CAS is at the heart of the International Baccalaureate programme. St Andrew's School strongly believes in CAS as it emphasizes to the student the world outside of themselves and their studies.
What is CAS?
The three facets of CAS: Creativity, Action, and Service each represent a characteristic of the activities that the student should be engaging in.
- Creativity: Arts and other experiences outside the normal curriculum which involve creative thinking in the design and carrying out of service projects. Examples include: arts & crafts, band, choir, dance, photography, and writing.
Examples: The Garden, Mural Paintings, Yearbook, Choir, Orchestra, Crochet Club, J.E.T.S Primary Dance Club.
- Action: Participation in activities outside the normal curriculum which are physical in nature, contributing to a healthy lifestyle. For example: Inter-school and Inter-house sports, beach clean-up projects, judo, coaching of teams or groups, and fitness.
Examples: Governor General’s Youth Awards, Hurricanes Softball, Hurricanes Basketball, Hurricanes Soccer, Hurricanes Volleyball, BAISS, Swimming.
- Service: An unpaid and voluntary exchange with individuals or groups in the local, national, and international community. For example: tutoring, Student Council, fundraising, helping the elderly or the homeless, or volunteering for the Humane Society.
Examples: Bahamas Down Syndrome Center, Bahamas Humane Society, Charity Water, Hands for Hunger, Operation Smile, Project Read, Red Cross Club, Seahorse Institute, Interact Club, Eco Club.
The CAS programme aims to develop students who are:
- Reflective thinkers - they understand their own strengths and limitations, identify goals and devise strategies for personal growth
- Willing to accept new challenges and new roles
- Aware of themselves as members of communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment
- Active participants in sustained, collaborative projects
- Balanced - they enjoy and find significance in a range of activities involving intellectual, physical, creative and emotional experiences.
Overall, CAS helps us to create a well-rounded student who thinks in larger terms than just themselves.
Why Participate in CAS?
As a result of their CAS experience as a whole, including their reflections, there should be evidence that students have:
- Increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth
- Undertaken new challenges
- Planned and initiated activities
- Worked collaboratively with others
- Shown perseverance and commitment in their activities
- Engaged with issues of global importance
- Considered the ethical implications of their actions
- Developed new skills
What are the Student's Responsibilities?
Each student must undertake CAS during the Diploma Programme.
The guideline for the minimum amount of CAS activity is approximately the equivalent of half a day per school week (three to four hours per week), or approximately 150 hours in total, with a reasonable balance between creativity, action and service. Students must keep a record of their goals, reflections, and achievements, and ensure that all creative and action is linked to service. They must also make sure that the Activity Supervisor is informed of their intent. They are also required to set goals for their programme, meet with Coordinators, meet deadlines, and ensure that all requirements are met.
Who Else is Involved?
An Activity Supervisor oversees the student's activities, helps them to set goals, and ensure those goals are met. A CAS Coordinator informs students of acceptable activities, provides support to both students and Supervisors, encourages quality activities (rather than quantity), helps students plan and reflect on activities, and monitors each individual student's programme.