Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is at the heart of the IB Diploma Programme and complements a challenging academic program in an holistic way. It is one of the 3 essential elements in every student’s diploma experience.
CAS enables students to grow as unique individuals through experiential learning, and to understand they are members of local and global communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment.
CAS is organised around the 3 strands of creativity, activity and service
Creativity – exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance.
Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy life-style.
Service – collaboratively and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.
Key to a student’s CAS Program is personal engagement, choice and enjoyment of CAS experiences. Throughout the programme students undertake a variety of CAS experiences and they must also undertake at least one CAS project with a minimum duration of one month.
To complete their CAS program, students are required to achieve the seven CAS learning outcomes comprising:
- Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
- Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process
- Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience
- Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences
- Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively
- Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
- Recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions
Students reflect on CAS experiences at significant moments throughout the CAS Program and maintain a CAS portfolio of authentic reflection. Reflections in CAS may be expressed through a paragraph, a letter, a poem, a comic strip, a dramatic performance, a song, a drawing, a dance, a video journal or other forms of expression. The appropriate occasion, amount and method is the student’s decision.
Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma. These are:
- Create a CAS proposal and personal profile at the end of Year 10 and submit to the CAS Advisor for approval.
- Enter the CAS plan in your ManageBac Portfolio (internal software program). All activities and projects must have a detailed description of student involvement and specific responsibilities and identify CAS strands and Learning Outcomes addressed.
- Complete and upload authentic Reflections on your involvement in CAS, addressing the nominated Learning Outcomes for each experience/project.
- Gather and upload rich Evidence of participation and completion of each experience/project. Guidelines are in the CAS checklist.
- Attend monitoring meetings with the Success Coach over the 18-month CAS program. These will occur at the end of Semesters 1 & 2 in IB1, at the end of Terms 1, 2 and at the CAS sign-off in Term 3 IB2.
- Participate in three CAS interviews with your Advisor – one at the beginning of the program, one at the end of Year 11 and a final interview upon completion of CAS.
Students are expected to share and demonstrate their CAS accomplishments with the QACI community through Assembly presentations, newsletter articles and (via the QACI Media Team) in social media publications.
CAS is now becoming recognised in university scholarship applications as it demonstrates a 2-year journey of experiential learning aimed at developing the whole person.