Why extramurals are important in school

Robotics forms part of the everyday curriculum at Curro Krugersdorp

In the 21st century, the pure academic type of education that learners are introduced to, is steadily paving way to a whole new type of learning with a special focus to incorporate three major genres of education: reasoning, psychomotor and emotional learning.

Education in the 21st century is a pretty broad concept that surpasses the four walls of a classroom. The core aims of 21st century education at Curro Krugersdorp is to foster the all-round development of a child. All-round development essentially means intellectual, physical, moral, sensible and social development.

Education in the 21st century plays a fundamental role in the making of a man and his development as a culturally well-developed human being.

To fulfil these objectives, there is a prime need of striking a balance between syllabus, curriculum, books and also extramural activities beyond that.

Curro Krugersdorp offers aviation lessons as extramural activities

Extramural activities are those which are undertaken side by side with the curricular activities. An extramural activity essentially takes place outside a typical pen-and-pencil classroom experience. It gives the learners an opportunity to develop particular skills and exhibit their non-academic abilities. They actually complement the curricular activities and groom the learners in the art of living and working together. These are the true and practical experiences gained by learners by their own learnings.

A Chinese proverb very aptly states, ‘Teach me, and I will forget. Show me, and I might remember. Involve me, and I will never forget.’ To a very great extent, the theoretical knowledge is enhanced when an extramural activity related to the content taught, is organized. Intellectual development of the personality is achieved to a great extent, in the classroom itself. But the aesthetic development like character-building, spiritual and moral values, physical growth, creativity and many more are backed up by extramural activities only. It also professes coordination, adjustment speech fluency and extempore debating skills amongst learners. It teaches the learners to stand up for their rights. Extramural activities render a number of values like:

• 21st century educational values
• Psychological values
• Development of social values
• Development of civic values
• Physical development values
• Recreational values
• Cultural values

Various sports activities are offered at Curro Krugersdorp, including rugby, netball, soccer, hockey, chess and golf

Extramural activities are vital because even though they are not a part of the core curriculum, they play a very crucial role in giving the young boys and girls the ability to mould their lives to become well-rounded people. Curro Krugersdorp’s activities are designed purposefully to provide an apt mix of learners’ participation in academics and also to create a chance for multiskilled development.

The role of extramural activities in a learner’s life cannot be put into words easily. But let us understand some of the major benefits.

• Overall personality
It helps to enhance the well-rounded personality of the learners to strongly face the turbulent road of the future. Experiences and appreciation gained through these activities assist learners during internships and other sponsored programmes.

• Strengthen self-confidence
The goal of extramural activities is to give better fitness to learners and inculcate a sense of sportsmanship, competitive spirit, leadership, meticulousness, cooperation and team spirit. The hidden motive behind all this is to develop self-confidence and to learn to trust the team.

Cultural activities include choral verse, African drums and public speaking to name just a few

• Development of specialised skills
Extramural activities help hone the talents of young minds and gives them an opportunity to develop their specialised skills. Competitions that are organised can create a competitive environment and helps them work towards the objective of achieving a better society.

• Improved academic performance
Studies have shown that learners pursuing their hobbies achieved better results in their studies. Their academic performance goes way up north as they learn to balance their extramural activities with their academic pursuits. It also improve their understanding of how to manage their time efficiently and also increases their interest in the school. Such activities like participation in debates, drama, music, sports, etc. empower every learner to achieve their potential. This help in achieving the bigger purpose of building the future of South Africa.

• Greater opportunities:
In this competitive era, percentages act as gameCHANGERS during admissions into various courses. Learners pursuing any extramural activities of their choice are given preference over those who are not involved in any such things. These things make a major difference when learners are considered for the most popular courses.

Art is celebrated at Curro Krugersdorp

• Sense of responsibility:
When learners in their early teens are given some responsibility or a task to handle like first aid or managing the class painting board, their efficiency to handle such situations becomes much better. This fosters the sense of responsibility and accountability.

• Exposure to new activities:
Learners are introduced to a whole new range of activities that provide a better insight and let them choose what they enjoy and what they wish to learn. It broadens new horizons for them. These activities stimulate playing, painting, acting, dancing, singing and speaking skills in learners.

There is a plethora of options that a learner can choose from. Take a little glance at some of the options.

The rewards of extramural activities in schools have been researched pretty well and it is now ascertaining that learners who participate in these activities show higher academic results, stronger relationships in schools and are more likely to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Learners also feel a sense of belonging to the school and have a higher self-esteem by participating in structured activities like music, dance, performing arts, etc. In addition to this, learners are motivated and it leads to a happier, healthier and a more cohesive school such as Curro Krugersdorp.

Curro Krugersdorp prides itself as a school with a truly colourful and remarkable range of extramural activities. We believe that learners should participate in numerous activities to ensure that their development is balanced. To visit Curro Krugersdorp, call 087 287 9785 or email info.krugersdorp@curro.co.za

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