PARENTING - The Importance of Extra-curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities are voluntary activities that fall outside of the school curriculum.
These activities usually relate to your child’s hobbies or interests and often include sports and performing arts.

By taking part in extra-curricular activities, your child will have the opportunity to develop a number of useful skills for their future, as well as learn how to successfully manage their time.

To help highlight the importance of extra-curricular activities, St Hilda’s School explain some of the key benefits they can offer below…

Extra-curricular activities are great for developing both personal and academic skills. For example, participating in sporting challenges can help to teach your child to focus and train hard. This will give your child an advantage when it comes to studying hard for their exams in order to reach their desired grades. Also, by adding a new activity to their timetable, your child will be taking on more responsibility, which can help to improve their time management skills.

By taking part in new creative activities, such as art or drama, your child will able to develop new skills and learn how to express themselves more effectively.

Another important reason for parent to encourage extra-curricular activities is because they are a great way to boost your child’s self-confidence. This is because they introduce new environments and provide an opportunity for your child to meet new people who share similar interests. These new environments can help your child to develop their communication, problem solving and teamwork skills, which can all contribute greatly to their future careers.

Finally, by participating in extra-curricular activities your child will soon be able to build up an impressive CV. By listing various interest and hobbies on their CV your child is likely to stand out from the competition. Your child will be able to discuss their personal interests in their interviews and showcase their achievements.


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