The Role of Extracurricular Activities in Student Growth

The Role of Extracurricular Activities in Student Growth


Extracurricular Activities are an important part of a well-rounded system, allowing students to explore their interests and develop new skills. This also helps them develop important life skills like teamwork, leadership, and time management.


Father LeBlond School offers a wide range of extracurricular activities to meet the needs & interests of all students. This includes sports, music, theater, clubs, and more. We encourage all students to participate in at least one activity and provide them with the support they need to succeed.

Here are some of the Benefits of Extracurricular Activities for student growth:

  • Improved Academic Performance. This is likely because it helps them develop important academic skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, and research skills.
  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem. It provides them with opportunities to succeed and achieve their goals. This can help them develop a sense of self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improved social skills. This offers them opportunities to interact with other students from different backgrounds and with different interests. 
  • Greater sense of belonging. It can help them feel more connected to their school and community. This can lead to a greater sense of belonging and well-being.
  • Preparation for college and careers. It can help students develop the skills and experiences colleges and employers seek. For example, participation in sports can teach them teamwork, discipline, and leadership skills. Participation in music can teach students creativity, focus, and perseverance.


How to choose the right Activities for your child?

When choosing, it is important to consider their interests and talents. Choosing appropriate activities for their age and maturity level is also important.

Here are some tips for choosing the right activities:

  • Talk to your child about their interests. What do they like to do in their free time? What are they passionate about?
  • Consider their strengths and weaknesses. What are they good at? What areas could they use some improvement in?
  • Choose wisely that is appropriate for your child's age and maturity level. Some activities, such as sports, may have inappropriate physical requirements for younger children.
  • Encourage them to try new things. They may only know what they like once they try it.
  • Don't overschedule your child. Giving them time to relax and enjoy their childhood is important.


How to support your child?

Once they have chosen their extracurricular activities, supporting them in their endeavors is important. Here are some tips for them:

  • Ensure your child has the time and resources needed to participate in their activities. This may include providing transportation to and from activities or helping them with homework.
  • Be supportive and encouraging. Let them know you are proud of them for participating.
  • Attend their performances and competitions whenever possible. This shows them that you are interested in them and support them.
  • Talk to them about their experiences. Ask them what they are enjoying and what they are learning.
  • Help your child set goals and develop a plan for achieving those goals. This helps them stay motivated and succeed.

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