IB: Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
CAS is an extra-curricular programme that takes the importance of life outside the world of scholarship seriously, providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies. It develops students into reflective thinkers and active participants who are willing to accept new challenges and new roles. CAS broadens the mind, promotes teamwork and collective thinking and enables students at Bromsgrove to become actively involved in matters of international importance. Students are expected to be involved in CAS activities each week and to reflect on their CAS activities on a regular basis using IB Managebac software.
CAS is broken down into three parts:
: arts and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle.
: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student and a worth to society, either locally, nationally or internationally.
There is a high-level of personal choice involved in the CAS programme and it often enables students to find an activity or cause they are really passionate about. They can use the school’s extra-curricular programme to support their CAS portfolio but also are advised to seek activities and experiences outside of school. It gives students a broad and balanced education for life.
During the course of the IB, students are required to keep a record of their CAS activities on the Managebac System. These online portfolios are monitored by staff and will need to be kept up-to-date. Guidance is always available from the IB staff, who will provide advice on the suitability of proposed CAS activities and can help find placements and suggest activities if a student is struggling for ideas to help them develop an exciting and reflective CAS portfolio.
The IB Diploma cannot be awarded if the CAS programme has not been completed.
To read more about CAS from a pupil perspective, please click the links on the left hand side, or view them here:
Henry's CAS Story
Marie's CAS Story