Secondary After-School Activities

Winter Trimester Activities end on Friday, 17 March. Please scroll down for current trimester activity descriptions.

Spring Trimester Activities begin on Monday, 3 April. Registration for Spring will begin on Monday, 27 February at approximately 5:00pm Uzbekistan Time.

  • All parents will receive an email with a link to the electroinc registration form.
  • Registration for ASAs will only be accepted via electronic submission of the registration forms.
  • Registration will close at 9:00pm on Sunday, 5 March. Additional registrations will not be accepted after this time.

Tashkent International School (TIS) offers secondary students a wide range of after-school and co-curricular activities throughout the year. The activities are divided into three terms, or trimesters – fall, winter and spring. Some activities such as choir and student councils will run for the whole year. Other activities are only offered for one or two trimesters.

Once students have chosen an activity they are expected to attend the activity for the full trimester; it is not possible for students to change activities once they have started. Some activities are run by Russian-speaking instructors. As these activities are very much ‘hands-on,’ non-Russian speaking students will still be able to participate.

Please note students in Grades 6 – 8 are not permitted to remain on campus after school hours unsupervised. Students not participating in an activity should  be picked up at the regular dismissal time even if siblings are participating in another activity.

Classes are limited in size.  Should a class fill-up, an equal priority a lottery system will be used. When a class is full, students who wish to participate will be placed on a waiting list. On the other hand, we may have to cancel some activities if we do not have enough students registered.

There will be no activities on early dismissal days, such as parent conferences, or on days when there is no school. Throughout the school year, we may have to cancel an activity for reasons beyond our control (i.e. illness of the instructor or inclement weather). If this happens we will do our best to either find a substitute teacher or inform you as quickly possible.


ATHLETICS SCHEDULE:

Please DO NOT WAIT until after tryouts to register for an activity. Students who are accepted to a sports team will be allowed to cancel any conflicting activity, but the activities registration period will not be extended.

Tryouts and scheduling for athletic events and teams take place through the Athletics Department. For additional information please contact the Athletics Director. This schedule is posted here only for planning purposes:

  • Week One:
    • Varsity Girls Basketball: Monday : 16:30 to 18:00, Wednesday : 16:30 to 18:00, Friday : 15:30 to 17:00
    • Varsity Boys Basketball: Monday : 15:30 to 17:00, Wednesday : 16:30 to 18:00, Friday : 16:30 to 17:00
    • JV Girls Basketball: Tuesday : 15:30 to 17:00, Thursday : 16:30 to 18:00
    • JV Boys Basketball: Tuesday : 16:30 to 18:00, Thursday : 16:30 to 18:00
  • Week Two:
    • Varsity Girls Basketball: Monday : 15:30 to 17:00, Wednesday : 16:30 to 18:00, Friday : 16:30 to 18:00
    • Varsity Boys Basketball: Monday : 16:30 to 18:00, Wednesday : 16:30 to 18:00, Friday : 15:30 to 17:00
    • JV Girls Basketball: Tuesday : 16:30 to 18:00, Thursday : 16:30 to 18:00
    • JV Boys Basketball: Tuesday : 15:30 to 17:00, Thursday : 16:30 to 18:00

MONDAY ACTIVITIES:

Brain Teasers (G4 to G6) – Solving brain teaser problems, math, puzzles, mysteries, and games! Join Mr Jasur from Grade 5 on this mind expanding journey of discovery.

Playground Design (G6 to G12) – Design and create structures or games for the pre-school play ground. We will use recycled materials to make interesting items for the pre-schoolers to play with.

Co-Curricular Council (G6 to G12) – Co-Cu-Co members develop leadership skills through weekly meetings to plan, organize and review school events such as assemblies and the CABC. Co-Curricular Council is a yearlong activity. Note that this activity takes place during lunch from 1:20 to 2:10pm.

Yearbook – Monday (G6 to G12) – Be awesome – help create the yearbook!  Plan, design and create this year’s yearbook using your social, journalism and computer based design skills. Interested students should speak to Mr Erik about participation requirements.

Portrait Drawing (G6 to G12) – Traditional instruction in the tried and true methods of realist portrait drawing for the serious artist seeking indepth training.

Open Math Clinic (G6 to G12) – A drop-in clinic for students who need help with homework or classwork. Come as needed for mathematical assistance.  Note that registration is not necessary for participation in Math Clinic.

MS Production (G6 to G8) – All aspects of a theatrical production are covered in this activity which develops a piece of original theatre which is performed at the end of the Trimester. Note that registration is required for both the Monday and Thursday sessions.

MAD Mahalla (G8 to G12) – Make a Difference! Serve the local community! Plan and deliver fun English lessons to a group of children from a local malhalla. English is taught through science, art, games and many other areas!

TED Ed Club (G8 to G12) – Using TED Talks as models, you will learn a process for crafting effective presentations, learn techniques to help you conquer the fear of public speaking,  and create a TED style talk that will be filmed and submitted to TED for potential inclusion on the TED Ed YouTube channel. In order not to be rushed, this activity will run both 2nd and 3rd trimesters.

Top of the Props (G8 to G12) – In this exciting new activity, work with the TIS arts and design team to create actual props for use in the TIS drama productions!

3 on 3 Basketball (G8 to G12) – 3 on 3 has been a basketball format long played in streets and gyms across the world, and now it’s being offered here at TIS! Played three a side on one hoop, this activity offers participants an exciting opportunity to develop basketball skills, and have fun learning a new way of playing the game. Please note, this activity takes place on the outside basketball courts. Students must be dressed appropriately for the weather conditions, and this activity may require short notice cancellation due to snow or rain.

High School Student Council (G9 to G12) – We are responsible for creating, planning and carrying out amazing events for the high school body. In the past years we have planned events such as Nerd Party, Reign of Hearts and Spirit weeks. This year we are going to plan more totally awesome events! HS StuCo is a yearlong activity. Note that this activity takes place during lunch from 1:20 to 2:10pm.

SAT Math (G9 to G12) – Focus on SAT specific math problems with expert guidance.


TUESDAY ACTIVITIES:

Drawing Hands (G4 to G8) – We will learn a way to draw our own hands in a realistic way using line and value. Enhance your artistic skills!

Digital Design (G6 to G12) – Design Team will explore Adobe design software like photoshop, indesign and illustrator.  Graphic design, typography, layout, digital illustration, photo manipulation and more will be covered.

Digital Photography (G6 to G12) – Learn, explore and see the world from a different angle.  Photography is one of the world’s most popular hobbies for good reason!  Join to learn about composition, theory, technique and digital manipulation. Please note, a digital camera is required for this activity.

CEESA Strings (G6 to G12) – This activity is for violin, viola and cello players who are interested in learning Central Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) music. This group will also perform at Arts in the Park. Please note the following:
1) This trip has not been confirmed yet for String Players (this will happen in February).
2) This activity is open to all students in Grade 6-12, but only students in grades 9-11 will be able to travel (If the trip occurs)
3) A minimum level of music reading and playing the instrument is required.  Please talk to Mr. Odendaal if you are not sure about this.

Dungeons and Dragons (G6 to G12) – Back by popular demand, Dungeons and Dragons is a role-playing game with no limitations. Stretch your imagination to the far reaches of a fantasy world. In this original RPG anything can happen as long as you roll high enough, so the dice decide your fate. Create. Customize. Play. The character is yours you pick his Destiny. Delve into the wonderful world of Dungeons and Dragons. Please note, this activity runs 1.5 hours, from 3:30 to 5:00pm.

Middle School Student Council (G6 to G8) – MS Stuco organizes social and service events for middle schoolers. Note that this activity takes place during lunch from 1:20 to 2:10pm.

Digital Council (G6 to G12) – Digital Council is concerned with all things technical. We do our best to promote and improve the digital welfare of the school in any way possible. We create posters, give support, and share our humble knowledge with anyone interested. However that does not mean that only IT enthusiasts should apply, we organise plenty of fun events like Game Nights and Movie Nights and support other events, so anyone with a inclination towards a good time is welcome too. The work isn’t very crushing and usually rather fun, but we will count on your commitment. Note that this activity takes place during lunch from 1:20 to 2:10pm.

CEESA Choir (G6 to G12) – Students enrolled in CEESA Choir will be learning the repertoire for Central Eastern European Schools Association Choir. A select group of the choir will be permitted to travel to the CEESA choir event. Participation in this ASA does not guarantee a spot on the CEESA trip, and the trip will only be open to grades 10 and 11. We will also be singing for Arts in the Park and potentially several other school events, such as the Spring Ball. Please see Ms Alicia for additional details.

Environmental Matters (G8 to G12) – Students will work on ideas and actions which help to curtail their (negative) impact on the earth.

Service Learning Council (G9 to G12) – If you are someone who likes to give back to your community, volunteer, learn from your experiences then this council is for you. We will meet every Tuesday during lunch to coordinate the service learning opportunities at TIS, plan assemblies, lead homeroom sessions, raise awareness of service learning in the secondary school and develop more opportunities for TIS students. Note that this activity takes place during lunch from 1:20 to 2:10pm.

Trashion (G9 to G12) – Are you environmentally conscious? Do you enjoy recycling  and making use of discarded items for art and design? In the “Trashion” activity, we will use unwanted items and create unique fashion. Trashion is a growing worldwide trend in the fashion industry where  art, jewelry, fashion and objects for the home are created from used, thrown-out, found and repurposed elements. The activity culminates in a “Trashion Show” at the end of the trimester where you will be able to show off your creations!

MUN Team (TIS MUN) (G9 to G12) – A continuation from last trimester, Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation and/or academic competition in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.

Project 3580 (G9 to G12) – Project 3580 is a service learning opportunity. Here you will have the chance to learn about our partner school in Sierra Leone, Africa. You will learn about global issues such as poverty. We will debate and discuss the implications of NGOs and charities across the world. What are positive outcomes of these organisations? What harm do they create? What is responsible international aid? Project 3580 will also host the Dance and Singing competition fundraiser “Friday on Fire” in February.


WEDNESDAY ACTIVITIES:

Poetry Club (G6 to G12) – Poetry club will continue for Trimester 2 on Wednesday’s during the secondary lunch in Room 121. Come and appreciate this unique form of literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. Be creative and express yourself poetically. Note that this activity takes place during lunch from 1:20 to 2:10pm.

Chess Club (G3 to G6) – Due to popular demand, we are pleased to offer Chess club for Grade 3 to Grade 6 for the winter trimester. If you already know how to play chess, this is the perfect opportunity to advance your skills with TIS Chess superstars at the intermediate and advanced levels. Mr Bakhodir will lead this activity with special assistance from skilled secondary students. For trimester 2 we will meet in the Elementary Library. If you are a secondary student in Grades 7 to 12 and would like to be a mentor for this activity, please come see Mr Drew in the front office.

UNICEF Club (G6 to G12) – If you are interested in learning about UNICEF and advocating its causes, join this club!

Yearbook – Wednesday (G6 to G12) – Be awesome – help create the yearbook!  Plan, design and create this year’s yearbook using your social, journalism and computer based design skills. Interested students should speak to Mr Erik about participation requirements.

Football Skills Development (G6 to G8) – Call it soccer or football, this international sport comes back to TIS for Trimester 2 with Mr Yuri from the Physical Education Institute of Uzbekistan. Students will focus on advanced techniques and skills development in a fun football-camp style atmosphere. Please note, due to weather and field conditions, it may be necessary to cancel this activity short notice. Because this activity takes place outdoors, students should be prepared appropriately for winter weather conditions.

Make a Print (G8 to G12) – A service group that will work together to come up with creative ways to involve the TIS community in helping the local animal shelter. For instance, organising the annual Make a Print “Capture the Flag” event coming up in spring. We will also engage in direct service with animals from the shelter when possible.

School of Rock (G8 to G12) – We’re pleased to announce School of Rock, where you can be a part of a rock wave. This includes teamwork, unique creative atmosphere, concerts on various school events and much more. We welcome intermediate and advanced musicians, especially drummers, guitarists, piano players, saxophone, singers! Are you ready to ROCK!? Please note, if you are unsure of your musical skill level for this activity, please speak to Ms Elvira or Mr Odendaal.


THURSDAY ACTIVITIES:

Slackline (G3 to G12) – Have you seen Mr Jamie afterschool walking along the tightrope? Join to learn about how to rig a slackline (it’s not a tightrope!) and how to walk on it – maybe you’ll even be able to do some tricks! We usually meet in the Park, near the front entrance to the school campus, but we might have to move into the summer kitchen due to winter weather conditions. Please note, this activity takes place outside. Students should be dressed appropriately for winter temperatures.

Origami (G4 to G6) – Origami is a fun paper folding activity with links to ancient Japanese culture and tradition.  This activity is for those who love origami and for those who want to learn something new!

Homework Club (G6 to G10) – Homework Club is available for supervised serious study only for Grades 6 to Grade 10 on Thursday. Those attending will be able to use the computers in Lab B.  Students may sign up to attend as a regular commitment, or you may join on a drop-in basis.

Bananagrams (G6 to G12) – Bananagrams is an anagram game that will drive you bananas! Come learn to play a very addictive game in the library after school. Bananagrams is a fast paced word game, great for improving vocabulary, but mostly just oodles of fun with lots of laughter.

Catering Council (G6 to G12) – This council works closely with the other councils and events staff to coordinate delicious, nutritious catering is available for any group that wants it. From planning to cooking to distribution, this council covers all aspects of catering. Note that this activity takes place during lunch from 1:20 to 2:10pm.

MS Production (G6 to G8) – All aspects of a theatrical production are covered in this activity which develops a piece of original theatre which is performed at the end of the Trimester. Note that registration is required for both the Monday and Thursday sessions.

Math Counts (G6 to G8) – Can you solve the problem of the week? Join to overcome a fear of math or to nurture your love of numbers! Everyone is welcome.

Middle School Knowledge Bowl (G6 to G8) – A quiz show styled activity; students will play, and learn, with trivia questions from several genres.

Garageband Club (G8 to G11) – Have you ever heard of Garageband? Do you like creating music? Either you are a music student or not join us and you will learn a lot from it, meet us every Thursday in lab A.

Anime Club (G9 to G12) – Anime (アニメ) is used to refer specifically to animation from Japan or as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. In this activity, we will watch and discuss outstanding examples of the genre.

Spark Student Newspaper (G9 to G12) – Learn about the entire journalism process and everything involved – writing, interviewing, researching, market research, layout, editing etc. Contribute to the student newspaper and have your voice heard. Note that this activity takes place during lunch from 1:20 to 2:10pm.

Indoor Hockey (G9 to G12) – Did you know that indoor field hockey was first developed in Germany in the 1950’s, and that the first indoor field hockey world cup was held in 2003? In this new activity, students will practicing the skills of indoor hockey in the gym. Teaching basic skills like ball control, passes, shots and team play. Please note, gym rules regarding footwear apply.

Dance with me one more time (G10 to G12) – “You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life. See that girl, watch that scene, diggin the Dancing Queen” – Lyrics from the iconic Abba song will inspire you to embark on a memorable journey of dance. This activity will be supervised by Ms Thurow.


FRIDAY ACTIVITIES:

Evolution of Dance (G3 to G6) – Combine music, history, and crazy good exercise as we explore the changes in dance styles across time and cultures.  We’ll try our hand (well, mostly feet) at dances from different countries and eras and learn how the music, social structure, and even economics of a community shaped dance styles.  From tribal to ballroom to hip hop, we’ll sample a wide range and try our hand at choreographing based on our favorite styles.

Chamber Orchestra (G6 to G12) – This performing ensemble will rehearse music, develop technical skills, and perform when the opportunities arise. Ideally all participants have an intermediate playing ability and read music at a proficient level.

Yearbook – Friday (G6 to G12) – Be awesome – help create the yearbook!  Plan, design and create this year’s yearbook using your social, journalism and computer based design skills. Interested students should speak to Mr Erik about participation requirements.

Designers of TIS (G6 to G12) – Do you like drawing, crafting or designing? Or you like marketing and economics? My project will let you be creative in any way and will be helpful for those of you who pursue design as your future career! We will be making products for the clients and selling them. We also need people to promote our publicity. Any skills are welcome. And do not forget it covers all three strands of CAS – creativity, activity and service.

Middle School MUN (G6 to G8) – Led by two experienced MUN’ers who traveled to an international Model United Nations conference in Istanbul last year, participants will carry out research on various countries positions, then debate these issues in a public setting.

Honey Project (G8 to G12) – Join us! Go to the farm! Sell honey! Let’s all be philanthropic. Make your CAS page look good (11th & 12th graders). It is not as demanding as you think it is, at all. You will enjoy it. If you only wish to do one (either sales or honey farm), you can, but you still need to sign up! Note that this activity takes place during lunch from 1:20 to 2:10pm.

Coding – Android App Inventor (G8 to G12) – This activity is designed to give students an introduction to the world of coding! Create your own apps and games on the open-source android platform. Space is limited to just 15 highly motivated students in Lab B.

High School Knowledge Bowl (G9 to G12) – A quiz show styled activity; students will play, and learn, with trivia questions from several genres.


OTHER ACTIVITIES:

CEESA Band (G9 to G12) – Students who wish to participate in the Central Eastern European Schools Association Band activity should register here. The activity will be scheduled based on feedback from the group and the Secondary Music Teacher, Mr Odendaal. If you have questions regarding the requirements for participation in this activity, please speak to Mr Odendaal.