The High School at HKIS offers many different opportunities for students to explore their passions, develop their identity, and serve the wider Hong Kong community. Whether you are interested in formal leadership, wish to use your skills to benefit others, or enjoy constructive, creative time with friends we are certain that we have a club that will appeal to you.
Early each school year, our Student Executive Council hosts a clubs marketplace- an opportunity to learn more about different club offerings. We encourage new students to find at least one service club and one other club that they will commit to for the year. Click on the categories below to learn a little more about each type of club available for students to engage with.
- Student Leadership
- Service Clubs
- Fine/Performing Arts
- Athletic Clubs
- Special Interest Clubs
- Academic Clubs
Student leadership is a serious business at HKIS. These are not clubs, but rather positions of leadership and service to the whole student body, which must be applied for and for which candidates have to meet specific criteria. If you are interested in learning more about how to apply to one of these groups, speak with your student Ambassador who will be able to connect you.
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (ExCo)
In order to enhance the educational experience provided by the Hong Kong International School, we have endeavored to create a government that shall represent all aspects of student interest and concern. By providing a forum whereby students have the opportunity to voice their opinions, we encourage effective and responsible action in response to school issues and are dedicated to fulfilling the school's mission statement.
The mission of the Ambassador Board is to create a group of students who act as representatives of HKIS and benefit our school by helping integrate students and parents easily into our community. The Ambassador Board members follow this mission by engaging in efforts aligned with HKIS SLRs.
Our responsibility is to raise school spirit throughout the year.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS)
The purpose of the National Honors Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership and to develop character in the students of HKIS.
STUDENT DIGITAL LEADERSHIP TEAM (SDLT)
The Student Digital Leadership Team aims to serve and empower the HKIS community through the use of technology and its applications. Our members seek to promote the digital literacy of students while utilizing their technological proficiency to develop a wide range of projects and initiatives for our school.
As befits our school mission to dedicate our minds to inquiry, ‘our hearts to compassion, and our lives to service,’ the High School has a varied selection of service clubs. They provide opportunities for students to take a stand and make a difference on issues that matter to them from working to address animal welfare needs, to working to eradicate poverty and gender inequality, to serving the migrant worker communities here in Hong Kong. Many of our service clubs have a long history at HKIS, exemplifying the dedication, commitment and partnership between our High School students, and the wider Hong Kong community.
Anne Frank once said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Amnesty International’s mission and goal is to protect human rights worldwide. We envision a world in which every person enjoys all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. Amnesty International awaits your involvement and contribution in making our world a better place.
ANIMAL SAFETY AND PROTECTION (ASAP)
Animal Safety and Protection (ASAP) promotes animal rights and welfare in Hong Kong as well as throughout Asia. We are dedicated to the support of local animal welfare organizations through engaging in hands-on service outreach, raising awareness, educating the general public and fundraising.
THE CITIZEN'S FOUNDATION
The Citizens' Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides an education for underprivileged children in Pakistan. TCF club at HKIS strives to raise funds for the organization through McDonald's sales, poverty simulations, and an annual club sleep-out. We also try to introduce the Pakistani culture to HKIS students through Pakistani food sales and henna stalls.
MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY
Our purpose has its attention on helping Calcutta street kids through the organisation of the same name. We help by raising money through food sales and other fundraisers. One of the most unique features about this club is that it's linked to the Interim that travels to Kolkata.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat for Humanity strives not only to provide service to those in need, but also to get students directly involved in service. Going beyond fundraising, students have the opportunity to take part in builds throughout Southeast Asia so they can actually see and work with the people that benefit from their service. Habitat aims to provide a home for all those in need. Everyone deserves a place to build his or her families and memories, and Habitat aspires to ensure that happens.
Heifer is a nonprofit organization that aims to end world hunger and poverty by providing families in rural China with livestock, seeds, and extensive training to achieve self-reliance. HKIS Heifer club aims to raise fund and awareness by engaging in annual events such as Race to Feed, Pumpkin Festival and World’s Fair. With the majority of our fund donated to the victims of the Sichuan earthquake, we spread awareness on Day 512, the anniversary of the earthquake. Heifer works to provide hope and gifts to families in need.
The HKIS Interact Club aspires towards excellence in executive leadership and effective communication. As we are fully student-driven, our members must dedicate much of their time, talent and skill to make each event a success. Interact pioneered Noviera: Open Mic Night and maintained their annual fashion show to raise funds for specific organizations picked every year.
MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION
Make A Wish (HKIS Chapter) aims to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in India and in Hong Kong. Our members dedicate their time volunteering at school-wide events such as PFO Pumpkin Fest, Lose the Shoes and PFO World’s fair, bake/food sales at lunches, as well as larger events hosted by Make A Wish Hong Kong.
As a service club, UNICEF aims to provide local and international humanitarian aid for children. Within Hong Kong, UNICEF members teach English to underprivileged children and distribute essential goods in urban slums. We fundraise for global causes like water sanitation in Cambodia and the recovery of the American Cooperative School of Tunisia through school events, monthly sales, and children’s' birthday parties. UNICEF also holds a street performance every year to raise awareness about its service initiatives in Cambodia.
ZONTA CLUB (Z Club)
Initially established by the auspices of Zonta Club in Hong Kong, Z Club in HKIS aims to serve the local community of Hong Kong through fundraising events, voluntary work, and monthly sales. Every year, Z Club organizes Dinner In The Dark for ORBIS, and Encore, a singing contest that fundraises for Christian Action. In school, Z Club sells Cha Siu Fan and Valentine’s Day roses. Out of school, our voluntary services range from teaching English to underprivileged children, flag days, to elderly home visits.
THE GREEN INITIATIVE
At HKIS, we seek to develop ‘collaborative, creative, resilient learners’ and our arts clubs play a significant role in that. Students can pursue their passions in specific areas from continuing to develop and celebrate their visual arts skills through photography or multimedia, to sharing their joy and love of performance through specialized singing and music groups, dance, and even technical theatre. The High School performing arts clubs provide safe spaces beyond the classroom for students to continue to practice and refine their craft, and develop their skills- there is room for everyone.
Art Club on the surface is self-explanatory; we are a spirited club at HKIS that fully devotes its time and energy in doing all sorts of art, from sculpture to screen-printing. Beyond spending time immersed in our art, we engage the surrounding community as well, providing various clubs and individuals design and artistic services for free.
Members are selected through auditions held early in the year and a group of 8-12 is formed comprised of both boys and girls in all grades. Throughout the year, we practice on a weekly basis in preparation for performances in school, like music concerts and assemblies; but also for out of school events like the Rugby 7's. Chamber Choir allows individuals to sing music like pop, jazz, and R&B which would not otherwise be sung during regular choir classes.
Drama Club is an outlet for the creative performing arts. Meeting once a cycle, the club strives to give Drama enthusiasts a place to grow and learn all about the various forms of theatre. We strive to make sure that all students are included, and hope that each of our members has a great time. Drama Club students are passionate about their art, and make an effort to bring art to the community, through school gatherings, improv teams, one acts, monologues and more.
Film Club promotes an appreciation and understanding of filmmaking. Members develop production skills through creative projects and productions for other organizations in the community. Our activities include training in editing skills; filmmaking contests such as 48-hour and 80-minute events; recording and producing DVDs of club programs, concerts, plays, and athletic events; and organizing and/or joining film festivals as a culmination of the year's work.
HONG KONG DANCERS (HKD)
HKD provides an opportunity for practice, growth and performance in a variety of dance genres from lyrical to hip-hop to Broadway. Students have the opportunity to work with a professional as well as student choreographers to build their skill and passion for dancing. The proceeds of performances, such as our annual dance competition, Max'd Out and end of the year showcase, are donated to a charity, voted upon at the beginning of each year. HKD is where a group of diverse dancers come together to do what they love: dance.
JAZZ BAND 1
Jazz Band I meets every Tuesday to play swing, blues, funk, Latin and jazz rock. In the fall season, We usually play at three concerts and a community gathering. During the spring season we play at several public venues including the Rugby 7's
The Photography Club is dedicated to expressing ideas through our passion in photography. Our community consists of members that differ in both skill level and interest in various forms of photo taking. We unite as a club as we all share one thing in common: an avid passion for photography. The club hosts an annual Photography Club Photo Competition that falls after winter break, and members can gain assistance and further understanding in photography related areas.
TECHNICAL THEATER CLUB
Technical Theater is a club providing students the opportunities to work on the technical aspects of theater production in HKIS, including lighting, sound and video recording. Students are welcome to participate anytime and are only required to be committed to the shows they sign up for. We assist student productions and events. Commitment ranges from no rehearsals to several days of work. Training sessions are also available for anyone interested.
WOMEN'S A CAPPELLA
Women's A Cappella aims to be a fun, musical, inter-grade club of girls that get together and perform music. We'll discuss, rehearse, and perform various songs ranging from modern pop songs to classics and as a group, we will perform at different events including the pumpkin festival, the world's fair, and other charity events. We hope to grow together as a group and improve our skills in a cappella throughout the year.
MEN'S A CAPELLA
For students who express themselves best through the written word and graphic design, our publications clubs and a wonderful creative outlet. They provide opportunities to share reflections, learning and thoughts on current affairs, celebrate Chinese language and culture and, through the Yearbook, serve and learn more about the whole school, Elementary, Middle and High School.
BILINGUAL MAGAZINE: CHUAN LONG
A Chuan Long is the school’s student-run bilingual magazine that publishes three issues every year. Chuan Long’s three sections, writing, translation and layout, collaborate to provide the HKIS community with informative and entertaining magazines throughout the year. Each issue has a theme; themes from this year include fortune and aspiration. Chuan Long covers a vast array of topics, such as culture, arts and politics, which writers are encouraged to explore - from reviews of TV shows to the issue of National Education.
LITERARY AND ARTS MAGAZINE: INGENIUM
Ingenium is the HKIS print and online magazine that is dedicated to exhibiting the incredible literary and artistic talents and creativity of the HKIS student body. We curate and showcase the diverse, multifaceted stories, poems, art, and images that tell perceptive and insightful stories from Hong Kong and around the world.
A paper written, edited, and formatted by students, Junto provides the latest news on HKIS and Hong Kong issues and events. Prospective reporters, photographers, and layout editors are all welcome to apply to join the Junto staff.
Yearbook Orientale is dedicated to capturing the best of HKIS’s school culture. All of our members are involved in the creation of one of the most valuable keepsakes that is sure to revive great memories for all students, whether it be 10, 20, or even 50 years from now. Our committed members put in many hours and much effort to package the year’s accomplishments and experiences from all four school divisions.
Our Athletic Clubs provide an opportunity for students to keep active and build relationships without having the same level of expected competition as our HKIS athletics teams. Students with an interest in a particular sporting field can connect with peers to learn the rules, develop the skills and apply to friendly games.
Fencing is a sport that challenges one both physically and mentally. Strategy and agility is key in this sport, as well as endurance and a highly motivated and determined mindset. The fencing club boasts a tight-knit group of fencers from all backgrounds of experience. We train in a safe environment, and have access to our own equipment stored inside the school. We gain new members every year, both novices and experienced fencers, and we work to promote the sport throughout the HKIS community.
Lacrosse is one of the most popular traditional North American sports and yet is little known outside of the US and Canada. Our goal as a club is to promote lacrosse at HKIS and allow lax boys and girls to keep up their playing overseas. During practice we provide coaching in stick skills, gameplay, fitness, and opportunity to scrimmage. Beginners and veterans alike are welcome on our girls’ and boys’ teams!
The Outdoor Pursuits Club provides opportunities for individuals to learn and develop attributes, to nurture a sense of adventure, and to develop personal and group skills. Leadership, organizational, communication, and decision-making skills are all components of outdoor experiences.Outdoor Pursuits includes but is not limited to the following: Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Navigation, Geocaching, Orienteering, Gorge Scrambling, Mountain Biking, Camping and other outdoor activities.
Special Interest Clubs
The widest category at HKIS, special interest clubs can include everything from Christian Fellowship to chess, from cookery to debate. Special interest clubs allow every student to find their community. As well as student leaders being incredibly invested in these areas of interest, they are supported by faculty sponsors who are keen to support students in cultivating their love of the subject- and are probably as invested in the experience as the students themselves!
LOSE THE SHOES
MODEL UNITED NATIONS
YOUNG WOMEN'S SOCIETY
HKIS has a strong academic reputation, and academic clubs provide students with the opportunity to extend their interest beyond the classroom in areas they are passionate about. These clubs might allow students to design authentic, real world laboratory inquiries, build robots, apply their public speaking skills, or engage in competition with other schools in Hong Kong, across Asia and beyond.
CHINESE TUTORING CENTER
The purpose of this club is for qualified MNN students who are passionate about the Chinese language to help their peers in homework and/or projects. In addition, this club acts as a communication centre where both students and tutors' will be able to develop his or her Chinese culture by improving their Chinese language skills. There are students at a designated room during free periods and afterschool that are willing to help students who come in seeking help with their Chinese homework, projects, etc.
MATH AND SCIENCE TUTORING CENTER
The Math and Science Center aims to provide assistance to students in math and science. We also hope to promote a greater interest in math and science through Mole Day and Pi Day events. There is a 1:1 student-tutoring program where students may be tutored one on one with a tutor over the long term.
SOUTH EAST ASIAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION (SEAMC)
SEAMC is a club where students can come and hone their math skills by participating in international and local competitions such as the actual SEAMC competition itself, Purple Comet, and other competitions while learning challenging concepts. For those of you who enjoy math and/or want to get better at it, this is the place for you.