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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.





 

David Morgan

Head of Secondary School
European Section



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Registration period: 22 June, 2017 – 21 June, 2023

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IB Curriculum

The English speaking European Section of GESS is a fully fledged International Baccalaureate World School, and one of the few in the world who are authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Since opening in 2005, the European Section has grown rapidly to become a school with a reputation for quality education with a strong community feel. We now have over 600 students. The vast majority of our students are European passport holders, for whom GESS represents a vital connection with home. Students are thus provided with a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which they are challenged to thrive as they grow into independent and responsible global citizens.

Our academic and pastoral programmes are designed to support this demographic and ultimately to prepare our students for returning to Europe or for entry into European universities. To this end we endeavor to support mother tongue language acquisition so that our students do not lose this vital connection with their home culture. Fortunately, given the high entry requirements into European schools and colleges, this also means that our students are especially well prepared for study all over the world, particularly North America, the UK and Australia.

The Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.

 

German Curriculum

Since the school was founded in 1971, the school has evolved into a school with two sections. As an accredited “Excellent German School Abroad”, the German Section of the German European School Singapore (GESS) offers all major German school leaving certificates. The European Section is an authorized IB World School offering education in English across all three IB programmes.

The German Section supports the students to develop their German roots. We give them wings for the linguistic demands of a globalized world through our differentiated English programme from grade 1 onwards. In secondary school some subjects are taught in English. Our students are benefitting from numerous bonding activities and have additional space to enjoy the internationality of the school.

Our Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age. 

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