Creativity, Activity and Service projects
CAS takes education beyond the classroom and gives students the chance to devise their own Creativity, Activity and Service projects. In doing so, students challenge themselves whilst helping others. CAS is a fundamental element at the core of the IB Diploma. Emphasis is placed on the experiential learning and students should be involved in a balanced challenging range of activities. The IB defines CAS as:
- Creativity: exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance.
- Activity: physical exertion contributing to healthy lifestyle.
- Service: collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.
Students need to take part in activities in each of these three strands. Students can choose from the range of activities offered in school and supplement them with other projects outside of School. They are to reflect on their interests and the personal challenges they would like to set themselves. They are to keep an up to date portfolio that documents their planning, evidence and reflections. Each student has an account with Managebac which is the electronic platform where the evidence is to be recorded. Students are advised to start participating in their projects as soon as possible and need to be involved with CAS for at least 18 months. Throughout the eighteen months students will have three compulsory interviews with the CAS Coordinator.
Action (learning by doing and experiencing) and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the programme, especially in the MYP community project.
At ISH ‘Service as action’ is highlighted through our successful Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Ghana projects where students have been fundraising and volunteering to help rebuild communities.