On August 30th, laughter and joy reverberated throughout the lush greenery under the floating clouds on SCLS’s campus. On this day, the annual Extracurricular Activity (ECA) Fair was held by the MS and HS International Division. Divided into nine categories, 81 ECA clubs set up vibrant booths within the indoor basketball court, showcasing their exciting displays and promotions. The atmosphere brimmed with energy and enthusiasm.
ECAs are a long-standing tradition and one special highlight of SCLS-ID’s whole-child curriculum. As a beneficial supplement to classroom teaching, ECAs uphold the spirit of “igniting potential through interest” and fomenting the passion required for lifelong learning. Over the years, the number and diversity of ECAs has continuously grown, nurturing students’ teamwork, innovative thinking, and social skills.
This year’s ECA Fair included many highlights. Let’s take a look with our student journalists!
Compared to previous fairs in the E and F Building hallways, moving the fair to the spacious indoor basketball court made it feel like a wonderful carnival!
除了场地的改变，本次的展览分为九大区域，分别为Arts（艺术）、Sports（体育）、Humanities（人文）、Community（社区）、STEM（科学、技术、工程和数学）、Competitions（竞赛）、 Reading（阅读）、Games and Chess （棋类游戏）与ASP（课后学术辅导）。门类相同的ECA的摊位摆放紧凑，让同学们能更快地找到感兴趣的ECA。为了能够吸引更多同学关注社团，许多社团负责老师和同学都设计了精彩的展示和互动。
The fair was divided into 9 zones: Arts, Sports, Humanities, Community, STEM, Competitions, Reading, Games & Chess, and Academic Support Programs. Clubs within the same category were clustered together, allowing students to easily find ECAs of interest. To attract more students, many clubs designed interactive displays.
As the student journalists browsed, they were deeply absorbed by all the objects, posters, and models on exhibit. With so many novel and interesting things, it was easy to linger at a booth, only to turn around and find oneself surrounded by a gathered crowd.
这次ECA Fair多了许多由学生们创建的ECA，比如模拟联合国、摄影社、Herstory in Literature and Film等。创建属于自己的ECA不但是一个挖掘自己感兴趣领域的契机，还能够锻炼自己的规划能力与领导能力。
This year’s ECA Fair featured many new clubs founded by students themselves, like Model United Nations, Photography Society, and Herstory in Literature and Film. Creating their own club was not only an opportunity to explore an area of interest, but also honed students’ planning and leadership skills.
This year, parents were invited to join students for the first time. The gym bustled as parents and children circulated around booths, pausing to listen as club founders explained ECAs of interest. In lounge areas, small groups gathered: some parents spoke with teachers to learn more about ECAs, while others discussed with their children which of the many appealing options to choose from...
The Vice Principal in charge of ECAs, Mr. Lister, spoke with parents and shared that the school has always emphasized well-rounded development and provided extensive ECA opportunities. This fair aimed to deepen parents’ understanding of our school’s educational philosophy and showcase students’ diverse talents. Undoubtedly this would strengthen cooperation between SCLS-ID and families to create an even better learning environment for students. Enriching extracurricular activities are an important part of modern education, reflecting the school’s commitment to nurturing the growth of every student.
Parents raved about the event. One mother remarked: “I’m so happy to join the ECA Fair with my daughter. I feel SCLS-ID provides an excellent growth platform for students. These activities not only elevate children's interests and abilities, but also let them make more friends and grow up happily.”
As Madame Soong said, “Give children the most valuable things.” This motto is engraved in the hearts of every SCLS teacher and student. The ECA Fair perfectly embodies this spirit, nourishing students’ growth and paving a broad path to a bright future. Our student journalists sincerely wish for us all to become brave ships exploring the world, unfurling our sails in the ocean of knowledge, charting our own course ahead.