Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
CAS is a compulsory component of the IB diploma and aims to give students the opportunity for experiential learning beyond the curriculum. Students are required to complete activities for each of the three components of CAS. There is also a significant amount of recording, planning and reflecting that our students need to undertake for each activity. CAS is organized around the three strands of creativity, activity and service defined as follows:
CREATIVITY – exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
ACTIVITY – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
SERVICE – collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
For student development to occur, CAS should involve:
- Real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes
- Personal challenge (tasks must extend the student and be achievable in scope)
- Thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress and reporting outcomes
- Reflection on outcomes and personal learning
The guideline for minimum amount of CAS activity is approximately the equivalent of half a day per school week (three to four hours per week), although there is no specific time requirement.
The CAS programme formally begins at the start of the Diploma Programme and continues regularly on a weekly basis for at least 18 months with a reasonable balance between creativity, activity, and service. All CAS students are expected to maintain and complete a CAS portfolio as evidence of their engagement with CAS. The CAS portfolio is a collection of evidence that showcases CAS experiences and student reflections. Completion of CAS is based on student achievement of the seven CAS learning outcomes. Through their CAS portfolio, students provide the school with evidence demonstrating achievement of each learning outcome. Students engage in CAS experiences involving one or more of the three CAS strands. A CAS experience can be a single event or may be an extended series of events.
Students should undertake a CAS project which is of minimum one month’s duration. Students use the CAS stages (investigation, preparation, action, reflection and demonstration) as a framework for CAS experiences and the CAS project. They should also be involved in one service outside of school. There are three formal documented interviews that students must have with their CAS coordinator/adviser.