New Clubs

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Makeup Club

The Makeup Club seeks to bring together editorial and creative makeup enthusiasts, giving them a platform to discuss their new ideas and learn from each other. The club will hold biweekly meetings, and is planning a series of special events to spread their members’ passion for makeup to the wider school community. For example, they aim to compile, publish and sell a magazine featuring members’ makeup designs, with the proceeds from the sale going to charity. “We welcome anyone who is interested, from a first timer to an expert,” says Harrison Yu (’20). “This club is for people who want to explore their talents, build themselves as artists, or just have some fun!”

To join Makeup Club, email harrisony20115318@tas.tw or oliviah20114728@tas.tw.

Back2Back

Founded by Christopher Chang (’19), Back2Back hopes to raise awareness and funds for disabled individuals, especially those with spinal cord handicaps. Though many new TAS clubs struggle to strike a balance between fundraising and direct engagement, Back2Back has been organizing plenty of both: the club plans to take members on regular hospital visits to assist patients with their rehab programs, while also fundraising for the Spinal Cord Injury Foundation and the League for Persons with Disabilities through sales. According to Christopher, the club hopes to attract committed members, “who feel a sense of empathy towards individuals with disabilities and want use the resources that we have to assist those in need.”

To join Back2Back, email christopherc19115696@tas.tw.


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Amnesty International

One of TAS’ more established clubs, Amnesty International (AI) advocates for human rights. Their popular AI Cafe charity show raises funds and awareness for human rights issues, and provides the perfect stage for music lovers to exhibit their talents while simultaneously helping the world. Amnesty also holds petition-signing campaigns to demand the release of political prisoners, and caps off the year with their Art Auction in March. TAS artists can submit their work to the Auction, which sold over 30 artworks to fund-raise for human rights last year. This year, AI will be led by president Alex Huang (’18), who says to prospective members: “”Human rights are increasingly under threat from all overjoin our fight!”

To join Amnesty International, email amnesty@tas.tw.

Dumbledore’s Army

Though TAS’s Room of Requirement is temporarily unavailable for their club meetings, the Dumbledore’s Army club unites Upper School fans of J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter universe. Activities include movie sessions and sales of themed treats; members set up a DIY potion bottle booth at Food Fair and Spring Fair, and hold a running House Cup trivia competition. Dumbledore’s Army also acts as a service club, donating proceeds to the Harry Potter Alliance, an organization founded by Harry Potter fans which focuses on various social issues. President Amanda Tsai (’18) says: “We bring the magic from the fantastic world of Harry Potter to make a real world impact to countries and schools in need.”

To join Dumbledore’s Army, email dumbledoresarmy@tas.tw.


Established Clubs

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Orphanage Club

Orphanage Club (OC) was founded in 1970 by veteran teacher Mr. Richard Arnold, and has showed no signs of slowing down since, with a whopping 96 members in 2016-17. For students who are serious about service, Orphanage Club offers countless opportunities to directly help the Taipei community, including outings to orphanages and the weekly FIVE English program. With US$ 2 million donated to charities throughout its 47-year history, the club’s social impact is unparalleledas co-president Melody Chen (’18) says, “It’s true that OC asks a little more time from its members, but we can attest to truly changing the world for the better.”

To join Orphanage Club, email tas.orphanageclub@gmail.com.

World Vision

“World Vision is all about helping underprivileged kids, while having tons of fun at the same time,” says club co-president Cynthia Yeh (12). The club’s booths at Spring Fair and Food Fair epitomize its relaxed, lively attitude, as World Visioners don flower crowns and run a massive bouncy castle for charity. Foodies might enjoy World Vision bake days, where members gather to make treats for the club’s signature bake sales, while the club’s Sunshine program provides a chance for TAS students to help local children with their English. While World Vision is widely known as a laid-back club which welcomes casual drop-ins, members who actively look for more responsibility often rise to officer positions.

To join World Vision, email worldvision.tas@gmail.com.

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