Creativity, Action & Service - CAS
“...if you believe in something, you must not just think or talk or write, but must act.” (Peterson 2003)
CAS is at the heart of the Diploma Programme and with its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning from the PYP and MYP.
CAS is organized around the three strands of creativity, activity and service defined as follows.
Creativity—exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
Activity—physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
Service—collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
As a shining beacon of our values, CAS enables students to demonstrate attributes of the IB learner profile in real and practical ways, to grow as unique individuals and to recognize their role in relation to others.
The CAS programme at VishwashantiGurukul is a journey of discovery of self and others. For many, its a journey of self discovery and can be a truly life changing experience. The CAS programme in VishwashantiGurukul is, therefore, individualized according to student interests, skills, values and background with a major focus on giving back to the society by doing direct/ indirect service activities.
CAS complements a challenging academic programme in a holistic way, providing opportunities for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment. Each subject group of the Diploma Programme contributes towards CAS and helps students to “recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions”. This involves exploring values, attitudes and behaviors as students undertake enterprises with significant outcomes. At VishwashantiGurukul students are encouraged to propose and take self initiated activities and with the support of their advisors they have come up with amazing activities like DeshkiRakhi, Mission Shoonya, Debate club, Anti plastic drive, Self defense workshop, SCUBA training, Life skill training, etc.
Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma where students reflect on their CAS experiences and provide evidence in their CAS portfolios of achieving the seven learning outcomes.
The CAS programme formally begins at the start of the Diploma Programme and continues regularly, ideally on a weekly basis, for at least 18 months with a reasonable balance between creativity, activity, and service. All CAS students are expected to maintain and complete a CAS portfolio, which is a mix of experiences and project as evidence of their engagement with CAS.
Experience: It involves one or more of the three CAS strands. A CAS experience can be a single event or may be an extended series of events.
Project: At least one month’s duration that challenges students to show initiative, demonstrate perseverance, and develop skills such as collaboration, problem- solving, and decision-making. The CAS project can address any single strand of CAS, or combine two or all three strands.