As a student I believe that we should embrace out-of-school activities.
Some clubs give you qualifications, skills and things people wouldn’t even know existed. From the DofE to your own personal fitness, people can achieve things that will put them a step ahead of other people (especially helping with CVs later in life).
At Malton School, we started to give people the new opportunity for a very special award called the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh’s award) where there are three awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
The DofE teaches you life skills such as first aid, camping/bush craft skills in surviving, communication and public work and much more. Even just one of these is very good on your CV and can definitely help you any job.
Even if you don’t want to do activities in school, there are clubs out of school such as Cadets which offer same sort of thing – Air, Army and Sea cadets. These are all based around teaching you future skills as well as taking trips abroad and to army bases (depending on which you decide to be in, you could go to an RAF base or an Army base). It gives you a new look at life as well as more friends and confidence to do things you wouldn’t have had confidence in before.
In and out of school there is something for everyone. Sports is popular within and out of school and is excellent for your health, which is always a good thing even if you don’t want to progress further after school. Hockey or football, for example, are good for teamwork skills and co-operation at the same time as having fun!
Anyone who has free time should be encouraged to try new things and be the person you want to be and try things that sound interesting for you.
By Lily Thompson, Year 9.