Co-curricular activities are defined as programs which are structured and organized but exist outside of the school’s mainstream curricular program. A considerable amount of research examining the benefits of co-curricular activities has shown conclusively that adolescent participation in co-curricular activities is associated with numerous developmental benefits. Co-curricular participation has been linked to higher levels of academic achievement, university aspirations, increased school connectedness and retention, and decreases in risk taking behavior. Effective co-curricular programs have been shown to provide more diverse opportunities for development and growth in social skills, emotional intelligence and civic understanding. Furthermore, the positive impacts of a strong co-curricular program seem to be enduring with students demonstrating higher educational and occupational aspirations not only during school but for as long as 8 years after completion and into young adulthood. For these reasons, it is widely accepted that effective schools possess a strong co-curricular culture that is valued and embraced by the whole school and its community.
At Melba College, we pride ourselves on the vast and diverse range of co-curricular activities on offer to our students. We believe that authentic learning comes from passion, exploration, challenge and a wide range of experiences. Our program is inclusive, catering for the breadth of interests and talents of our students and we believe that this encapsulates the ethos of achievement that we encourage at the college.
The program is designed to tap into student’s passions while also enabling them to develop new skills, interests and friends while trying new and challenging experiences. Co-curricular activities build on and compliment skills and understandings developed in the classroom. The list of individual programs is extensive, however, each program or activity can be defined under one of the following four broad focus areas:
Sport and Recreation
Community and Culture