Making street art, kickboxing or producing beats on an iPad. From September, children from eight secondary schools in South Rotterdam can make use of the so-called extended day programming: extra teaching time in the field of sports and culture. This is reported by the municipality of Rotterdam.
A growing number of primary schools in South Rotterdam have been offering extended daytime programming for two years now. As of next school year, eight secondary schools will also be added. Jeffrey van der Laan, school year coordinator at Calvin Juliana emphasizes how important this is: “Many children are not members of an association. Due to the extended daily programming, sporting and cultural development remains possible.”
game of basketball
Calvin Juliana school community has already been running a trial run for six months. And that goes well, says Van der Laan. “Some kids have never done this kind of activity before. They think it’s fantastic. The idea is for children to do something that gives them energy, so that they can focus on homework again. And what could be more fun than a nice game of basketball?’
Extra language education
After a positive first half year, Calvin Juliana is expanding. ‘We will also use our subsidy for extra language education, social-emotional skills and extra homework moments. All students participate in this. The sports and cultural activities remain optional. We hope to give children a chance in this way.’ The lessons are given immediately after school by external (subject) teachers, for example from the SKVR and BB Rotterdam.
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