CAS is at the heart of the Diploma Programme and, with its holistic approach, is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning. CAS is one of the things that sets the IB Diploma apart from other courses at this level.
Through the CAS programme, students develop awareness of, concern for, and the ability to cooperate with others. The philosophy is to develop all areas of a student’s potential, to educate the whole person and to encourage the development of individual talents.
CAS complements a challenging academic programme in a holistic way. It also acknowledges the need to become involved in physical recreation, theatre productions, artistic pursuits, community service work and other worthwhile activities.
The CAS coordinator looks after the programme and ensures active student engagement. Over the two year IB Diploma Programme, DP students devote their time to CAS experiences on a regular basis, ensuring a balance among the three strands: Creativity, Activity and Service.
CAS involves students in a range of enjoyable and significant experiences, as well as a CAS project. Throughout the CAS programme, students need to show that they have had real life experiences involving the following 7 Learning Outcomes:
- Identify your own strengths and develop areas for personal growth
- Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process
- Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience
- Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences
- Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively
- Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
- Recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions
The insights gained from CAS experiences are recorded and reflected upon using the school’s online system. Here, CAS students create and take ownership of their individual online CAS portfolio. CAS advisers keep track of student progress. The CAS Adviser is available to offer support and guidance through the CAS programme.
The following opportunities give a flavour of the kind of experiences that fit within the CAS programme:
Creative experiences may include music, art, drama or dance. If a student’s timetable doesn’t include art, for example, he/she may find opportunities to develop creative skills through art outside the curriculum.
Activity experiences aim to promote fitness and physical health. Students might choose to take up a new sport or physical activity, or might try coaching or organising a team.
The aim of the “Service” strand is for students to understand their capacity to make a meaningful contribution to their community and society. Through authentic service learning, students develop and apply personal and social skills in real life situations involving decision making, problem solving, initiative, responsibility, and accountability for their actions. At NAIS HK we regard Service learning as one of the most transforming elements of the CAS programme by promoting students’ self awareness, offering diverse occasions for interactions and experiences and opportunities for international-mindedness