CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service)
CAS is short for Creativity, Activity and Service where each student is involved in a range of extracurricular experiences of his/her own choice in all three strands. CAS enables students to grow as unique individuals, to develop skills and attitudes and to challenge themselves in various ways.
Creativity: provides students with the opportunity to develop their creative minds and explore their own sense of artistic thinking and expression. Creative writing, digital design, film, photography, music, choir, drama are all examples of possible CAS experiences. “In IBDP1 I started playing the guitar at school. The guitar group was initiated and organized by a friend of mine and I was very happy to be part of it. It is not only great fun but also a fantastic way to relax and take a break from school work. “
Activity: aims to promote lifelong healthy habits related to physical well-being. Swimming, floorball, football, aerobic exercise, dance, fitness training and yoga are examples of possible CAS experiences. “For activity I decided to further develop my abilities within swimming. Not only did I improve my skills and knowledge within swimming techniques, I also had the opportunity to learn more about my own strengths and potentials.”
Service: means collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need and with a learning benefit for the student. The experiences may demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance for example in Amnesty International, the CAS Welfare Project, Erikshjälpen and other non-profit organizations and NGO:s. Service can also be the student participating at a local level for example in the school’s IBDP Student Council. It is a requirement that service is unpaid and voluntary and that the experiences stimulate students to become increasingly principled, caring and communicative. “Service has made us realize the importance of taking others well-being into consideration. We are responsible for our planet and we need to take care of others as well as ourselves.”
Quotes by former DP students Charlotte Parnefjord Gustafsson and Bianka Gallina.
The IBDP at Katedralskolan has one global CAS Welfare Project running, which is the Douar-Ait-Abdi CAS Project in Morocco. The Berber village Douar-Ait-Abdi is situated in the district Marrakech Haouze and the local school has approximately 50 students. There are more than 35 million inhabitants in Morocco and 72 % of the adult population are literate. School is compulsory for children aged 7 - 13 but many children do not attend school full-time since they need to contribute to the living of the family.