All roundedness is the theme of modern education which recognizes that when the child comes to the school, he or she comes for mental, physical and social education and as such he or she must be educated and nourished in all of them. This is what we aim to do to our Grade 8 Northbridge students.
Participating in co curricular activities, be it a sport, performing arts, service or community outreach forms part of the IB requirement of Service and Action which it has been shown to enhance academic performance. Students who lead a balanced school life, where co curricular compliments academic studies, learn effectively and develop into well balanced individuals.
Crucially such participation assists students in developing and refining their personality, leading to them improving their communication, debating and public speaking skills, and increases their sense of belonging in their peer groups.
This link provides more information on research and current thinking about this topic.