CREATIVITY, ACTION, SERVICE (CAS)
CAS is a fundamental part of all Diploma students’ programmes. As a guide, students are expected to complete a minimum of 150 hours during the two years of the Diploma.
Creativity is interpreted as imaginatively as possible to cover a wide range of Arts and other activities and to include creativity by the individual student in designing and carrying out service projects.
Action can include participation in expeditions, individual and team sports and physical training. It can also include carrying out creative and service projects as well as training for service.
Service is community or social service. It can be service to individual people, to communities of people or to the local or wider environment.
The programme is designed to provide a challenge to each student in each of the three areas of creativity, action and service; to provide opportunities for service; to complement the academic disciplines of the curriculum and to provide a balance to the demands of scholarship placed upon the student; to challenge and extend the individual by developing a spirit of discovery, self-reliance and responsibility; to encourage the development of the student’s individual skills and interests.
A written, critical self-evaluation of personal performance is required from students for each activity. The self-evaluation or ‘reflection’ process encourages the development of critical thinking skills and enhances students’ awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses.
Students consider in their evaluations the extent to which they have developed personally as a result of the CAS activity; the understanding, skills and values acquired through the experience; and how others may have benefited from the activity.
Self-evaluations are reflective rather than descriptive, narrative reports.
The School is required to record and evaluate all CAS work. These records focus on attendance, punctuality and time spent on the activity; evidence of initiative, planning and organisation; the amount of effort and commitment displayed; and a student’s personal achievement and development, taking into account skills and attitudes at the start of the activity.
Students are required to demonstrate a number of Learning Outcomes. As part of this CAS programme students should have:
- Increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth
- Undertaken new challenges
- Planned and initiated activities
- Worked collaboratively with others
- Showed perseverance and commitment in their activities
- Engaged with issues of global importance
- Considered the ethical implications of their actions
- Developed new skills