We couldn’t keep it a secret anymore, although we tried really hard to. It is now official: Spark School is introducing Clubs and Societies for the first time, thus widening the variety of extracurricular activities that our students can participate in.
So why is this important news, you ask? This is a huge game changer for our hybrid community as we are still developing new ways to involve our remote students in activities. Apart from the necessity of being a part of groups and communities, we will also look at the benefits that kids get from participating in clubs and societies, in the long run.
But first, what Clubs and Societies are we talking about?
To introduce the concept of Clubs and Societies, these are organisations formed with and for our students with a common interest in mind. The difference between a club and a society is that Societies are for meeting experts, joining leadership positions, doing practical activities, etc. Clubs, on the other hand, are for talking about hobbies, sharing opinions, and socialising. The main difference is that while Clubs have a more relaxed atmosphere, Societies can be more challenging to be part of and might require more serious involvement.
The clubs and societies that will be available to Spark students are as follows:
|Book Club||Young IT engineers (gaming, software & coding)|
|Art, fashion, and craft Club||Young Lawyers|
|Board Games Club||Young Educators|
|Robotics, maths & physics Club||Young Engineers|
|Minecraft Club||Young entrepreneurs|
|Creative Writing Club||Young people in sports|
|Language, travel and culture exchange||Debating|
|Baking/cooking Club||Music, film and composition|
|Social Media Influencing Club||Drama & public speaking|
The list is set to grow based on the interests and requirements of our students, but for starters, these will be the communities that our students can be part of.
As a limited offer to celebrate the launch of our Clubs and Societies, there will be a free 3-month trial available for anyone who signs up to become a Spark student this month or next.
The trial period will run for 3 months so students can discover what works best for them and decide what clubs and societies they want to be permanent members of.
Now that we talked about the different types of clubs and societies, let’s also talk a bit about the benefits that come with being part of a community like these:
Improved academic performance: students who participate in clubs and societies tend to have higher grades than those who don’t and are more likely to complete their degrees on time.
Enhanced social skills: students develop social skills and build relationships with their peers. This is important, especially for students who may struggle with making friends or feel isolated.
Career development: joining clubs and societies related to their field of study can provide students with valuable networking opportunities and hands-on experience. According to a study conducted by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), 94% of employers value students’ participation in extracurricular activities. Also, 80% of employers believe that such activities help students develop important skills that are useful in the workplace.
Improved mental health: participating in clubs and societies can have a positive impact on a student’s mental health by providing a sense of belonging, purpose, and community.
All our clubs and societies will be conducted by our students, our highly trained staff members from Spark, and occasionally by speakers or experts in the field. Nevertheless, students will have the chance to get involved by taking on leadership roles that will help them develop their skills.
Apart from teaching good subjects, it is also crucial for schools to offer extracurricular activities like these, that students can participate in to gain skills and experience.
Nowadays, the job market is constantly changing and new requirements get added to the list of expectations as we speak. However, one thing will never change – and that is the appreciation towards students who want and do more. Even if different roles require different expertise and experience, all the roles on the job market will require skills that can be cultivated in clubs and societies.
So now that we have some knowledge about why clubs and societies are good, which ones are your favourites? In case there are topics or interests that are not on our list but they should be, please let us know!
We also have a calendar available with all the upcoming dates for the Clubs & Societies meetings, but if you want to be the first one to learn about all the fun things we do, sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you posted!
What are you waiting for? Visit Spark School and join a Spark community today!
FAQ about Clubs & Societies
- 1. Where can I find the schedule for all the clubs and societies available at Spark?
Clubs and societies are reserved for Spark Students only! Therefore, if you are a Spark student you will get all your details about dates and such, in the student newsletter.
- 2. Why should I join?
This could be the best opportunity for you to meet your classmates, find pupils with the same interests as you, and last but not least, get better at something. Participation in clubs and societies also helps with developing your leadership skills and is a great way to show future employers that you are a person with initiative and a desire to learn.
- 3. How can I join a certain club or society?
If you are a Spark student, you should contact your learning journey advisor to discuss the details of joining a club or society. If you are a student interested in joining Spark, you automatically get access for the first 3 months to all the clubs & societies.