More schools adopt flexible timetables

The Christ Church Secondary School basketball team trains and the band holds rehearsals on Fridays, when textbooks are ditched for co-curricular activities. The school's four-day lesson week has been in place since 2010 and CCA attendance rates have
The Christ Church Secondary School basketball team (above) trains and the band holds rehearsals on Fridays, when textbooks are ditched for co-curricular activities. The school's four-day lesson week has been in place since 2010 and CCA attendance rates have soared to nearly 100 per cent.ST PHOTOS: TIMOTHY DAVID
The Christ Church Secondary School basketball team trains and the band holds rehearsals on Fridays, when textbooks are ditched for co-curricular activities. The school's four-day lesson week has been in place since 2010 and CCA attendance rates have
The Christ Church Secondary School basketball team trains and the band (above) holds rehearsals on Fridays, when textbooks are ditched for co-curricular activities. The school's four-day lesson week has been in place since 2010 and CCA attendance rates have soared to nearly 100 per cent.ST PHOTOS: TIMOTHY DAVID

Four-day lesson week, time for unstructured play and CCAs among initiatives taken

An air of anticipation fills Christ Church Secondary School every Friday morning. The reason is simple: There are no academic lessons that day. Students come to school in T-shirts bearing the names of their co-curricular activities (CCAs).

Textbooks are ditched for basketball practice, band rehearsals and other CCA sessions. Everyone is dismissed by 12.40pm.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2019, with the headline 'More schools adopt flexible timetables'. Print Edition | Subscribe