Students from Grade 6-10 participate in a wide range of clubs related to their interests and passions.
Each club has a clear student leadership structure – this will provide many more students with the opportunity to learn and practice leadership. The clubs are roughly divided into two main categories. The first is our service groups, some examples are:
Student Council- Elected Student Government. Student Council members represent their grade in service projects to better the student experience.
Student Ambassadors - Students represent the school at important functions, open houses,
Animal Rights – seeks to highlight the plight and support conservation for wild animals and improve living conditions of pets amongst other animals.
Children’s Benefit – seeks to support young students in a local orphanage.
Community Enrichment – seeks to identify projects in the Beijing community and local village that the school can support
Goodwill Club- Seeks to improve student life, safety, and relationships within the student community at Daystar
Elder Support- Seeks to support elder adults within the community with a variety of projects
The other type of club is that of a skill or interest, these are important to allow students to develop their creativity, explore new domains of knowledge and seek to apply problem solving to a wide range of context.
Entrepreneurship- Working to develop the entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen of our students
Communications/Publications – Journalism, Photography and the Yearbook development
Visual Arts Club- a variety of art expressed through different mediums and forms
Performing Arts – a club to allow students to express themselves through dance or theatre
Table Top Games and Design– A wide variety of games including chess, strategic board games, as well as card playing and language development games
Computer Design, Repair and Building – A club organized and run by many 10th grade students who are teaching and working together to learn more about the inner workings of a computer
Ted-Ed Presentation and Podcasting- public speaking and/or writing a script for a live podcast
Problem Solvers – looking at strategies to improve the environment
Mock Trial- Public speaking and debate. Learning how to defend a position with regards to a topic.
Kids Read- A book reading challenge that students read a wide range of books and enter into a competitive team competition to judge their understanding of these books.
Model United Nations - is an educational simulation and academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.
Chinese Debate - is aimed at students with a flair for speaking and interest in exchanging ideas on a wide-range of topical and social issues.
World Scholars Cup - The World's Scholar Cup is an international team academic program with more than 15,000 students participating from over 65 countries every year.
Columbia Business School’s Venture for All® - is a global initiative for talented students and professionals who seek to develop the entrepreneurial mindset needed to succeed in the classroom or business world.
Daystar Academy TV - we’re very proud to play host to something that’s quite unique in high school education: a functioning television studio and station, operated completely by students.
Super curricular – In depth extension opportunities for preparing for international competitions for subject specific content. Examples will include Harvard-MIT Math Competition and so forth.
By ensuring students have a balance between service and passion/skills clubs, we are ensuring that throughout the school we try to cultivate future entrepreneurs, who are socially conscious and most important want to improve the lives of not just themselves but of those around them, locally and globally. Our intention is for each club there is a culminating event that they arrange for the community or to raise awareness and funds for their respective causes.