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QACI Quirks - CAS Completion

 
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For QACI’s Year 12s, last Tuesday marked a moment of ecstasy in a year filled with stress, nervousness and anticipation. With our Connect Coaches, each and every student’s CAS portfolios were completed and marked off. As the redoubtable threat of summative IB exams approach, year students can breathe a sigh of relief; the Inner Core is now behind us. 


For those who don’t know, CAS stands for Creativity, Activity, Service. Alongside Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay, CAS forms the Inner Core of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Over the two years of CAS experiences, we have undertaken a variety of real-world based, purposeful activities that challenge each student individually. New skills in the areas we approached were developed, and the benefits of initiative, perseverance and collaboration were revealed to each of us. 


Personally, my many CAS experiences allowed me to consider the ethics of my actions, gave me opportunities to show commitment to an activity, and demonstrate my skills and overcome challenges. I engaged in both school-based and community-based activities that involved mentoring younger students, photography tasks, sporting events and fundraising for charity. 


Part of the inner core CAS requirement is that each of us also need to complete a CAS group project that we organised and put into action ourselves, demonstrating our enthusiasm, initiative and group work capabilities. The journey to complete CAS was a difficult one, but I know that my peers would agree with me when I say that it was worthwhile, and an essential element of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. It helped us to closer exemplify the 10 IB Learner profiles: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-taker, Balanced, Reflective. 


Now that CAS is over, we look back at the whole experience with a sense of self-fulfilment and pride in our actions. There are now other things to look forward to! With final exams approaching, and the Inner Core finished, we’re in the last stretch. I hope we can make it, and remember our IB and QACI voyage with fondness and satisfaction.


...article provided by Kevin Ding, Year 12 Student Media Team Member ​

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Last reviewed 13 August 2018
Last updated 13 August 2018