness.
  •  It provides motivation for learning.
  •  CCA develop the values like physical, psychological, Ethical, academic, civic, social, aesthetic, cultural recreational and disciplinary values

Role Of The Instructor In Organising Co-Curricular Activities

  •  The instructor does good planning so that the different activities could be carried out systematically throughout the year.
  •  It is his duty to give more and more opportunity to the child while performing co-curricular activities.
  •  The instructor acts as Innovator by introducing some innovative programmes.
  •  He is a good organiser so that the pupils experience maximum of it.
  •  He acts as a director, recorder, evaluator, manager, decision maker, advisor, motivator, communicator, coordinator, so that the pupil could gain maximum of finer aspects of Co-curricular activities.

Role Of The Instructor In Organising Co-Curricular Activities

  •  The instructor does good planning so that the different activities could be carried out systematically throughout the year.
  •  It is his duty to give more and more opportunity to the child while performing co-curricular activities.
  •  The instructor acts as Innovator by introducing some innovative programmes.
  •  He is a good organiser so that the pupils experience maximum of it.
  •  He acts as a director, recorder, evaluator, manager, decision maker, advisor, motivator, communicator, coordinator, so that the pupil could gain maximum of finer aspects of Co-curricular activities.

List Of Indoor Co-Curricular Activities

  •  Music and dance
  •  Drawing and painting
  •  Decoration
  •  Weaving
  •  Clay modeling
  •  Card board work
  •  Art and craft

List Of Outdoor Co-Curricular Activities

  •  Trips to places of geographical, historical, economic or cultural interest
  •  Morning Assembly
  •  Excursions
  •  Cadet

VARIOUS CLUBS

Drama And Dancing Club

This club aims at bringing up pupils to be bold, very creative, dramatize events, learn to write exciting plays and create their own dance moves. Pupils can go out, or host an indoor play were parents will come and watch their performance.

Music Club

This club is looks at bringing up talented children on musical instruments. Currently, pupils are being taught to play the Djembe drum and the acoustic guitar.

Ananse Club

This club works at taking children back to our old time stories which had better moral lessons. Children can dramatize stories one graceful day, just to remind us of our culture that is almost fading out from the system.

Cadet Club

This club trains pupils particularly to be disciplined. It also whets their desire to eventually join the Armed Forces.

Reader And Debate Club

This club focuses on working on pupils to become good readers, have good command over the English language, learn to play around with words, talk and debate about diverse topics, especially as part of a formal exchange of opinion.

It teaches them to think and ponder over issues carefully, learn to engage in constructive debates and research for useful information.

French Club

Learning French connects your child to the whole world. He or she will experience unique opportunities and adventures, meet new friends and appreciate new cultures. And discover the books, music and films produced in this major world language. Parents want the best for their children. Learning French can provide the child with unique lifelong opportunities.

There’s a high demand for bilingual staff in every sector of the economy – from retail to technology, from public service to tourism, from teaching to research. Whether their career path leads to science, the arts, business or education, learning French will open more doors to a more secure future.

Creative Arts Club

This club is looking at bringing up children to have the best quality in being creative and possess an imaginative ability. Children will have the ability to use the imagination to develop new and original ideas or things, especially in an artistic context. The child with the best art work will be awarded.

Salsa Club

  •  Dance is a GREAT form of exercise and not at all boring.
  •  Forever young – Dancing is fantastic at keeping one young. Not only does it benefit our hearts and cardiovascular system, it also increases lung capacity. It’s physically demanding, but also great fun and keeps us smiling and happy. It retards the ageing process by keeping us mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.
  •  Strong healthy bones and well lubricated joints – Dancing strengthens not just our muscles, but our bones too. It also keeps our joints lubricated.
  •  Flexibility, agility and co-ordination – Most people become less flexible, less agile and less coordinated as they grow older. Not only can dance drastically slow this process down, it can actually reverse it. Repeatedly performing certain dance movements has the effect of making the child more flexible and agile and makes him become a lot more coordinated and all the time having tons of fun and making new friends.
  •  More confidence and self-esteem.

Ballet Club


1. Ballet promotes good health

Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle, and ballet is a fabulous form of exercise that is unparalleled in terms of its thoroughness. Children walk less today and in many cases do not have daily gym class. Television, video games, and the internet have replaced physical activities during playtime.

Ballet also promotes emotional wellness. By children expressing themselves physically through movement to beautiful music, ballet them a creative and joyous outlet for their emotions. The artistic aspect of ballet can create a supreme sense of joy and spirit in children.


2. Ballet builds confidence

With proper instruction, ballet can create enormous self-confidence. The mastery of the body alone gives a basic confidence in one’s physical self. Performing skills are fundamental components of ballet class. The ability to move and express oneself in front of an audience develops great self-confidence. Because ballet is challenging, self-esteem increases as students master difficult steps. This pattern of achievement can help children in other areas of life as they strive to achieve goals and apply themselves to life’s challenges.


3. Ballet teaches discipline

Ballet requires extreme precision. This in turn requires the child to learn the value of patience, persistence, and perseverance. The complexity of ballet technique teaches organizational skills and lends itself to creating order in life. Most of all, ballet training develops tremendous concentration skills. To succeed in ballet, children must train themselves to focus, shutting out distractions.


4. Ballet exercises the brain as well as the body

Ballet requires thinking with both sides of the brain. It develops strong creative thinking skills, mental multitasking skills, and imagination. Quick memorization of sequences is essential.


5. Ballet is FUN!

Dancing is a joyful, exhilarating experience. To take space, to fly through the air, to make your body move in incredible ways is an experience that can rarely be matched.

Benefits Of Co-Curricular Activities


 

Reasons For Co-curricular Activities

Extra- curricular activities form a very vital part of our curriculum in the school. The school emphasizes that academic knowledge must have practical relevance, and so ensures that every child is exposed to adequate practical work to support classroom work.

1. Raises Self-Esteem

Many children feel worthless or think there is nothing they are good at. They lack self-esteem. But these activities are a way to help them build self-esteem. Each child is good at doing something best, and this co-curricular curricular activity helps the child to shine in her little corner, which boosts their self-esteem.


2. Making A Contribution

Co-curricular activities help children in one way or the other, to order their thoughts in contributing in discussions. This shows that they are getting away from just thinking of themselves and contributing to something else. It is a guide and very important in their growth as a person.


3. Building Social Relationship Skills

They learn to associate with each other, because of the rules and regulations that guide their thoughts into building a better and a healthy relationship. When it comes to social activities and gathering, they fit in perfectly. They learn to appropriate act in social situation.


4. Long-term Commitment

They learn to commit themselves to a particular activity for a period of time. Learning to take on commitment is important and these activities can teach your child this important lesson.


5. Getting Involved In Diverse Interest

It helps children to be very diverse in their interest and explore various interests that they may have.


For the Participants, co-curricular activities also have the following benefits:

  •  Enjoy a sense of belonging.
  •  Feel they are a part of a group or attached to something special.
  •  Develop meaningful relationships through team work.
  •  Learn important skills, which help them in other aspects of their lives.
  •  Learn good Leadership skills.
  •  Are influenced both by the culture of an activity and the experience they have as a part of that activity.