What is Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)?

At One World International School, a key component of our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) is Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS). CAS provides opportunities for students to take on new challenges, cultivate new and existing skills and collaborate with their peers to serve the larger community.

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.

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How Does CAS Work?

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. 

CAS promotes students' emotional, physical, social and intellectual development.

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.

Examples of CAS projects may include:

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.

Getting Started with CAS

Students start their CAS journey at the beginning of the IB Diploma course. The programme runs for 18 months. We present CAS as an opportunity for students to pursue their talents and passions, gain new skills and build on their existing skill-sets.

We provide training sessions for teachers so that they can support students as they go through the various learning phases required to complete their projects. OWIS also provides webinars for parents and students. This prepares students to begin thinking about what they want to accomplish through CAS.

At OWIS, we take a well-rounded approach to implementing CAS. Volunteering and other participation opportunities centre on:

Residential trips to acquaint students with local, national and global issues

Service projects coordinated with community members

Partnerships with NGOs

Not only is CAS an essential part of the Diploma Programme, but it also aligns with our vision and goals. At OWIS, we place considerable emphasis on service. Beginning during the primary school years, we teach students the importance of helping those in need and treating others with respect and compassion.

Long before our students are old enough to participate in CAS, they begin building an understanding of problems and issues impacting the local community and the world at large. They gain this awareness through:

Activities and assemblies that promote awareness

Volunteering

School-wide charitable efforts, such as fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

CAS complements our mission to support students' learning and personal growth while equipping them to make lasting contributions to the world around them.   

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