Co-curricular or extracurricular activities (CCAs or ECAs for short) are offered at most international schools in Singapore, and there’s no doubt that the choices are very impressive. From sports and music to technology and science, students have endless opportunities these days to explore their passions outside classroom hours. We find out more about what kids can take part in at these schools in Singapore.
Nexus International School (Singapore)
At Nexus International School (Singapore), the most popular CCAs are the ones where learners can be active, hands-on and creative. Those that are in high demand are Taekwondo, Hip Hop, Ballet, Race Car Engineering, Learn The Piano, Warhammer, Little Makers and Tinytots Soccer. The kids also love programmes such as Boom, Bang, Fizz, Fun Science that use scientific experiments to spark an interest in the world. For example, learners learn how to survive in a desert without water or use forensic science to track down a criminal. Learners also have the opportunity to enter competitions through the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Middle Years Model United Nations Programme and the World Wildlife Fund Eco-School Programme. The Lego Robotics CCA also sends learners to the First Lego League competition – they entered for the first time in 2018, qualified for the finals and were given the Best Newcomer Award.
Most interesting CCAs: The school offers learner-led CCAs like Make And Build Your Own Skate Park and The Culture Of Food Cooking Club. During the cooking club, learners take charge of the kitchen, recreate global cuisines, share cultural customs and learn basic cooking skills which will come in useful when they go off to university.
St. Joseph’s Institution International
SJI International is always looking to expand its CCA programme and build partnerships with external providers. So, the Elementary School recently partnered with the National Equestrian Centre to offer beginner horse-riding lessons to students. The school also teamed up with the Julia Gabriel Centre for its revamped Speech and Drama CCA. Over at the High School, there is a new CCA called @490 Publication, a student-led initiative to publish an in-house enrichment publication. Elementary School CCAs are non-competitive; popular ones include Pottery, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mobile Games Design. At the High School, there is a sports CCA programme with the ACSIS league which includes football, cricket and swimming. High School students can choose from a variety of CCAs, including popular ones like Photography Club and Model United Nations.
Most interesting CCAs: ESTV involves Elementary and High School students collaborating to create weekly film content (by researching and organising filming and interviews) for the ESTV channel, while G8 Touch Home Care Food Delivery sees students delivering meals to residents in HDBs near the school each week.
Singapore American School
Students at Singapore American School have access to a variety of after-school activities and sports through the Eagle Athletics and Activities programme. They have the opportunity to try out different activities each term, with the most popular CCAs including Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Baseball, Chess, Minecraft, Little Cooks, Debate, Elementary School Musical and Coding. For sports activities, students are able to compete and represent the school in tournaments and leagues within Singapore and abroad. New to the list are Middle School Competitive Robotics, Cheerleading, Elementary School Contemporary Dance and Lyrical Ballet. CCAs allow students to learn important life skills such as determination and sportsmanship.
Most interesting CCAs: The Rainforest Rovers learn and discover new things about nature and conservation, spending time in the school’s two-acre natural rainforest. During the Climbing and Movement Obstacles CCA, students pick up wall-climbing techniques and come up with creative ways to navigate obstacles such as nets, trampolines, mats and foam shapes.
UWC South East Asia
UWCSEA has over 1,700 different activities for all students to take part in. These activities are key to the school’s holistic learning programme, with students encouraged to take a balanced approach and participate in the seven areas: Arts and Performance (18 productions a year and 49 musical ensembles), Create and Innovate, Learn and Lead, Wellness for Life, Mind Matters, Representative Sports (320 teams in 15 different ACSIS sports) and Home Languages (27 languages). Some of the local and international competitions that students represent the school in include the all-female “hackathon” SHEhacks 1.0, Model United Nations (MUN), ACSIS tournaments and South East Asia Mathematics Competition (SEAMC) events.
Most interesting CCAs: Girls in Tech, held in the IDEAS Hub on the Dover Campus, was started by IB Computer Science student Gaurika Sawheny to encourage girls to pursue their interests in technology and computer science. Kayak Polo is another student-founded CCA set up by Grade 10 student Joel Biro and with help from the school’s Activities and Outdoor Education Departments; it has 18 members.
Dover Campus: 1207 Dover Road
East Campus: 1 Tampines Street 73
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