What is CAS exactly ?
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) is a fundamental part of the IB Diploma Programme. Along with the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge, CAS forms part of the Core Curriculum and it is one of the requirements for graduation.
The main focus of CAS is to encourage students to take the initiative to get involved in activities which take place outside the classroom –activities which are designed to get them moving, get them creating, get them thinking, get them serving in communities both at home and abroad.
Over the course of two years, students are expected -and encouraged- to engage in a variety of activities ranging from group sports to music lessons to humanitarian projects which they record (in the form of hours), and for which they write brief reflections detailing what they’ve learnt and how they’ve grown as individuals.
At the end of their second year, students should have completed approximately 150 hours of activities spread out as evenly as possible over the three categories of Creativity, Action and Service.
What is CAS at IBS ?
At IBS, students work closely with the CAS Coordinator to accomplish activities which are enriching both to them and to the community. The CAS Coordinator is responsible for following the progress of students, for ensuring that they accomplish all CAS requirements, and for communicating new opportunities which are suitable for CAS.
Students’ progress is monitored by the CAS Coordinator, CAS Advisors and CAS Supervisors.
In addition to providing important leadership, team-work and creative experiences for IB students, the CAS programme at IBS also offers our community vital resources. Student volunteers are responsible for organizing many school events -such as the Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s day parties- and they are also responsible for hosting student clubs, such as the Model United Nations Club and the Homework Club.
IBS partners with school in Senegal
IBS of Provence has also partnered with a school in Senegal CEM, thanks to the CAS efforts of Syrah Ribourel (class of 2013). Our long-term partnership with this school includes identifying ways in which we can help them improve their learning conditions. Learning materials, textbooks and more importantly, the construction of a new building are currently underway.
For more information, you can visit the website: www.educationwithoutborders.fr.