What for we need afterschool activity and how our students would benefit from it
The importance of afterschool activities is hard to overestimate. The world nowadays gives our children a wide range of opportunities and the international curriculum of our school and the number of afterschool activities help them to make the right choice. An extensive program of clubs in afterschool time is designed to allow the students to try their hand in a variety of fields in a relaxed and creative atmosphere. We invite our students to draw, chess, drama, and IT clubs. We work in the areas of natural science, sports, art, for students of all age levels.
The system of ASA also provides opportunities for creating informal communication with peers who share common interests. Most clubs are informally linked with the educational process in accordance with the student’s interest. This is extremely important for a favourable psycho-emotional climate and additional successful motivation for learning.
For example, we offer an opportunity to take part in French lessons. Students can learn a foreign language practically from the beginner’s level. All in all, they are given freedom of choice, they can try different activities, continue, if they like ones or refuse if they do not feel passion, discover their strengths and weaknesses, face challenges, or, simply enjoy doing what they want. Parents are encouraged to observe the progress their children make and how they succeed in afterschool projects.
We form our clubs by request of our students. Mosaics, activities that develop fine motor skills and are closely connected to our PYP-program, are most favoured by primary school students. Chess, IT, judo, football, photo club, and drama are popular among all ages.
Now, following the global trends, we are adapting our programs to work online. Our main goal is to maintain a direct flow of content, be it yoga or IT.
We dream about building a vertical line of development of ASA: during the first years our students would learn the basics, then they would improve their skills and gain new knowledge. By completing secondary school they would receive the appropriate certificate of proficiency in an additional foreign language, or specialize in programming, or get any other specialization.
Our ASA curriculum is not limited only by the school program. Studies and activities are conducted both by our teachers which are, as we said above, a continuation of the learning process, and by invited specialists. And, at the same time, our ASA program becomes a part of out-of-school events, such as Olympiads, sports competitions, or art exhibitions.
ASA teaches our students that learning is a lifelong process in various forms – from a compulsory curriculum with tests and assessments to playful activities that enrich their imagination and intellectual abilities. As a result, our students become taught to make the right choice in life, to find a balance between professional and hobby, and to learn all their life.