Expanding Horizons

Junior School Monday, 01 Apr 2024

At Helena College, we believe that every child’s educational journey is unique. That’s why we offer a diverse range of opportunities to enrich each student’s learning experience. 

Our Junior School Electives Program is designed to balance academic development with the exploration of new interests and the acquisition of fresh skills. The Electives Program provides students in Pre-primary to Year 5 with access to campus-based activities that they would typically only find outside the school environment.

For a modest additional cost, students can participate in visual arts, pottery, computing, classical ballet, mixed dance, drama, martial arts (including Tetsuryu and Taekwon-Do), as well as music classes such as drums, piano, and guitar. These activities take place during or after school hours on Thursdays and Fridays at our Darlington Campus, allowing families to enjoy weekends and evenings together.

The benefits of participating in extracurricular activities like our Electives Program are extensive. They provide opportunities to develop skills beyond academics, such as leadership, teamwork, time management, and communication. Research indicates that extracurricular involvement often leads to improved academic performance, as these activities can enhance concentration, motivation, and overall school engagement.

Furthermore, the Electives Program fosters social development by allowing children to meet peers with similar interests, make friends across different year levels, and build a sense of belonging. Many activities, such as martial arts and dance, also promote physical health by encouraging fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Exploring new activities can boost children’s confidence and self-esteem as they master new skills and overcome challenges. It encourages them to discover their passions and talents outside the classroom while teaching valuable life skills like resilience and perseverance.

If you’re interested in learning more about our Electives Program or enrolling for 2025 and beyond, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming tours.