As I walk around the campus of TIS at lunch or after school, I can’t help but see them: students engaged in an assortment activities that yield a variety of benefits – the extra-curricular activities. From athletic to academic, creative to cosmetic, TIS offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities that are designed to appeal to a vast array of student interests.
The benefits of participating in extra-curricular activities are innumerable. For one, students are able to develop new skills in an area that they show interests. For example, students can foster public speaking skills in the Model United Nations club or they can cultivate a love for cooking with a culinary club. Secondly, students also have an opportunity to make new friends with people who share a common interest. This is an opportunity for even the shyest students to meet fellow students who enjoy the same activities as them.
For these students, not only are they participating in activities that they find interesting, but they are also reaping some of the covert benefits of being active in the school community outside of instructional time. Studies have shown that students who participate in extra-curricular activities are more likely to have better school attendance records and are also inclined to miss fewer classes. As well, a correlation between increased participation in extra-curricular activities and increased grade point averages (GPAs) has been discovered.
TIS places a strong emphasis on ensuring that our students are well-rounded individuals. Sure, academic achievement is undeniably important, but instilling confidence in our students and allowing them to develop skills beyond the classroom are equally important – if not more. That’s why students at TIS are afforded a wide range of activities to participate in year-round. Aside from the ECAs that are offered, students are encouraged to create their own clubs if they believe that there is an audience for it. If they have an idea for a new club, they simply need to approach a teacher with their proposal.
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Ian Jefferson is the Middle School Vice-Principal at TIS. During his 5 years at TIS, he has helped lead many extra-curricular activities for students in secondary school. Aside from his current position as the Model United Nations coach, he has also been involved with Junior Boys Soccer, the Middle School Leadership team and the Macau English Speech Contest.