Creativity, action, service (CAS) is an integral part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Developing a commitment to community is fundamental to a West Sound Academy education at all grade levels, from the 6th grade Middle School student to the 11th or 12th grade IB Diploma Candidate. When students reach beyond their academic studies to engage in CAS they are involved in realizing the IB Learner Profile goals - to become balanced, caring persons, willing to take risks and to take action in their communities.
The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven within any single activity, are as follows:
A wide range of arts activities, along with other experiences that involve creative thinking in the design and implementation of service projects.
Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, not only from participation in individual and team sports but also when taking part in expeditions and in local or international projects.
VIDEO: Students played the Dragon Ball game at the 'Action' station on CAS Day.
An unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity, and autonomy of all those involved are respected.
CAS activities should involve:
Real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes
Personal challenge—tasks must extend the student and be achievable in scope
Thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting
Students are expected to reflect on their experiences and be able to articulate or demonstrate learning outcomes that resulted from having participated in the activities. It is the experience and reflection upon the experience that counts; this is not merely an exercise in logging hours. By discussing their CAS work with their Advocate and fellow students, the Advocate helps the student to document their experiences and growth. Links to CAS forms are below.
Parents and students interested in learning more about service opportunities available in our community can look at the following list for downloadable information flyers and application forms. Each CAS flyer gives descriptions of the organizations needing help, contact information, the volunteer jobs that need to be done, and requirements for training and time commitment. Some listings also have student referrals: WSA students and alumni who have worked with a particular organization and are willing to share about their experience.