What is the significance of CAS?
CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience.
It provides opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from their work.
At the same time, CAS is an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the DP.
How is CAS structured?
The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows:
Requirements for CAS projects
CAS requires students to take part in a range of activities and projects. These should always involve:
However, the IB does recommend that students take part in at least one project involving teamwork. All students should be involved in activities they’ve initiated themselves.
To start off, it is always a good idea to write down where your interests lie. What could you develop? What would you like to learn?
Next, ask people around you. You don't have to do all projects by yourself, you can work in groups. Are there any organisations in your neighbourhood that could use some volunteers? Is there a student struggling with the schoolwork in your school that you could help with his/her homework? Your experiences do not necessarily have to be within one of the three strands: combining is allowed!
Try not to do something that is already within your comfort zone. If you are a really good singer, you would not be pushing your limits by taking a workshop in singing. Try to think of something more challenging, like organising a concert (and maybe raise some money for charity with it!), or teaching your skills to someone else.
There are a lot of different things you can do: just check with your CAS coordinator for a green light if you're not completely sure.
CAS Experiences should be recorded via managebac and all possabilities and reminders will be posted on our facebook page_ and messaged via managebac.