Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is a mandatory core component of the IB Diploma Programme which aims to provide a 'counterbalance' to the academic rigour of the educational programme in IB. For one of my projects, I created a presentation with the goal of giving Year 7 a better understanding of Bullying and how to stop it. Using well researched and prepared activities, I intended to go over some points that I felt were most important:
- What is Bullying?
- Why do we talk about Bullying?
- How can we stop Bullying?
- What are the student's personal feelings about Bullying and their experiences in or around it?
I prepared a video and an active questionnaire (students had to move to different corners of the room to the letters corresponding to their answers) that referred to each of these points and challenged the students to be honest with themselves, their classmates and the teachers.
I felt that the students responded very well to the questionnaire and videos. Later on, I put the students into their house groups to perform some role-playing activities to see how they would respond to various bullying situations.
The sense of unity was strongly felt in the room and I think myself, the teachers and the students all gained from the presentation. Overall, it was an amazing experience of which I would happily repeat again should the opportunity ever arise.