Performing arts or sports? Clubs and societies or uniformed groups? As the PSLE draws to an end, it’s time to navigate another important decision with your child: the choice of Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) — which could very well be of paramount importance in the next four years of his life.
In this article, Days Learning is shining the spotlight on some of the coolest CCAs in stores… we mean, schools now.
Youth Flying Club, Bedok Green Secondary School
In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC) implemented a CCA programme in secondary schools, with the intention to enable students aged 12 to 16 to learn more about flying through aviation knowledge, simulator flying, and aeromodelling activities. Members can also look forward to yearly competitions organised by SYFC like control-line flying, chuck-glider, and flight simulation competitions. The Science Centre also organises the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition every year to cater to an increasing number of flight enthusiasts.
Apart from Westwood Secondary School, there are currently 14 other secondary schools participating in the SYFC CCA programme, as well as an Open Unit (which meets on Saturday mornings in SYFC) for students from other schools who are keen to learn more about aviation.
Robotics Club, Riverside Secondary School
A common staple in most secondary schools which beckons loudly to the science inclined, the Robotics Club is a prime nurturing haven for future robotics engineers and programmers. The Robotics Club in Anglican High School, for one, constantly strives to develop students’ robot construction and programming skills through exposure to a variety of robotic fields.
With a plethora of competitions happening all year round, members of the Robotics Club will be spoilt for choices when it comes to opportunities to showcase their robotic knowledge. To name but just a few, there’s the Singapore Robotic Games in January, the IDE Competition in March, the Singapore VEX Robotics Competition in June, and the National Junior Robotics Competition in September. Talk about friendly competition!
Astronomy Club, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
Available in five secondary schools and four Integrated Program Schools, the Astronomy Club (also known as the Astronomy Interest Group and the Astrophysics Society in Hwa Chong Institution and Victoria Junior College respectively) caters to the inquisitive minds of students who take a profound interest in the fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Apart from offering members the opportunity to handle telescopes and recognise constellations, Astronomy Clubs endeavour to empower deeper appreciation of the many diverse fields of Astronomy such Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Astrophotography. Members can also look forward to taking part in renowned international competitions like the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, where high school students from around the world compete to solve theoretical and analytical problems.
Drama Club, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Regardless of its official name — the English Literary, Drama and Debate Society in Crescent Girls’ School or the Anderson Theatre Circle in Anderson Secondary School—there’s one strong characteristic binding every single Drama Club: the opportunity to fully channel the creativity of each and every member.
Over at Xinmin Secondary School, the English Drama Club allows students to excel in the multifaceted nature of Drama, including acting, directing, writing, stage management, as well as props and costume management. The biannual Singapore Youth Festival is but just one of the many platform for Drama Club members to showcase their original works, challenging them to refine their level of artistry.
Entrepreneur Club, Gan Eng Seng School
In a bid to promote innovation and enterprise, Entrepreneur Clubs have popped up in secondary schools all over Singapore. At Gan Eng Seng School, the E-Club aims to provide members with fun-filled, hands-on real life business experiences.
The sense of entrepreneurship is equally palpable over at Regent Secondary School. Its Entrepreneur Club develops entrepreneurship skills in three ways — namely cafe operations, fund-raising activities, and upcycling projects. Budding entrepreneurs can look forward to yearly events like the National Cashflow Competition and the Youth Innovation Challenge to further hone their financial literacy skills and exchange pointers with fellow enterprising enthusiasts.