Creativity Action Service (CAS)

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The Creativity, action, service (CAS) requirement of the IB Programme takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship. It should challenge students to develop a value system by which personal growth is enhanced.

CAS is an experiential learning programme involving students in meaningful activities that have real consequences, while reflecting on these experiences over time. Students must document their CAS involvement in Year 1 through Year 2 of the Diploma Programme.

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.

Creativity
The Creative component asks students to become actively involved in creative activities. This could include creative thinking in the design and carrying out of a service project (Upper School Student Council, Yearbook, School Newspaper, etc). This often involves participation in music, theater, or art. Students must become active participants, not observers.

Action
The Action component includes participation in expeditions, individual and team sports, and physical activities outside the normal curriculum. Action could also be incorporated as part of a service project.

Service
Through Service, students engage in projects and activities that are often the most transforming elements of the Diploma Programme. Service involves interaction, such as the building of links with individuals or groups in the community. The community may be the school community, the community of Hong Kong, or it may exist on national and international levels. Service activities should not only involve doing things for others but also doing things with others. The relationship should therefore show respect for the dignity and self-respect of others.

Reflections of CAS
Students will be required to regularly reflection on their CAS experience as part of their CAS documentation. These reflections will culminate in IB Year 2 with a Final Reflection that demonstrates how students have met the expectations of CAS.

CAS and the OSSD Requirement
CAS activities that are community service related and undertaken in IB Year 1 and IB Year 2 (Grades 11 and 12) can also count toward the 40 hours of community service that all students in Ontario high schools must complete as part of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirements.