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Achieving Balance for Academic Performance

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Week 2,
Term One, 2016

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Many of the seniors and staff at Somerset College will encourage you to participate in co-curricular activities at the College, but what do you have to gain from this? At first glance many co-curricular activities may look like huge commitments which will get in the way of your academics.

If you ask anyone who has participated in the activities offered at the College, they will tell you how much fun it is. By doing these activities you will forge friendships and create so many incredible memories. Just keep in mind that when you leave school you won’t remember all of the times you studied for an exam, rather you will remember the memories and bonds you have formed over the years. Furthermore, extra-curricular activities are a great way to:

Kenta Arichi and Catherine Gerrard, Academic Captains, with Dr Michael Brohier, Deputy Headmaster

  • Learn Time Management and Prioritising: You will learn about time management and prioritising the commitments and academics, which becomes an increasingly important skill in the senior years and tertiary studies.
  • Reduce Stress: By interacting with your friends and teachers or doing an activity you love you will help you de-stress, which can help achieve focus for your academics.
  • Enhance Academic Performance: Extracurricular activities help develop areas of the brain that may not be utilised by school work, as well as developing skills such as creative problem solving and teamwork.

Despite these fantastic benefits, doing too many activities will be detrimental to your academics. Everyone is different so it is important you find the balance between extra-curricular activities and academics. Remember that school can be fun if you choose to make it that way, so Catherine and I encourage you to participate in any of activities that interest you before it’s too late. If you would like any information or advice on what activities to choose, feel free to see either one of us or any of the other Year 12s, we will all be very happy to help.

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