The College recognises that cocurricular opportunities play an important role in the education of girls, helping to nurture and develop the individual in all aspects of life: physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually and cognitively. Students are assisted in developing teamwork, critical thinking and social skills, thereby increasing confidence and resilience. They develop life-long relationships with their peers and learn how to lead others. These skills will be beneficial later in life and in the workplace.
Our cocurricular program offers wonderful opportunities for students to try new activities and further develop current interests. The diverse program allows them to try something new, meet girls with shared interests, learn new skills and become involved in other aspects of College life.
There is overwhelming evidence to support the physical benefits of involvement in sporting activities, underpinning the fact that a healthy body leads to an active mind, and studies consistently show us that children who are more physically active tend to perform better academically. The Duke of Edinburgh Award encourages a student’s sense of adventure, resilience, leadership, responsibility, lateral thinking and teamwork. Enrichment activities such as debating provide rigorous, critical thinking skills and engender mental and emotional maturity. This can lead to high levels of academic and occupational achievement. Debating also provides invaluable life skills by teaching students to become self-managed learners who can recognise how others think, thereby improving their ability to cooperate in a team environment.
Participation in cocurricular performing arts activities such as music performance ensembles and drama productions provide students with a means for self-expression, and developing self-esteem is a by-product of this. Research shows that students who study the arts are not only more successful with examinations but also learn to think creatively and to problem solve by imagining various solutions and rejecting outdated rules and assumptions; questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.
The College values an holistic education and provides opportunities inside and outside the classroom for girls to flourish, experience challenge, share interests, demonstrate the Brigidine spirit and find interests that ensure they will become lifelong learners, contributing to their world with strength and gentleness.