CAS is a fundamental element of every IBDP Programme and aims to challenge and extend students by developing a spirit of discovery and self-reliance. A meaningful CAS programme is a journey of discovery of self and others. For many, CAS is profound and life-changing.
CAS is intended to complement the academic disciplines of the curriculum and to encourage the development of individual skills and interests. It is organised around the 3 strands of creativity, activity and service defined as follows:
|Creativity||Exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance (eg dance, drama, music-making and crafts etc).
|Activity||Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle (eg team training, individual sports and expeditions).|
|Service||Collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the school or wider community in response to an authentic need.|
All students in the IBDP programme take part in Community Service as part of their CAS programme. We have well-developed contacts with a number of needy community schools, some of which have been active for a number of years. Students visit these schools in small groups on a weekly basis, having planned activities in advance. As it is very difficult to add meaningfully in a single weekly session to the curriculum being taught in the schools, ISL students focus on the types of activities that are not a part of the curriculum including art, craft, dance, drama and sports. They are encouraged to use their talents and skills in organizing activities. All necessary materials are borrowed from ISL (footballs etc) or provided by the students through collections or fund-raising activities. There is a well-stocked CAS room, organized and run by students for storage of these materials. A similar activity has recently been started at the children’s oncology ward at UTH for students who are aiming for a medical career.
In school, IBDP students participate in a range of service activities in addition to their service in the community. These projects range from buddy reading with primary students to Tech Team and Green Team and training younger students to take leadership roles in MUN. Activities might involve advocacy or be purely informational in order to raise awareness of issues in the student body. Many of the school-based service activities are for an extended period and possibly for the entire 18 months of the CAS programme.
The school and wider community are informed of service activities through the CAS noticeboard, the school website and ISL's Facebook page.
IBDP students also have to initiate and participate in a group project as part of their CAS programme. While these are not all service projects, many are and may involve fund-raising for a particular purpose or direct service to a particular group. Some include both, for example, a braai and games afternoon organized for street kids for which students organised a football tournament beforehand in order to pay for the food and drinks. Students may be engaged in 1, 2 or even 3 CAS strands during their project.
Below are photographs from a number of CAS Projects including reading buddies, Sunspring School, New Horizon School, Needs Care School and Mercy Ministries School.