Creativity, Activity, Service.
CREATIVITY Individual or school activities in any form of art, craft, drama, debate, photography, yearbook design, newspaper, dance, learning a musical instrument, musical production, choir, outdoor art education programs, and participation in concerts are examples of creativity.
ACTIVITY includes participation in trips/expeditions, individual and team sports, and physical activities where some sort of physical training is involved; it also includes physical activity involved in carrying out creative and service projects. School sport clubs, camping trips, coaching, self defense classes, refereeing, coaches aides, and leadership roles in outdoor education projects are examples of activity.
SERVICE involves interaction in the community. The community may be the school, the local area or may be on national or international levels. Service activities should not only involve doing things for others but doing things with others. Active participation in the charity clubs, help for disabled people, work at hospitals or orphanages, and concerts for disabled are examples of service.
All proposed CAS activities need to meet these four criteria; They should be:
- 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, reporting
- reflection on outcomes and personal learning.
“A good CAS programme should be both challenging and enjoyable, a personal journey of self-discovery. Each individual student has a different starting point, and therefore different goals and needs, but for many their CAS activities include experiences that are profound and life-changing.” – IB CAS Guide
As a result of their CAS experience as a whole, including their reflections, there should be evidence that students have:
- increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth
- undertaken new challenges
- planned and initiated activities
- worked collaboratively with others
- shown perseverance and commitment in their activities
- engaged with issues of global importance
- considered the ethical implications of their actions
- developed new skills
All eight outcomes must be present for a student to complete the CAS requirement. Some may be demonstrated many times, in a variety of activities, but completion requires only that there is some evidence for every outcome. At LCS we use the website ManageBac to record and monitor each student’s activities and learning experiences. Click here to discover some of our programs that our students are involved in.
A fresh set of learning outcomes has come into effect for students graduating in 2017 and after
- 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 recognize the benefits of working collaboratively
- Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
- Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions