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The Tahan Mountain Trekking Team (a CCA in Hwa Chong Institution), on an expedition to Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal in 2000

Co-curricular activities (CCAs), previously known as Extracurricular Activities (ECAs) are activities that educational organisations in some parts of the world create for school students. They are activities which all school students must attend alongside the standard study curriculum. In Singapore, the policy was introduced by the Ministry of Education, which believe extra activities for school students are a means to enhance social interaction, leadership, healthy recreation, self-discipline and self-confidence. At higher levels of education, CCA participation may even translate into academic points.

The scope of CCAs is wide due to a nearly inexhaustible list of interests. Some of the major groups include Computer Club, Art Club, Dance Club, Swimming, Basketball and Photography Club. Uniformed groups include the St. John Ambulance Brigade (SJAB), Red Cross, Military Band, The Singapore Scout Association, Girl Guides Singapore, National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) and National Cadet Corps (NCC). Performing arts groups are also included, with Chinese Orchestra, choirs, bands and Dance Clubs among such CCAs.

CCAs are held outside standard curriculum hours and the activities partaken depend on the nature of CCA. For example, Uniformed groups do foot drills and team-building exercises while competitive sportsmen spend most of the time training and learning techniques from their instructors.

In the first year, the students are required to pick one or more interest group to join. While the choices available to students differ from school to school, there are national requirements for the…...

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