Extracurricular activities are carried out during school hours. These activities have the objective of developing creativity.
Appearing to play an instrument makes the motor, visual and auditory part work at the same time. This allows neuroplasticity, agility and creativity to gain. We finish seeing that these benefits move afterwards in the academic aspect. Students increase mental agility in mathematics for example.
At Santa Clara, students have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument: piano, violin, cello, drums, guitar or ukulele.
Several studies show that children who learn a new language at an early age develop cognitive abilities, such as increase of skills in problem solving, creativity, and respect to others cultures.
Another of the extracurricular activities that can be done at Santa Clara is to learn to speak a new language. Chinese or German are extracurricular. The main curricular languages are English and Spanish. French is curricular throughout Primary Stage.
All of our teachers are native in the language that they teach. This makes an authentic learning experience four our students.
Chess is a universal game, knowing no boundaries of age, gender, faith, ethnicity or disability, that promotes key intellectual skills such as problem solving, logical thinking, pattern recognition and concentration.
At Santa Clara, students play chess everyday because it fosters intellectual character. Its cerebral reputation boosts self-esteem and gives children ‘grit’ – the tenacity to cope with adversity – which helps them grow into rounded and employable individuals. It does this by teaching children how to lose and how to win gracefully, to think ahead and foresee the consequences of their actions.