The beginning of the new school year is time for parents to decide what extracurricular activities their children will do. This year, do we sign them up for skating? Will they continue with robotics? Or, on the contrary, will we choose to reinforce those subjects in which they need further support?
At first glance, many parents make a reasoning, and choose activities that they feel will improve school performance i.e. opt for activities of a more theoretical nature. Math or English classes, will benefit their school grades, whilst those of a less academic nature are dispensable, aren't they?
This way of thinking is common in our society. In fact, a study carried out in Spain and published by The Conservation, which included more than 10,000 children between the ages of 8 and 16, showed a striking decline in the practice of sports among girls, with a drop of almost 25% between the ages of 11 and 16..
Why opt for extracurricular sports activities?
Discarding sports activities can often be counter-productive. In fact, numerous studies affirm that extracurricular activities improve the educational level, interpersonal relationships and increase the motivation of students. And if to all this we add that discarding sports activities could have longer lasting repercussions on our children, for example a greater tendency to be overweight, the decision does not seem trivial. The latest results reveal that, far from producing academic failure, participation in extracurricular sports activities can contribute to improved academic success.
Physical activities help students to develop coordination and psychomotor skills, whilst fostering values such as respect, self-esteem, companionship and teamwork. Trying out and sampling different sports, without thinking that our children will become elite athletes, can also help to improve their self-esteem, coordination and general physical condition, as well as helping them to learn how to work with other children and adults.
More sport, better academic performance
In Spain, specifically, a study that analyzed the activities of children and adolescents found a positive association between the practice of extracurricular physical activity and academic success. In this sense, students who played sports attained a higher academic level than many of their classmates. An added benefit: students who play sports spend fewer hours of screen time (less sedentary) and feel healthier.
This is why, at St. George's British International School, students can choose from a wide range of sports activities such as skating, tennis, boxing, basketball or soccer.
At St. George´s, we have put together a complete and very enjoyable program of extracurricular activities, designed to enable students to not only improve their skills in sports activities, but also those related to music.
Through our music school, students can learn to play a wide variety of instruments, such as piano, guitar (acoustic and electric), violin, viola or flute, as well as music theory, vocal training and orchestra. Music education is seen as a fundamental part of children's education. Dancing, playing an instrument, singing, playing... music allows many and varied activities that contribute to develop the psychomotor skills of younger children, whilst also improving their concentration and memory. In addition, it helps them to relate to other children, have a better knowledge of their own body and a greater awareness of how to express themselves.
To complete the extracurricular programme at St. George's British International School, we offer activities that are designed to reinforce those skills that we start in the classroom e.g. computer science and robotics, where students learn how to program robots to perform simple tasks. This improves their understanding and technical and scientific knowledge, whilst encouraging them to think creatively, make decisions and problem solve. On the other side of the scale, we offer extracurricular activities that reinforce language skills such as Chinese Mandarin or Art classes.
Finally, we offer the ´Greenpower Project´. Run by the Greenpower Education Trust, this extracurricular activity aims to encourage young people to get involved in subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with the intention of increasing the number of students going into technical professions.
The project provides a framework for different teams to design, develop and assemble electric cars, which they can then race in open races against other groups in the programme. It is a fun, competitive and intellectually challenging activity, where both students and teachers enjoy the thrill of participating in this global challenge.
Of course, as in previous years, if a group of students come to us with a shared interest, such as photography, we will do our best to find a teacher and incorporate the activity into our programme.
If you would like to know more about any of our extracurricular activities, prices and timetables, please do not hesitate to contact us.