Co-Curricular activities undertaken by IB Diploma students are managed as part of the Creativity Action Service (CAS) Programme which has a central place in the IB Diploma model. It provides a ‘hands on’ opportunity for Diploma students to demonstrate commitment to the broad ideals of the IB as they venture out beyond the classroom.
CAS consist of three components….
C = Creativity – the ARTS and other experiences involving creative thinking.
A = Action – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle.
S = Service – voluntary exchange which has benefit to the learner and recipient.
The programme is complementary to the Academic programme and reflects the core values of the IB programme. It aims to develop a particular way of thinking about ones place in the world and it challenges students to reflect on their actions and how they relate to others –both locally and globally.
CAS should be thought of as a programme which encourages students to:
- Set goals – with a focus on new tasks.
- Engage in experiential learning – where they are
- Reflect on their actions and make links to other aspects of their course.
The IB Diploma student is assisted to set goals for each of the three components in the knowledge that school-based activities, as well as activities and facilities available outside the College can be used. The scope is broad to allow for maximum flexibility and choice:
CREATIVITY goals can be achieved by participating in such activities drama productions, music ensembles or even learning an instrument, taking art lessons or documenting a trip in a creative manner.
ACTION goals can be achieved by playing a PSA sport, taking part in an Outdoor Education Programme or any other physical activity. Participation in a team sport or other group activity is encouraged.
SERVICE goals can be achieved by volunteering to work with any community service group or taking part in a school-organised service task.
The College will ensure that boys undertaking the IB Diploma course will be afforded the flexibility needed to achieve their CAS goals. Boys will be assisted in designing a personal CAS programme which is both stimulating and rewarding.