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We are proud of the variety and number (over 550!) of co-curricular activities we offer students at t
January 16 · Issue #93 · View online
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We are proud of the variety and number (over 550!) of co-curricular activities we offer students at the BSN. These include Sports, Performing Arts, Eco and STEM clubs; Debating Society and Model United Nations to name a few. There is something for everyone. Activities beyond the classroom are hugely important for students’ development and wellbeing. BSN also participates in the International Award, which is the overseas equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Participating students must complete tasks involving a sport or physical activity, learn a new skill, perform a service to the community and take part in an expedition. The Duke of Edinburgh recently asked more than 4,000 people which activities teenagers should do to help build their confidence resilience and independence. Based on the answers, they came up with this interesting list of 25 “character hacks”, which might provide the inspiration for a new co-curricular activity.

  1. Get work experience or a part-time job
  2. Spend time getting to know an older person
  3. Become a mentor to someone younger
  4. Volunteer for charity
  5. Join a club for your hobby
  6. Go to a music festival or a gig
  7. Learn a foreign Language
  8. Set yourself a personal challenge
  9. Learn first aid
  10. Learn to manage your own money
  11. Travel somewhere new
  12. Experience a digital detox
  13. Campaign for something you believe in
  14. Learn to cook
  15. Try vegetarianism or Veganism
  16. Spend time in nature
  17. Carry out a random act of Kindness
  18. Learn about your history
  19. Speak in public or in front of the school class
  20. Create a piece of art or music
  21. Go dancing
  22. Dress for yourself and not others
  23. Engage in politics
  24. Learn about Climate change
  25. Have a conversation with someone you’ve never met
Even adults can benefit from adopting some of these suggestions. What are you going to make time for this year?

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