Co-Curricular Activities

Learning Outside the Classroom

Selwyn offers students many opportunities beyond the classroom.  We believe that through participation in the broader aspects of school life students improve motivation, deepen their social skills, increase in maturity and develop a sense of community and service.

Selwyn College is renowned for its culture diversity and strength as well as its innovative performing arts programmes.  This is coupled with its excellent visual arts and a first class sporting facility, namely the Barfoot & Thompson Stadium.

The wide range of activities that our students enjoy throughout their school life is documented in the Selwyn Yearbooks.  These are made available for purchase at the final prizegivings and also from the Student Office.

Benefits of Co-Curricular activities

This excerpt is from the NZ Herald discussing the benefits of students being involved in Co-Curricular activities.

"A paper published in 2010 by Dr Karen Martin of the school of population health at the University of Western Australia, says increased participation in sport and other forms of activity are thought to lead to enhancement of cognitive functioning (information processing), memory, concentration, behaviour and academic achievement for children.

In an article in the Education Review, New Zealand teacher Andy Ellmers who has taught in schools in England, Egypt and China, says many skills necessary to function beyond secondary school - time management, commitment to a long-term project and the maintenance of positive relationships -cannot be directly assessed through exams.

"By their nature extra-curricular activities foster different personal skills from class-based activities," he says. "What does not seem to vary is that successful academic students by and large are also the students who have devoted time and effort to extracurricular activities."

A 2013 report, prepared by the Sport Industry Research Centre of Sheffield Hallam University in Britain, shows involvement in sport may be a crucial factor later in life when today's school children are looking for jobs. Over 90 per cent of employers surveyed believed sport has a positive impact for "employability".

"There is significant evidence from employers that engagement in sport is a recognised strength," the report says. "As numbers of graduates increase, students need to do more than pass a degree to get their first job.

"Sport provides a wide range of positive attributes wanted by employers notably team working, communication skills, motivation, competitiveness and resilience."

 NZ Herald on the 12th April, 2017.