CAS

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