|Objective of the extra-curricular activities (AES)|
|Sunday, 12 September 2010 00:00|
In a local context where traditional sports or cultural clubs are not always accessible without language ability, the extra-curricular activities organized by the French School of Seoul (LFS) especially have the objective of allowing the students to have access to leisure activities and/or activities of relaxation without linguistic or geographical constraints. However, the levels of practice or performance looked for cannot be and must not be compared with those expected from sports clubs or from private artistic institutes.
The social element within the extra-curricular activities is essential and precedes the criteria for success in terms of expertise in the activities themselves. The "performances" within these activities are not important, even if the search for quality itself is not omitted.
These complements to the weekly academic activities have the goal of allowing students to meet outside their time of study, to engage in social exchanges, to strengthen their relationships, to develop team spirit, to become better integrated when they are new to the school. These activities without parental supervision allow them to develop their independence in a secure context by also developing, in the case of the youngest participants, capacities that are afterward reinvested in classroom activities. It is also a space within which to develop self-confidence by succeeding within other contexts.
The coordinator, based on personnel resources and available locations, puts the program together. They cannot thus accommodate all requests and put in place all the activities that a municipality is generally capable of offering. Thereby, it does not necessarily provide for a sense of continuity for new pupils. Furthermore, the LFS would not take on sole responsibility for organizing leisure activities of children who regardless of their age, need to spend and share time within their own families also.
The fees for extra-curricular activities are established in terms of real costs so as to pay the presenters. The LFS makes absolutely no profit from this program, which in fact places an additional demand on all the equipment required for these activities. The extra-curricular activities constitute only a secondary activity; it is important not to lose sight of the principal objectives of the LFS, even if the competition essentially builds it reputation by promoting these types of activities.