extracurricularWHAT IS ENRICHMENT?

A broadening of the learning experience

Enrichment enhances the curriculum and allows it to be placed in the wider context of the world we live in. Academic life should include much more than what happens in the main stream curriculum.

The aim of enrichment is to offer a wide range of experiences and challenges that enrich the curriculum. This is to ensure that students are inspired to learn outside of the classroom and develop the skills required for the world beyond their secondary education.

The skills we are seeking to inculcate include problem solving, creative thinking, initiative and self-direction, discovery, higher order thinking skills, profound personal interests, self-acceptance, and the courage to make a difference.

Activities can be divided into: Academic courses, Skills based courses, Creative courses, working within the Community and Sports.

The Enrichment Programme uses the talents and experiences of experts and providers from outside of the school, in combination with the talents and interests of staff within the school. The Enrichment Programme includes after-school activities, lunch time activities, educational day visits and residential trips.

The benefits:

  1. New challenges in new ways. The new challenge can also open the mind to new ways of seeing the world.
  2. Eustress the positive kind of stress that makes you feel excited about what you're doing and about life.
  3. Unite with others. Even in a solo activity, like sewing, you're exposing yourself to a new world of people, people who find the same thing enjoyable.
  4. An outlet for stress. By focusing on a non-work-related task, the mind has something else to focus on and then worries and stresses seem to fade away.
  5. Staying present. If you really love what you're doing, you tend to get in the flow or zone and really, truly focus on the moment.
  6. Physical health benefits. Research has found that engaging in enjoyable activities during free time is associated with lower blood pressure, total cortisol, waist circumference, and body mass index. Hobbies are good for your mind and your body.



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