In School Clubs
ServICE is a student-run service conference held every year in Bangkok for high school students. The ICE stands for inspire, connect and empower. The mission of this activity club is to inspire kids about issues and global challenges, develop better connections between schools, especially related to services, and empower them towards action.
So far this year, student members have been actively trying to reduce the amount of plastic used by students and staff at PHS, as well as developing a recycling program with the local authorities.
The Robotics Club commenced training in early June 2018, as students set themselves the goal of qualifying for the 2018 World Robotics Olympiad and the 2019 First Lego League. Students trained with ‘ClickRobot’, a school that specialises in robotics coaching in preparation for the competitions. PHS sent two teams to the regional competition in Khon Kaen,and although students did not qualify for the international final round, the competitions proved to be a great learning experience for students and teachers alike. In March 2019, the school again sent two teams to the First Lego League competition in Bangkok and their hard work was finally rewarded with a silver medal in the Project Award category.
3D Printing Club
Around the world schools and universities are quickly adopting 3D printing as a tool for students to learn the principles of quickly designing and manufacturing a product. With 3D printing set to play an integral role in the future of industry and society, it is important for our future generation to be familiar and to have experienced this technology. 3D printing lends itself to many topics in education, such as 3D design, mathematics, physics, product development, and problem-solving.
The PHS 3D printing club is open to students from any grade level who want to learn about the whole process. They start by learning the basics of 3D Computer Aided Design software through a series of tutorials. When they have gained proficiency after producing their first print fresh out of the printer, they are free to let their imaginations run wild by designing and printing unique objects of their own creation. Our students can benefit from seeing their ideas come to life as they embrace this exciting technology which is rapidly growing in popularity.
PHS Radio Club
Every morning, PHS students arrive at school to sounds of the latest hits on the radio. PHS radio is live!
Each week in activity time, students have production team meetings; determine themes for the show, work on show schedules and show-clocks, checking time slots for each song. Each group has a day’s slot – from 7.00am to 7.50. They present their radio show, music, interviews, notices, and the News. Each member of the team plays an important role, as a DJ, newsreader, producer, or support. The team work together to ensure the show comes off smoothly.
Chess and Board Games Club
Every activity period students can relax and play a variety of board games. This is a great opportunity for the students to chat and learn how to play different games. Primarily, this was a chess club, but this year it was decided to expand it and purchase some new board games for the students to play. The students really enjoyed the variety of games on offer.
The club provides students with the opportunity to develop planning and problem solving skills as well as to develop interpersonal skills. It also helps to develop their English language and spelling skills. Students are able to socialize with one another. This is an opportunity for students to teach each other different strategies and techniques, and to develop new friendships between different grade levels. It is the intention to expand the club so that students will be given the opportunity to enjoy competition against other schools.
The gardening club was initiated inline with current government and MOE initiatives relating to sustainability. It was hoped that the club would highlight the amount of wasted produced by the school and how this could be effectively recycled and used to help a school garden. Another aim of the club was to teach students about self sufficiency by showing how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
The club progressed during the semester and began by learning about compostable school waste that could be used to make natural fertilizer. Students then designed and built their own compost bins and began to collect school waste. After this they built their own self watering seeders to grow fruit and vegetables from seeds. An automated watering system was built for use during holidays to prevent the plants from drying out. Throughout the semester students took care of the plants and eagerly awaited the production of their own home grown fruit and vegetables.
The aim of the cooking club was to cultivate the students’ ability to confidently prepare food expertly and independently of adult supervision. Each week teachers identified a specific recipe which was delicious and able to have been cooked from start to finish within the activity time-frame, and shared the details with students in advance. Students then split into groups to prepare their ingredients and cook each recipe. Teachers then tasted and allocate points to each group according to the flavor and substance of each dish. Strong emphasis was placed on these four steps: preparation, cooking, safety, and cleaning. Kitchen safety and cleanliness was an important element of the lessons in order to instill a sense of responsibility.