CAS is an acronym for Creativity, Activity, and Service and is an integral part of the IB program. It requires students to engage in extracurricular activities to promote personal growth, well-being, and community service.
What exactly is CAS ?
CAS stands for Creativity, Action, and Service, and is mandatory for all IB students. It is an opportunity for students to try new things, help their community, and develop valuable skills. Students can choose to be creative, active or provide service. Most importantly it has 7 learning objectives that students must fulfill, including teamwork and global awareness.
CAS is a chance for you to showcase your commitment and engage in activities you're passionate about. So, embrace it and make the most out of it!
Encourages innovation and originality through drama, design, and multimedia projects. Examples include learning a new instrument, making school decorations, or writing blog posts.
Encourages students to participate in physical pursuits that support a healthy lifestyle, which includes all team and individual sports.
Encourages students to engage in community service programs and interact with a person or group for the good of the community. Tutoring younger children, volunteering at an animal shelter, or working with a non-governmental organization are a few examples.
With nearly 40 students in the class of 2023, the range of projects expanded. One new project was the creation of a CAS news writer. Elisabetta Miniscalco took on the initiative to write about some of the new CAS projects added in 2022.
UNCENSORED is the school´s first online magazine with it´s very own website, Instagram page and notice board in school. It involves a group of writers, editors, illustrators and photographers who work together to produce content. Their slogan is “news from a different perspective”. Students get the chance to write about topics that are important to them from their own perspectives. This includes articles, reviews, opinion pieces and interviews accompanied by photographs and illustration.
UNCENSORED was based off the previous CAS activity Fake News and launched in May 2020.
It falls under the strand Creativity of CAS as students can express their ideas through different mediums.
Started by Ms. Koniarski, in relaxation club, students learn about the history of yoga and other techniques. They also talk about how one can become less stressed and listen to some mediation music to relax. Once one has sufficient knowledge on some of the topics, one can start with basic yoga exercises. Not only is the practical aspect of this experience fun and beneficial, but the theory is intriguing too. Some days, whole yoga sessions are conducted, while others, students continue learning more about the exercises. At the end of the lesson pupils feel relaxed and peaceful.
Founded in 1899, NABU (Naturschutzbund Deutschland or Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union in English) is one of the oldest and largest environmental associations in Germany. NABU's main objectives are the preservation of habitats and biodiversity, the promotion of sustainability in agriculture, forest management, and water supply and distribution, as well as to enhance the significance of nature conservation in our society.
Mrs. Sharifzadeh, who is in contact with Tino Westphal, the leader of NABU in Seeheim, offers CAS students the chance to participate in various projects. Most of the undertakings take place during the weekend when students have time. These include cutting down trees, moving logs, mowing open fields, saving amphibians and much more.
This activity is great for students who are passionate about nature and animals, and eager to preserve the earth.
Volunteering at the Retirement Home
This club is all about bringing joy and companionship to elderly residents in retirement homes. Members get to spend quality time with the residents, engaging in fun activities like playing games, painting, reading, and simply chatting with them. It's a fantastic opportunity to make a positive impact in the community and help combat the issue of loneliness amongst the elderly. The best part? The club offers flexibility in terms of volunteering hours, so you can easily fit it into your summer break. Plus, you never know what valuable life lessons you might learn from your conversations with the seniors!