Studying and learning will be less complete and fulfilling if there are no co-curricular school-based activities to boost the students’ interests and hobbies. That is why the Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) has implemented Co-curricular Activities (CCAs) in the first place. The history of CCAs stretches way back to the 1950s with its initial goal of providing holistic education and learning for Singapore students. It also aims to impart values that stand with the principles behind nationalism by deepening students’ feelings of belongingness with their country and fellow countrymen.
Some of the common CCAs in Singapore schools include basketball, badminton, swimming, band, drama club, and many more. In general, the CCAs in the schools revolve around either sports and games, aesthetics or the performing arts, and other clubs or societies—all of which can help students express their creativity, appreciate teamwork, and well, simply have fun and take a break from schoolwork and pressure.
Today, a few schools in Singapore have taken CCAs to the next level and started some of the most unique CCAs that may seem too good to be true. But they are real! Let’s take a look at some of these most unique CCAs in Singapore that you wish that you are part of!
The growth of e-sports across the globe has been evident in the past few years. Just look at the hundreds of competitive e-sports events that are on an international scale. For example, in 2019, e-sports was officially listed as part of the SEA Games. Today, it continues to spark interest in young gamers globally.
In a few Singapore schools, including National University of Singapore (NUS), students can actually choose e-sports as their CCA. The NUS E-Gaming Society (NUSEG) welcomes gaming enthusiasts and host events featuring some of the most famous online games such as League of Legends (LoL), Defense of the Ancients 2 (DoTA 2), Overwatch, Hearthstone and many more. There is even a gaming competition within secondary schools known as the Singapore Campus League (SGCL).
It is believed that students who choose e-sports as their CCA can learn strategic thinking and efficient teamwork which can help in their overall development as a student and as an individual. The rare opportunity to be part of the big leagues in the growing gaming and e-sports industry is also a possible career prospect.
In some schools, students can also choose the CCA that revolves around the wonders of technology, Computer Programming or Coding. At the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), the SIT Geeks are packed with programmer aspirants and the club hosts workshops with hands-on experiences in programming and coding.
Students in Singapore Polytechnic (SP) can opt to unleash their creativity with makeup and face as a medium at the Singapore Polytechnic (SP) Makeup Artiste Club. This club is a part of the SP’s pool of Arts and Culture organizations that gather students who are interested in makeup and special effects.
Check out their Facebook page here.
At Singapore Management University (SMU), students who want to learn about mixology can join the Singapore Management University (SMU) Barworks. The club organizes events, seminars, and workshops that will pass on professional bartending knowledge and skills.
Some of SMU Barworks’ events even include going on tours in famous bars and members also get a chance to practice hands-on experiences with bartending.
Everyone loves the 2017 musical film The Greatest Showman showing the magical life inside a circus. At GESS Circus CCA, students get to practice various unique circus acts, and impress audiences with their greatest show ever!
At the Raffles Junior College, students who are into fashion design and modelling can bring out their fashionista side at the Raffles Runway.Check out their creative photos from their Facebook page here and Instagram page here!
Hyping a crowd and creating music as a DJ can also be a CCA in Singapore! DJ Clubs are established at the Singapore Management University (SMU) and Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) Deejays. Learn to give life to music and watch people dance and party with your creative and hyped beats!
Students can also learn how to fly by joining the Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC) and being a pilot is no longer just a dream. The club can be taken under a few selected schools in Singapore and primarily teaches aeromodelling courses for young participants and hands-on training for students aged 16 and above.
This CCA is ideal for students who wish to take up a career at the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
Cooking is not just a survival skill, but also a hobby that allows people to experience different food and cultures. At the Nexus International School, students can be young master chefs at the Nexus International School’s (Singapore) cooking club. Here, they can learn from professionals on how to recreate various cuisines.
With more and more unique CCAs available in Singapore, the younger generation will definitely learn how to go beyond the norm and gain valuable experience outside the four corners of the classroom. Maybe one day, they will be the ones who mold an even more creative and happier world.