Maximising co-curricular activities for educational excellence: A perspective by Anglo-Chinese school (Independent), Singapore

Year: 2001

Author: Ong, Teck Chin, Chan, Chee Wei

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

A framework for maximising co-curricular activities is in place. The range of co-curricular activities include uniformed youth organisations, sports and games, clubs and societies, performing and visual arts, enrichment and community involvement programmes and students-initiated interest groups. In addition a number of leadership programmes reinforced the already wide variety of co-curricular activities offered. Student participation rate in our school of more than 1750 students is 100% with each student involved in at least 2 formal co-curricular activities complemented with enrichment and leadership programmes. A steady progressive trend for the assumption of leadership roles and positions is recorded, with a range from 40% to more than 75% of total student cohort having leadership appointments from the year 1997 to 2001. Strategies for selection of students and structured processes for participation and evaluation are well aligned to the positive results and outcomes of the co-curricular activities. This is attributed to the clear rationale and vision of the school in providing a programme of educational excellence to nurture the "Scholar, Officer and Gentleman" in our students.