What is CAS?
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) is both a core element of the IB Diploma programme and an attitude towards learning and scholarship. The CAS program sits alongside the academic curriculum and, importantly, does not replicate other parts of the student’s IB Diploma work. CAS comprehends a range of, often interwoven, activities. To give CAS a temporal dimension, it should involve roughly half of a school day per week, roughly three to four hours. Across the two year program, this should equate to one hundred and fifty (150) hours, roughly distributed across three broad strands:
Creativity experiences within the arts, and other engagements which involve creative thinking
Action athletic or physical exertion which engages the ‘body’ as a healthful counter-balance and complement to engagement of the ‘mind’
Service voluntary and principled gifting of time and effort
CAS is an enterprise-based programme of enquiry. Personal and interpersonal development is achieved with each student by a self-driven, iterative cycle of imagining, doing and reflecting on doing. As a process of enquiry each student has a different starting point. Striving and struggle lie at the heart of the enterprise base. CAS is a personal endeavor, within the context of community. CAS is diverse, unique and eclectic: it has as many forms as the students who engage within it. Nonetheless, four key dimensions allow us to understand the authentic process. All CAS activities should involve:
· Real, purposeful activities
· Personal challenge, of managed and responsible experience outside of previous zones of comfort
· Thoughtful contemplation – of imagining, planning, reviewing and reporting
· Reflection on outcomes and impact on personal development.
Successful completion of the CAS program is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma. The CAS program occurs concurrently with the academic program and should, therefore, extend across the two year course. Assessment is necessarily broad, but the central component is documentation of achievement of the eight (8) key learning outcomes.
The Aims of CAS
The CAS program is closely aligned with and a key mechanism for attainment of, the outcomes described in the IB Learner Profile. Key attributes addressed within the CAS program include:
Reflective thinkers They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
Risk takers They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Learning Outcomes in CAS
Unlike other areas of the IB Diploma programme, the learning outcomes of CAS are not rated on a scale. The diversity, complexity and preciousness of the learning outcomes entailed necessarily militate against such an approach. Nonetheless, students are asked to evidence and document growth and development across eight key dimensions. Have students:
· increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth
· undertaken new challenges
· planned and initiated activities
· worked collaboratively with others
· shown perseverance and commitment in their activities
· engaged with issues of global importance
· considered the ethical implications of their actions
· developed new skills
Students must provide some evidence for each of the outcomes.
The CAS programme at King Faisal School
King Faisal School has a number of on-going, non-athletic clubs and societies. These include, but are not limited to:
The Debate Club This club allows students to engage one another by debating insightful topics
Tutoring Club This club provides an opportunity to students to tutor other students in the MYP or PYP as an after school or in school service.
My Habitat Explore different ways of improving the environment (awareness Campaigns)
The Astronomy Club a club which utilises the school’s extraordinary resources to explore the heavens.
The Math Club Exploring different math concepts and riddles, organizing a math competition - Mathematics Olympiad
The Chess Club Practice Chess and organizing Chess Competitions
Student Leadership Club This club allows students to help organize and run athletic and non-athletic events
Horseback Riding Club This club examines elements of horsemanship and husbandry
The explorers Club Camping, survival skills, etc
Young Actors Club Act out a Skit about a certain issue
The Ambassador’s Club Campus tours to new students and their families and assist with new students orientation. This club publishes a weekly newsletter for KFS Alumni and supports KFS celebrations
Arabic Club This club promotes Arabic language, food and culture and helps non-arab students and teachers learn more about Saudi Arabia and the Arabic Language
Aspiring Doctors Club This club gives students an opportunity to learn more about the medical profession and participate in service projects .
Business Club This club is to offer goods and services to the KFS community and raise money for school teams and events
Technology Club This club allows students to explore different technologies that they do not normally see in a class setting
Young Writers Club This club publishes a literary magazine. Members improve their writing skills while producing a “work of Art” that will stem from skills learned
The Automobile Club Exploring the mechanics of automobiles with hand on experience
The Photography Club learning about the art of photography, taking photos for teams and other events, production of a photography album of all KFS events