After School Activities & Enrichment
The British School of St. Petersburg views after-school activities and enrichment as an integral part of the education of our students. To that end, BSSP offers a wide range of clubs that aim to introduce your child to potential hobbies, develop particular sports, provide language learning or coding, for example. This will aid and inspire interests in areas that perhaps they would not be exposed to through the regular curriculum.
Enrichment is compulsory for every child at the school. Parents are asked to choose only one club per term, usually representing a balance between active/sport and more intellectually stimulating programmes. Every student is required to stick to any given club for at least a term, reinforcing the idea that any commitment to learning must be honoured.
HOW DO CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES?
When children participate in sports and outdoor activities, they get right exercise and learn life-long habits of keeping mentally and physically fit. Combined with other life skills like learning how to eat right, will ensure that children know the basics of living a healthy lifestyle.
Many different activities can provide an outlet for creativity and problem-solving. Obvious choices are arts and crafts, music, performing arts, but other activities like sports and collecting can teach problem-solving skills. The best exercises for your children are those that encourage their natural curiosity and interests.
Many activities take place in a relaxing environment or promote healthy methods for dealing with stress. The more we can find positive ways to deal with stress, the better we feel.
When children learn new skills and engage in social activities, they become more self-confident. Learning social skills like cooperation, negotiation, and conflict resolutions in a fun and relaxed environment will help them interact appropriately with others – a skill valuable in all aspects of life from home life to the workplace.
Team Spirit and Camaraderie
Teamwork is increasingly critical in home life as well as at work. Team sports require children to work together to achieve a common goal and remove the focus from the individual to the team. These aren’t the only activities that teach teamwork, though, other activities like drama and dance also promote collaboration.
A new selection form is sent home at the beginning of each term that includes activities such as swimming, athletics, ball games, art and crafts and many others.
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