A few examples
Below are some examples of extracurricular activities that schools can organize as part of the Busy Bodies, Busy Minds program:
Sports and physical activities
Physical activities are a common form of recreation and a source of well-being, and are key to improving physical fitness and physical and mental health. Physical activities may include introductory, recreational and competitive sports or outdoor activities, fitness training and recreational games incorporating muscle-building. Physical activities may also take the form of organized practices (with adequate supervision) or informal practices (access to facilities and materials, but with minimal supervision).
Activities are considered healthy and safe when the focus is on permanently adopting an active lifestyle and when they are carried out in accordance with the safety rules established by sports and recreation federations (regarding facilities, the behaviour of participants, coaches and other sports officials, fair play).
- Playing sports in an organized competitive association.
- Doing sports for fun (football, hockey, soccer, long-distance running, badminton).
- Participating in outdoor activities (rock climbing, downhill skiing, kayaking), informal practices (volleyball, basketball) and physical fitness training (aerobics, step, swimming).
- Taking lessons (swimming, snowboarding, judo).
Cultural activities practised during school hours (Culture in the School program) are different in some respects from cultural activities undertaken outside school hours (Busy Bodies, Busy Minds program).
In the Culture in the School program, students at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels can have active and participatory cultural experiences in the classroom. They may have opportunities to meet with artists, writers and representatives of professional cultural organizations (cultural resources) from the Répertoire culture-éducation, which includes over 1 850 artists, writers and organizations.
In the Busy Bodies, Busy Minds program, students take part in cultural activities outside classroom hours. These activities are generally held on the school premises, but may also take place outside the school. For example, a group of students that is putting on a play might go out to see a theatrical performance to enrich their project.
Teachers will for the most part hand over the reins to cultural facilitators, who will work with students together with the cultural resources. The resources involved in the extracurricular activities may also be used in a classroom context. They may, however, be used for other purposes; for instance, an artist may act primarily as a guide for the students.
Finally, the Répertoire culture-éducation is full of suggestions that may inspire schools looking for cultural activities for students as part of extracurricular activities.
- Writing and putting on a play.
- Creating and exhibiting art works.
- Creating and producing a show.
- Producing a short film (a variety of subjects are possible).
- Participating in writing, painting, ceramics and jewellery-making workshops and exhibiting the resulting creations.
- Singing in a choir.
Community activities give students the opportunity to better know themselves, to open up to others and to gain a better sense of belonging to their community. Community activities encourage students to play an active role in society and become responsible citizens and inspirational role models.
It is important that students be encouraged to prepare themselves for this kind of involvement or volunteer work and to reflect on it afterwards in order to better understand the process of their involvement and the impact it has on themselves, others and the community.
- Supporting various organizations or humanitarian causes throughout the year.
- Actively participating in a committee to improve the school climate and physical environment.
- Visiting and participating in activities in retirement homes.
- Becoming involved in the student radio station or the student council.