Matric Beyond The Classroom: Exploring Extracurricular Activities


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Matric can feel like it’s all academics and no play. But it doesn’t have to be that way, because extracurricular activities can help you de-stress and take your mind off academics.


Getting good grades is important, but so is finding a good balance between studying and enriching yourself. Taking part in extracurricular activities can help you do just that. 

What are extracurricular activities?

Extracurricular activities take part outside of your usual academic commitments. These activities usually take place outside of regular school hours, and range from being sporty to recreational. 

Even though getting good grades in matric is important, it’s also good to have activities that can help you de-stress and even socialise with your peers.  

Here just a few ways you can take part in extracurricular activities:

Play sports

Keeping active is not only good for your physical health but also for your mental health. Playing a sport can also help you socialise with your peers and other people who play the sport.

  • Netball 
  • Soccer 
  • Cricket
  • Rugby
  • Swimming 
  • Tennis 

These are just some of the few sports that you can take part of if you’re looking for an active extracurricular activity 

Join after school clubs 

If you’re not a big fan of sports, you can join look into joining after school clubs and societies such as:

  • Drama
  • Art club
  • Film society 
  • Photography
  • Chess
  • Karate/martial arts

If you’d like to do something on your own terms, you can try out recreational activities. 

Take part in recreational activities

Recreational activities are done for leisurely purposes and can range from something as simple as walking to something as complex as gymnastics. These activities can sometimes overlap with sporty activities, as they include:

  • Yoga
  • Dancing 
  • Gymnastics
  • Gardening
  • Music
  • Singing
  • Painting 
  • Meditation 
  • Reading 
  • Going out for a stroll

If you feel that the activities mentioned above aren't quite what you're looking for, you can consider volunteering your time or services to people in need. 

Do volunteer work

Take some time out of your day to help others by volunteering or doing community service. You can do this by reaching out to a charity or a cause that's dear to you. 

You can even volunteer to tutor other learners if you know the content for a subject well. This will help you equip someone else with knowledge while also refreshing your knowledge on the subject.

Extracurricular activities should be things that you find enjoyable and enriching, but it can take trial and error to find the right ones for you.

If you find yourself struggling, don't be discouraged if you don't quite enjoy a few activities. Instead, be open to switching it up and even mixing and matching activities until you figure out what truly makes you feel enriched and refreshed.


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