I am a final-year dance ensemble student from an independent girls' school. My practice sessions take place only once a week, unless there is a competition or the Singapore Youth Festival coming up, when training would be held more regularly.
I do not think students are spending too much time on co-curricular activities ("Are students spending too much time on CCAs?"; March 31).
It is very important to have self-discipline. Managing time well and balancing work and play should be the student's top priorities.
In my school, the teachers are very understanding. This is especially so when competitions are approaching and CCA schedules get more packed.
When students explain that they may not be able to hand in their assignments on time and ask for an extension, the teachers will usually accede to their requests.
CCA sessions should be held only on weekdays, so students can have the full weekend to either catch up on their schoolwork or simply take a breather from school.
Letter from Dion Quek, 17, Secondary 5 student
This article was published on April 9 in The Straits Times.
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