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Creativity, Action & Service

Creativity, Action & Service (CAS)

is part of the core of the IB Diploma Programme. At B.I.S., the philosophy behind CAS is part of the introductory workshops to the Hexagon Core along with Theory of Knowledge, and the Extended Essay.

Students are required to keep a journal and aim to accumulate their time until the spring of Grade 12. The guideline for the minimum amount of CAS activity is approximately the equivalent of half a day per school week (three to four hours per week), or approximately 150 hours in total, with a reasonable balance between creativity, action and service. “Hour counting”, however, is not encouraged.

What is CAS?

CAS stands for Creativity, Action and Service

  • Creativity is interpreted as imaginatively and as widely as possible to include the widest range of arts and other creative activities. It can include the creativity of students who are developing and carrying out service project.
  • Action is to be interpreted in the sense of physical exertion but does not include only sport. It can be considered when carrying out a service project.
  • Service is where the student goes beyond the limits of self-interest and personal gain and spends time helping others. This can involve giving service to the School, or to local, national and global communities.

Learning Outcomes

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,
    They are able to see themselves as individuals with various skills and abilities, some more developed than others, and understand that they can make choices about how they wish to move forward.
  • undertaken new challenges,
    A new challenge may be an unfamiliar activity, or an extension to an existing one.
  • planned and initiated activities,
    Planning and initiation will often be in collaboration with others. It can be shown in activities that are part of larger projects, for example, ongoing school activities in the local community, as well as in small student‑led activities.
  • worked collaboratively with others
    Collaboration can be shown in many different activities, such as team sports, playing music in a band, or helping in a kindergarten. At least one project, involving collaboration and the integration of at least two of creativity, action and service, is required.
  • shown perseverance and commitment in their activities,
    At a minimum, this implies attending regularly and accepting a share of the responsibility for dealing with problems that arise in the course of activities.
  • engaged with issues of global importance,
    Students may be involved in international projects but there are many global issues that can be acted upon locally or nationally (for example, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly).
  • considered the ethical implications of their actions,
    Ethical decisions arise in almost any CAS activity (for example, on the sports field, in musical composition, or in relationships with others involved in service activities). Evidence of thinking about ethical issues can be shown in various ways, including journal entries and conversations with CAS advisers.
  • developed new skills,
    As with new challenges, new skills may be shown in activities that the student has not previously undertaken, or in increased expertise in an established area.

This focus on learning outcomes emphasises that it is the quality of a CAS activity (its contribution to the student’s development) that is of most importance.

Student Expectations

B.I.S. students are expected to:

  • self-review at the beginning of their CAS experience and set personal goals for what they hope to achieve through their CAS programme,
  • plan, do and reflect (plan activities, carry them out and reflect on what they have learned),
  • undertake at least one interim review and a final review with their CAS adviser,
  • take part in a range of activities, including at least one project, some of which they have initiated themselves,
  • keep records of their activities and achievements, including a list of the principal activities undertaken,
  • show evidence of achievement of the eight CAS learning outcomes.