At the end of the year it is important to reflect on the year that is ending, and this is a very important part of the Senior Studies students’ CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) programmes.
As an example, this is Beatrice’s (Sr) reflection, written both for her upcoming CAS interview and as part of the Press Pack Activity, for students who are interested in developing their journalistic skills.
“CAS engages students in a variety of activities in the form of physical activity, service and creativity, in addition to their academic studies.
The Activity aspect of CAS allows students to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle throughout the two-year diploma course. The IB prides itself in producing well-rounded students and the Activity element in the Diploma is a true testament to that. I take boxing as my main activity and I do it weekly as a sense of escape from the IB workload. When thinking about the type of activities you want to do throughout the IB course you have to look at it from a holistic perspective. The IB can be time-consuming, so it is a good idea to engage in an activity you will enjoy but that does not demand too much of your time
Service is also an important component of CAS, requiring you to get involved in helping local or distant communities through charity and awareness. Lately, I have been involved in a group called Art Relief Crew. The group works by organising yearly art auctions selling donated art from IB students and donating the funds to a charity. Members of this group come from several IB schools in Bangkok, and my role as one of the St Andrews members was to organise for the schools to work together in planning the auction. For instance, I encouraged St Andrews students to donate art and helped run the event on the day of the auction. All in all, the event was a success and we made a substantial donation to the charity.
In addition, I’ve been involved in volunteering at Paws, a cat shelter. As a volunteer, I attend the group weekly and perform tasks to help around the shelter. This includes feeding the cats, cleaning their toys and building cat houses. My most current Service project is organising a charity event for the service group Mixed Up. Mixed Up is a Service initiative to raise funds for the protection of the endangered species the Slow Loris through a concert. The concert brings together bands from international schools in Bangkok to perform together at NIST International schools. So far, I have helped the group by finding bands in St Andrews to participate in the concert, and I will soon start organising and setting up the venue for the upcoming concert.
As a key component of CAS, Creativity requires you to engage in experiences which challenge your creative thinking skills. Perhaps the most loved component of this programme, Creativity is often used by students to integrate the experiences they love the most into their IB programme. Creative activities most enjoyed by students include developing their skills in visual, auditory, or performative arts, or perhaps learning new skills in areas such as cooking or writing. As an IB student, I have engaged in both the former and latter of these aspects of Creativity. I have developed my piano-playing skills through learning a new piece of music every day and recording my progress through weekly videos, and I have learned how to knit and crochet and made useful products which I have donated to charity organisations. The creative activity I have enjoyed the most has perhaps been cooking, through which I learned and adapted recipes from various members of my family and friends. All of these activities helped me develop new skills which I will take with me in all areas of life: whether it is by challenging my collaboration skills or broadening my awareness of global perspectives, this CAS component has pushed me to better myself.”
Beatrice Urari - Sr
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