CAS stands for Creativity, Activity and Service.
CAS is one of the core requirements of the International Baccalaureate Diploma and has also been extended to Lower and Middle School in recognition of its vital importance to developing responsible, multi-facetted young people. At its simplest, it is a way of encouraging balance against the rigours of a challenging and engaging academic programme, promoting the development of new interests and personal development through action in the community and self-reflection. At its most profound, CAS encourages students to look beyond themselves and become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who help to create a better and more peaceful world. CAS is at the heart of the IB Learner Profile and has much in common with the School’s Round Square ethos.
The CAS programme is fundamental to achieving the IB Diploma. Girls are required to contribute a significant amount of time to the three practical elements of the programme and the reflection that follows. Girls are supported throughout the two-year process by their Tutors and the designated CAS Co-ordinator.
Girls are expected to take on activities that are practical expression of the three major concepts underpinning CAS:
Creativity involves the arts – for example, music, drama, visual arts or creative writing – anything that stimulates and promotes creativity and creative thinking.
Activity is about getting active, joining sports activities either as an individual or as part of a team. Activity hours can also be gained through pursuits such as mountain trekking or bike riding.
Service means helping others in a volunteer capacity; contributing time to help a cause. This could be through regular visits to an old people’s home, helping out at a children’s club, a tennis club or a youth club. Round Square International Service Projects also count.
In the Lower and Middle School Cobham CAS, as it is known, runs in a more informal setting. Girls enjoy a diverse collection of opportunities for creativity and activity as well as helping others. Within school, extra-curricular clubs range from Creative Writing to Athletics, Trampolining, Clay Workshop, and Hip Hop Dancing. Girls are also encouraged to discover their own passions and talents as well as exploring opportunities to engage with and contribute to the local community.
Click and drag the picture below for an interactive explanation of CAS. Alternatively you can use the arrows to have a guided tour of the programme.