Projects are student-initiated, leading to high levels of engagement and fostering a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Students gain insights that prepare them for dynamic, compassionate leadership.
Creativity encourages students to complete a project that demonstrates "outside the box" thinking or reflects students' unique personalities and interests. This component allows students to explore and extend their capacity for original thinking and expression. Cultivating creativity enables students to delve more deeply into their interests, develop new skills and build on existing skills.
The activity component empowers students to take on a new physical challenge, try a new sport or hone an existing athletic skill. This component of the IB DP is intended to encourage students to challenge themselves while cultivating self-discipline and establishing healthy habits related to physical well-being. This puts students on track to make physical fitness a lifelong pursuit.
Service is a crucial element of learning at OWIS. Students organise service projects and enjoy volunteering in the community. This strand of the IB DP programme enables students to partner with community stakeholders to provide practical solutions to pressing problems. Students also explore different ways to apply what they're learning in the real world while cultivating their creative thinking, collaboration and communication skills.
In CAS, students participate in meaningful activities that have impactful outcomes. Students come up with ideas, plan projects, put them into action and reflect on their experiences along the way. Students regularly check in with a CAS adviser to share project ideas and report on their progress.
CAS experiences can be associated with each of the subject groups of the Diploma Programme. Teachers can assist students in making links between their subjects and their CAS experiences where appropriate.
Creativity. With this strand, students create original or interpretive work.
Activity. This component promotes physical exertion, encouraging students to set a new athletic goal, take up a new sport and pursue a healthy lifestyle.
Service. Students collaborate with one another, as well as community members, to meet a legitimate need, such as assisting nursing home residents.
Each CAS project is undertaken for at least a month’s duration so that it is more than a one-time event and can have a deeper impact on everyone involved.
Fundraising for a local charity
Tutoring younger children
Learning a new sport
Coaching a youth sports team
Composing a new piece of music
Creating a documentary on the community's history
Projects can encompass one or more strands. For example, organising a concert to raise money for a children's hospital would involve creativity and service. Service projects are usually done in the local community, and sometimes even internationally.