The San Andrea Extra-Curricular Programme
In the year 2000, San Andrea School was one of the first schools to launch the Extra-Curriculum Program with 4 activities being offered; athletics, football, basketball and table tennis with around 55 students taking part. Over the years the program increased in both number of activities and number of students.
The Extra-Curricular Department was a dynamic idea that offered a solution to several working parents who were encountering challenging situations whilst trying to juggle work and children’s school and extra-curricular activities.
San Andrea School, always sensitive to its students’ well-being put into action an After-Hours Programme in 2004 wherein play, sports, healthy eating, homework club and catechism classes were integrated. San Andrea School is proud to be the first school in Malta to have offered such a holistic programme and also being the first school on the Island to actually hold Catechism classes on its own premises. These classes have been officially authorized by the Commission for Religious Doctrine within the Archbishop’s Curia.
Today the department is proud to say that over 275 students form part of this programme with 15 activities to choose from.
What does this programme offer?
This programme incorporates the child’s activities “under one roof” at School, with some sports activities taking place on our own facilities. This programme runs from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30p.m. At 3 p.m. the students will go for their chosen activity (e.g. break dance). This lesson will be followed by a specially prepared healthy meal in-keeping with the School’s nutritional policy. During this time, the students have time to socialize and regenerate for the second part of their educational day. The students will then be allotted an hour for the school homework and reading. During the last hour the students will also have lessons in catechism. Supervision will be provided throughout the whole programme and each activity will be led by fully qualified professionals.
Athletics, basketball, cake baking, gymnastics, clay crafts, tennis, football, swimming, drums, break dance, art 3d and singing. The school is also proud to say that it offers parkour, synchronized swimming and adventure. San Andrea School was the first to do so in the Maltese Islands.
The sport of athletics encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Yet merely by participating in an athletics training program, the athlete can learn self-discipline, the ability to make independent decisions and lifelong fitness skills that will help him or her lead a more productive and independent life. Led by Mr. Kevin, the team consists of Mr Leandros, Mr Victor and Mr Darren who all professional athletic coaches.
The game involves a lot of focus. Coaches believe that around 60 to 70 per cent of a game is mental. You need to think of the move you’re making, what you’re going to do next, what the other players on your team are up to, and consider where the opposing players are and what they’re doing. Mental fortitude is also called upon to keep you going when your body just wants a rest.
Positivity! My attitude has improved drastically since I started. I have never come to a difficult situation (physical or mental obstacle) and told myself “That’s not possible.” I have found new ways to get around the obstacles from long ago, and have succeeded in doing them. It’s just an overall pleasing feeling to sit back and say:
“I can do anything”
Gymnastics is a sport that kids can begin at a young age and continue doing through their teen and university years. While some children use their talents and skills to become competitive gymnasts, others participate in the sport because they enjoy learning new skills and developing their level of fitness. With the rate of childhood obesity on the rise and more kids interested in video games and television than outdoor play, gymnastics classes offer a number of physical and social benefits.
Playing tennis gets you moving — and moving is good for the body and the mind. One of the great things about tennis is that it’s a sport that can be played at nearly any age and at any skill level. Because it’s a low-impact sport and it’s not dependent on the strength of the player, young and old alike pick it up easily.
Whether you play competitively, for your health or just for fun, tennis has great benefits for the mind and body. Here we’ll share five ways that taking up a racquet and hitting the court can have positive impacts on your health.
Football is generally considered to be the world’s most popular team sport. Played in just about every country, the sport’s success is due to the fact that it can be played by boys, girls, men and women of just about any physical build and ability. Football requires little in the way of specialized equipment and is organized using simple, intuitive rules.
Swimming can offer anyone of any age a huge range of health benefits. You might just feel and look younger and have stronger muscles. Swimming gives your body the workout minus the harsh impacts. Another awesome benefit is the living longer factor. You prolong your life and have higher brain activity with a regular swimming program. Control your weight and have a healthier heart plus lower your risk of diabetes, stop asthma symptoms and have a higher quality of life.
Drumming does not require advanced physical abilities or specialized talents. It does not require participants to read music or understand music theory. Drumming, even a simple pattern, offers benefits to a huge range of people. Drumming is a universal language. It transcends gender, race, age, and nationality. In fact, nearly every culture on earth has some form of drumming tradition.
Breakdancing is also a very social thing. Hardly anyone break dances alone. In this regard, many groups and affiliations are formed, borne out of a shared love for the movement. Even very young kids bond together because of this dance, and they typically get trained by older kids. There is a sharing of experience and advice by demonstration, which is not always experienced in formal schooling.
Art education is an important aspect of the overall education of children. It makes parents more involved in their children’s schoolwork by providing an area where parents do not feel helpless in assisting their children because of lack of basic knowledge. Art is a means for children who do not otherwise excel in school to have a subject where they can shine. Involvement in the arts has been shown to increase academic performance in all areas, not just art. These benefits provide the basis of why we should have art education in our schools.
When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, shares it with a roomful of people and it comes back as something even more thrilling: harmony.
Imagine a gymnastic dance routine done in a pool…..In the deep end….. Underwater….. While wearing full makeup…… Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the sport of synchronized swimming. It’s beautiful to watch-swimmers glide seemingly without effort through the water, smiles on their faces, wrists and legs snapping in unison as they perform movements unique to the sport. Sure, it looks easy, but here’s the truth: “It’s exhausting,” says Mary Rose, coach of the Team Orlando Loreleis. This activity is coached by Olympic medalist Saho Harada.
Other interesting activities include Cake Baking and Adventures and Catechism Classes
Who benefits from this Programme?
The children need not to rush home or go a relative’s house, gobble up a meal, quick change of clothes, out for sports activities, then to catechism classes, back home for a homework session and so on. The children will return home much calmer in the knowledge that their homework is done, that they have enjoyed a Sports/Arts activity and that catechism class has also been attended.
The parents will do with less stress of planning out pick-ups and drop-offs for their children, usually involving other family members, neighbors or friends. They will look forward to spending some quality time with their children with less nagging and coaxing for homework to start. Time gained might be spent more fruitfully in family discussions and other family-oriented activities. Parents need not ask for reduced hours during term time.
The School will be maximizing on the use of its premises after school hours.
From the above, one can see that this programme gives parents the opportunity to balance their busy lifestyle with family time. Nowadays parents have become aware that a holistic education forms part and parcel of their child’s education and such opportunities form the basis of a strong personality, good moral values and solid principles. It is a step further to make one’s child investment in education complete.
The positive feedback and encouraging letters and emails received from satisfied parents, instilled in us the impetus to run the programme again during the forthcoming scholastic year.
For any queries contact San Andrea School on 21438800 or send an email on
Ms Leanne Spiteri and Mr James Cuschieri
Extra-Curricular & After-Hours Coordinator