CAS is a part of an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) student’s personal development and it stands for Creativity, Action, and Service. It is a requirement for the IBDP and it requires IBDP students to gain experiences from extracurricular activities that can be classified as any number of the following CAS strands:
- Creativity – exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
- Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
- Service – collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
- Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
- Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken developing new skills in the process
- Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience
- Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences
- Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively
- Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
- Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions
The final aspect of CAS is the CAS interviews. These interviews are conducted by the CAS coordinator and they are designed to measure the progress of students in their CAS experiences. There is one interview at the beginning of CAS, one at the end of the first year and one at the end of CAS ("CAS Guide).
So what experiences have the current IBDP1 students chosen and how do they feel about them? The current IBDP1 class has a range of experiences from sports like basketball and volleyball; to creative activities such as Model United Nations (MUN) and battle of the bands; with various service activities, for example, Green Team, planting the trees donated by the Mayor of Lusaka, donating books to government schools such as Chasdale, etc. Many of the current IBDP1s have said that their CAS experiences were eye-opening. Some discovered a new hobby they would like to pursue; while others discovered a wider world through service.
Creativity, activity, service guide. International Baccalaureate Organisation, March 2015