Creativity, activity, service (CAS) is one of the three essential elements that every student must complete as part of the IB Programme. Studied throughout the course, CAS involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies. For many students, taking part in ECAs is a regular feature of their school lives, so CAS is a great way for them to record and reflect on their achievements. For other students, CAS gently encourages them to step outside of their comfort zone and take part in something they otherwise might not have experienced.
Students this year are already engaged in a wonderful range of activities, including: creating a mural for a local primary school, teaching yoga, learning new languages, raising awareness for the Think Pink charity, and teaching younger students about philosophy.
CAS provides opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from their work. At the same time, CAS is an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of school work. It is always a real pleasure to look back at the end of the course at their varied and interesting accomplishments.
Author: Luke Tayler (CAS Coordinator)