Eight ways that co-curricular programs help our students

At Guildford Grammar School, we place a particular emphasis on the Co-curricular program because it affords students the opportunity to grow parallel to the academic curriculum of the School. Students who involve themselves in the programs through their own volition can experience a range of benefits that would not have been realised if they had sat out. There is great value in participating in co-curricular activities and that is why we encourage all students to participate to the fullest of their ability. Our goal as a School is to nurture students and facilitate development on all levels as an individual. We focus on the whole student and by involving them in these co-curricular programs we can encourage growth in other key areas.

It is inspiring to see the transformation some students experience as they find a passion, follow their hearts and engage their minds. Not only do they begin to grow internally, but they also grow through a new sense of belonging and community which can often last a lifetime. Below we have compiled a list of some of the key benefits and why you should consider involving your child in our extensive Co-curricular program.

  1. Exposure to new activities and discovery of new talents
    You never know what you are good at or enjoy until you give it a try!  Our Co-curricular program gives students the opportunity to try a range of different activities, from sports to the arts, cooking, learning to surf, and lots more.
  2. Strengthen self-esteem and self-confidence
    Co-curricular activities can provide an opportunity for students to excel in non-academic pursuits, which can lead to increased confidence in and out of the classroom.
  3.  Develop specialised skills and enhanced academic learning
    Co-curricular activities allow students to learn practical skills and experience in an area of interest to them. One example of this is our sports assistant program where students can gain more experience utilising their umpire or referee qualification through our Friday activities program.
  4.  Encourage commitment and foster a sense of responsibility
    Programs such as the GGS Cadets, Community Service or the Duke of Edinburgh program all encourage students to commit to a set program and provide opportunities for them to give something back to the community.
  5. Develop social skills and stronger relationships with peers
    Co-curricular activities may involve students from different age groups and houses, so students learn how to build and maintain relationships.
  6. Improve time management and organisational skills
    By balancing co-curricular activities with their academic program, students are learning valuable time management skills that can be utilised in other areas of their life.
  7. Provide stress relief and relaxation
    Participating in a co-curricular activity can provide students with a break from their academic work and a shift in focus, increasing endorphins which are the mood-enhancing hormones produced naturally in the brain. Fencing, physical theatre and kayaking programs are great examples of activities that promote endorphin release, which decreases stress and increases relaxation.
  8. Promote overall personal development and provide prospects for future opportunities
    The range of skills that students learn through participating in co-curricular activities can help them to stand out to prospective employers. Some of our co-curricular offerings that help students to develop desirable work skills include woodworking, media production, mock trials, public speaking and titrations.

To find out more about the co-curricular programs in the Senior School you can read our co-curricular Handbook.