Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is at the core of the Diploma Program. It is one of the three essential elements in every student’s Diploma experience and is a mandatory part of the IB Core. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Program.
CAS is organized around 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 life-style
- service- collaboratively and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma. CAS is not formally assessed but students need to document their activities and provide evidence.
All CAS students are expected to maintain and complete a CAS Portfolio as evidence of their engagement with CAS. The portfolio is a collection of evidence that showcases their experiences and demonstrates achievement of the seven CAS learning outcomes.
- 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
The emphasis is on learning by doing real tasks that have real consequences, providing evidence of participation, and then reflecting on these experiences over the time of the activity. CAS is now becoming very important in university scholarship applications as it shows the “whole person”. The CAS portfolio now also includes the Certificate II in Active Volunteering which gives students a recognised qualification and opens pathways for Gap Year Volunteering projects.
Students are required to engage themselves in CAS experiences which can be a singular event or maybe an extended series of events and involve one or more of the three CAS strands. Further students undertake a CAS project of at least one months duration that challenges students to show initiative, demonstrate perseverance and develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making.
At QACI we are passionate about the vital role the Creative Arts play in society through expressing ideas, developing empathy, giving a voice to the voiceless, advocating for change, and defining culture and identity. Students are encouraged to connect and align their Service with their creative identity.