CAS – Creativity, Activity, Service is a core element of the IB Diploma Programme – but not part of the regular curriculum. All students in Year 11 and 12 are expected to spend the equivalent of one afternoon per week on developing their artistic talents, doing sports, or serving the community – but they choose their activities themselves. They have to undertake new challenges, they have to plan and initiate activities independently, they have to show perseverance and commitment – but they do not get any marks for it.
CAS is Experiental Learning. It aims at overcoming the old gap between the world of the classroom and the world outside. It intends to provide our students with a purposeful counterbalance to the rigorous academic demands of the IB Diploma Programme and helps them develop as a whole person. At the same time, it is vital to the CAS programme, that students learn the benefits of dedicating their own time and energy to the benefit of the community or of people in need.
ISB supports the CAS programme by offering a vast range of extra-curricular activities, including the Global Issues Network Club (GIN), Model United Nations (MUN), the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (DofE), the Key Club, the Science Club and many more. Once a year, the graduating students invite the School Community for a CAS Evening in order to show-case an impressive variety of activities and achievements.
Here is a sample of activities our IB students have independently chosen and conducted, either inside school or outside, either in groups or individually:
Creativity: trumpet, violin, guitar, base, drums, piano, flute, saxophone, singing, school choir, acting, art, photography, pottery, French, Spanish, Turkish, Russian, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Persian, Latin, Cooking, Cake decoration, Mixing & Music Production, Arts & Crafts, Designing, Rapping, Carpentry
Action: golf, hockey, tennis, volleyball, badminton, football, basketball, kickboxing, physiotherapy, athletics, swimming, rowing, ballroom dancing, horse-riding, jogging, sky-diving, hiking, bike racing, mountain-biking, sailing, skiing, karate, surfing, scuba diving
Service: animal shelter, falconry, tutoring, leading a cheerleading group, leading the primary football club, creating a website, student council, cafeteria, ley club, Early Learning Centre assistant, Fire-brigade, Internships in a hospital, visiting a refugee shelter, building a shelter, riding lessons for disabled children, fundraising, gardening, ISB caretaker team, Science Lab assistant, visiting elderly (retirement home)