With the bulk of Term 2 behind us, I thought it timely to remind everyone of the benefits of participating in extracurricular activities. After the mid-year break is a good time for students to return to the College reinvigorated and ready to embrace the new term. Along with organising their academic schedule, students need to ensure they have balance in their lives and this means engaging in a variety of extracurricular pursuits. The College provides a plethora of activities to suit varied student interests. From sport, to music, community service, dramatic and visual arts, students are encouraged to give something a go. Empirical evidence proves that, on the whole, students who participate in extracurricular activities experience higher levels of academic achievement. In fact, one study from the Brandon University Journal of Graduate Studies found that “participation in extracurricular activities is associated with a 2% increase in math and science test scores.” The good news does not end there. “Students who participate in extracurricular activities report higher levels of self-concept and self-worth.” Increased feelings of self-worth help build a young person’s resilience and ability to accept constructive criticism. These valuable life-skills flow on to later life aiding continued personal growth and development.
You can support your daughter’s involvement by reading her interests and considering what activities are available at the College or within the local community. At St Patrick’s College Townsville, we have seen our students achieving great things in the fields of netball, rowing, debating, community service and the Arts. Our clubs and activities are always keen to engage with our students and look forward to welcoming new and returning members in Term 3.