As part of our mission to develop caring global citizens, we place a high value on community service. Service empowers our students: through connecting with others and taking action, our students enrich themselves, their communities and the world.
Community service is an important element of every student’s journey at St. Andrews. We want our students to understand the importance of making the world a better place. As students engage in service projects, they gain invaluable knowledge and understanding, refine important skills, and develop attitudes of empathy and compassion.
A wide variety of programmes, both in school and in the local community, provide our students with a multitude of opportunities to serve others. Students may choose to join one of our community service clubs, or they may participate in activities such as building homes for Habitat For Humanity, teaching English and crafts in Thai schools, or painting and building schools and orphanages.
Our students are given opportunities throughout the school year to take part in projects and events where they build new friendships as well as giving support to local communities. Throughout the service learning journey students will demonstrate that they can:
- Work collaboratively with others
- Show concern for society
- Approach activities with confidence and enthusiasm
- Show perseverance and commitment in activities
- Approach activities and projects with an open mind
- Be risk takers
CAS - CREATIVITY, ACTIVITY, SERVICE
- CAS is a compulsory element of the IB curriculum, which requires our students to engage in a range of Creativity, Activity and Service- focused activities during Years 12 and 13.
- It promotes the importance of life ‘outside the classroom’ by offering a healthy counterbalance to the academic demands of the IBDP.
- Students are expected to spend the equivalent of at least three hours per week on CAS activities, sharing their time equally between the three components, and distributing their activities evenly over the two years of study.
- A system of self-evaluation encourages students to reflect on the benefits of CAS participation, and to evaluate the understanding and insights acquired.
- Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of both the IB Diploma and St. Andrews' Graduation Certificate.
Pre-CAS shares all of the same goals and challenges as CAS but is designed specifically for students in Years 7 to 11. It is a way of recognising the range of activities so many of our students take part in outside of the classroom, and also a great way to encourage students to continually seek new challenges.
- Creativity covers a range of activities including art, drama, music and any skills based activity that involves creative thinking. The ability to create and think creatively is an important element of all academic disciplines, and an essential skill for life.
- Activity involves sport and other activities that contribute to a healthy lifestyle for our students. Students of all abilities are encouraged to find an activity they love and take part. We believe a healthy body leads to a healthy mind.
- The Service element of both CAS and Pre-CAS makes students look at their community, identify injustices or people in need, and take action. It is an integral part of what makes St. Andrews a caring school community.