Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is a Core component of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and aims to develop the whole person by complementing the academic side of the DP by encouraging students to take part in arts and creative activities, participating in sport and physical activity and contributing to the community through service learning. Reflective practice is a key aspect of CAS and helps students to build on their prior knowledge and background, enabling them to make links between their academic disciplines and their CAS experiences.
The key purpose of CAS is for students to be involved in activities that will make a significant difference to their lives and also to the lives of others, as well as challenge themselves to extend existing skills or learn new ones. CAS should be both challenging and enjoyable and is a personal journey of self-discovery that will be different for each student. Examples of activities completed by ISH students include performing in the musicals, competing in ISST tournaments and volunteering at soup kitchens and shelters for the homeless.
Students need to participate in a variety of CAS experiences as well as complete a CAS Project during the two years of the DP. They work towards 7 CAS Learning Outcomes for which they record evidence before, during and after their activities. This involves written reflection, but may also include documents, links, photographs and other media, and is recorded on Managebac.
Mentors play a significant role as CAS advisors by working with their mentees in order to ensure that they develop meaningful experiences which will have a positive impact on them and their communities, write authentic reflections and carry out three CAS interviews with students over the two-year programme.