Secondary School CCA

PSLE marks the graduation of Primary school students and their entry into Secondary schools as teenagers. Discuss all issues about Secondary schooling here.

Re: Secondary School CCA

Postby mother777 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:40 pm

No its not.
Only 1 CCA is compulsory (2x a week). 2nd CCA (1x a week) is purely based on interest.
So we will join the 2nd CCA first and see from there how it goes :)

My main concern is which CCA DD going to put for 1st CCA (main). She still has not made up her mind.
I know sports would be demanding and so is uniformed group. from the CCA showcase, seems like each CCA has its own commitments. So hope kiddos choose wisely based on interest and stick to it for next few years

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Re: Secondary School CCA

Postby janet88 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:51 am

choosing the right cca is crucial in secondary school.
with more subjects to handle and also longer school hours, a demanding cca would require the child to stay back more often and that is excluding supplementary lessons.

the debating club which daughter was keen in requires her to stay back 2x a week (3x if there is a competition). that is definitely no no. she is happy with media club. my son definitely inherited the IT gene from the father but more patient than him. if son doesn't go into IT/engineering, it would be a real waste.

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Re: Secondary School CCA

Postby sleepy » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:06 pm

In my kids' school, all CCAs are at least twice a week. Considered quite slack liao

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Re: Secondary School CCA

Postby Connecting the dots » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:48 pm

DD's Girl Guides used to be 2-3x per wk, time consuming and physically demanding. But DD enjoyed herself and was always happy. She also developed a great sense of responsibility & leadership skills. Was appointed the rank of Petrol Leader. I'm glad she took up GG. DS on the other hand was in his school TKD team. Training was 2-3x a week including every Saturday. By the time he reached home was always tired. Showered slept and saturdays flew pass. But with passion & discipline, he too attained his Black belt and was appointed the rank of Vice Chairman of the school TKD team.
CCA's do instill a great deal of achievement in a child's development esp during secondary school years. Most importantly they must choose one which they like so that they will be committed to it for the next 4 years.

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Re: Secondary School CCA

Postby JJ_chua » Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:28 pm

Hi anyone with DS in St John?Can share your experience of tis CCA?DS likes sports but due to limited vacancies probably has to join UG. :sad:

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Re: Secondary School CCA

Postby sleepy » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:09 pm

CCAs are pretty competitive nowadays. Need to go for auditions / selection tests. Some CCAs only taking in a handful of students or at most a dozen.

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Re: Secondary School CCA

Postby Connecting the dots » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:17 pm

More of a case of CCA choose their candidates and not the other way round

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Re: Secondary School CCA

Postby sleepy » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:23 pm

Yes. That's why it's not always possible to choose the CCA a student is most interested in, even if he or she would very much like to. Sometimes have to make do with whichever CCA a student landed up in and then try to cultivate interests from thereon.

Or be kiasu lah (no shame in that :lol: that's just being proactive) - send him or her for some last minute training post psle if there's a particular CCA he or she is super interested in, so as to improve the chance of getting 1st choice CCA

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Re: Secondary School CCA

Postby Connecting the dots » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:16 pm

Keeping an open mind and willingness to venture out of their comfort zone does help.
After all students are given an option to choose their CCA choice 1,2,3 if I do recall correctly.
For my DD, she was never the adventurous or sporty type. With limited options, she chose Girl Guides, and made the best out of her 4 yrs. :rahrah: Having said that, as 'sleepy' suggested, no harm doing a 'crash course' post psle to increase ones's chance of securing 1st choice cca ... but that's quite extreme :lol: But well ... that's what KSP is for right? Lol

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Re: Secondary School CCA

Postby mother777 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:06 pm

Any parent with their child in softball?
Please share your experience on - How rigorous would the training be and what kind of opportunities will they get in softball?

DD has been shortlisted for softball and very eager to join. 4 of her class mates have been selected to join the team along with her.
Tomorrow would be the first session of the CCA I suppose.

DD has been more inclined towards academics in primary, had Robotics as CCA till PSLE.
She did have taekwondo and swimming outside school.

Am worried if daughter can mold herself to be a sportsperson. We will definitely support her decision as its time to let them make their own decision.

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