Do you struggle to plan? CAS ideas booster

Hey, ran out of ideas for CAS? Here is a bunch of stuff you can do for Creativity/Activity/Service!


­­ Music Visual art Dance
Write a script for a play. Join a choir or participate in a musical. Produce personal artworks. Join a ballet or jazz class.
Participate in a community-based theatre group. Play a musical instrument in a band or orchestra. Paint a mural for the walls of a local primary school or childcare centre. Choreograph a school production.
Design or participate in awareness-raising performances for NGOs. Learn to play a musical instrument or take vocal lessons. Design posters for school advertising particular events. Run a school-based dance class.
Form a performance group. Form a music group. Curate the school art gallery. Perform as a dancer in a school production.
Run a children’s theatre group in the local community. Perform for clients in aged-care homes. Organize or participate in craft activities. Participate in annual school performers’ showcase.
Organize an improvisation theatre troupe. Conduct a choir or a band. Do photo shoots for NGOs or for senior citizens. Teach a junior dance class.
Learn how to perform magic and put on a magic show. Host a musical event at school. Produce the school yearbook (digital or hard copy). Organize a dance flash mob.
    Enter a local art or photography competition.
Teach art for early childhood or primary school.
Design technology Film Fashion Graphic design
Participate in design projects to improve the local community. Create an awareness-raising video for an NGO. Organize a recycled clothing or clothes swap group to benefit a charity. Design and produce children’s toys.
Oversee a project for school. Create promotional footage related to a specific cause. Participate in a group that designs clothes from sustainable materials. Design information booklets or pamphlets for a specific NGO.
Participate in council competitions. Make a documentary or a film. Organize a school-based fashion show. Design storyboards for a specific purpose.
Design and create furniture. Join the school publicity/media group. Run a knitting group and create items of clothing for a cause. Create logos and designs for T-shirts with environmental messages.
Assist an NGO with designing a website or provide content for its website. Create a video archive for a local historical society. Learn how to be a salesperson at a clothing charity. Assist an NGO with designing a website or provide content for its website.
Help a local hospital or clinic with a redesign. Plan a film series for a senior centre. Start a sewing collaborative to make outfits for children in need. Redesign an organization’s brochures, business cards and logo.
Organize a film event for a cause to raise awareness and funds. Design reusable shopping bags with fashion flair.
Creative writing Cooking Business Information technology
Attend a course in journalism/poetry writing. Cook for a locally based international festival. Produce items for a school fair. Teach basic ICT skills.
Edit a school newspaper or bulletin or do the same for a senior centre. Organize a World Teachers Day breakfast at school. Support a group that raises money for small business loans for undeveloped countries. Join the technology support group at school.
Create children’s books for schools in need of these resources. Create a recipe book. Run workshops for NGOs to give them ideas for creative awareness-raising or more efficient business practices. Design digital books.
Organize a creative writing workshop. Run cooking classes. Run business-type events to train students in running a business. Design and maintain a website for an NGO.
Write a novella or a novel. Make a “how to cook” video series. Help a local start-up develop a business plan.  
Start a poetry project that places poetry anonymously around school or the community. Document the results of cooking a new, challenging recipe once a week.
Sport Environmental systems and societies Mathematics  
Coach a junior sports team. Design a recycling project for the school. Join a mathematics group and participate in school competitions.
Design a training schedule for a sports team. Investigate the use of energy in the school and provide a proposal for more efficient energy usage. Run a problem-solving group at school.
Design individual training programmes for specific junior players on a team. Create a school-based enviro-garden. Tutor “at risk” students in mathematics.
Incorporate skills from other sports into training, for example, rugby circuits into netball training. Participate in designing a community garden. Design mathematical/logic puzzles for junior students.
Oversee a school landscaping project.
Investigate ways to limit water consumption at school.


Dance Gardening and nature Animals Extreme sports
Ballet Farming Equestrian competitions, horse and stable care and maintenance, riding and jumping lessons Skydiving
Jazz Rock climbing, mountaineering Farm animal handling, care and shows, competitions Rappelling
Modern Planting trees Fishing sports Bungee jumping
Street dance Digging, irrigation and drainage Dog shows, competitions, training and care Base jumping
Ballroom Hiking, trekking Animal husbandry Para-gliding
Salsa, Latin Survival training Birding
Dance-a-thon participation
Personal fitness Music Motor sports Water sports/Boating
Running Marching band Dirt biking, motocross Waterskiing
Weight training, body building Drumming Pit-stop crew Parasailing, kite-sailing
Cardio workout Parade Auto mechanics Sailing
Spinning Skating Motorcycle touring Wakeboarding
Punching bag workout Ice skating Rally driving, navigating Surfing
Jumping rope Roller-skating, roller-derby, rollerblading Aviation Kayaking, canoeing
Trampoline Skateboarding Piloting, flying Rowing
Yoga Long boarding Gliding Scuba and snorkelling
Ballooning Free-diving
White water rafting


Volunteer at a local charity shop

Spend an hour a week volunteering at a nursing home

Volunteer at your local hospital

Or organise a talent show at school, charge an entry fee, and donate the funds to charity

Run in a charity fun run

Hold a bake sale at your school and raise money for charity

Or even bigger, hold a summer fair at your school for charity – have stalls such as face painting, a second-hand book stall, hook-a-duck etc…

Organise a charity raffle

Or hold a ‘Guess the Baby’ charity competition at school. Ask you teachers to submit photos from when they were younger, and see if students can guess who is who! Charge a fee for entering, and have a prize for whoever gets them all correct.

Volunteer at an after school club, either at your school or another local school

Take part in a Fridaysforfuture climate march

Volunteer at your local government

If you have a local green area, set up a butterfly conservation space

Organise a tree planting event in your local community

Organise a plastic pick-up event at your school/local community

Or if you live near the park, arrange a park clean-up event

Go on a wildlife conservation volunteering trip

Or volunteer at an animal shelter

Help out at a soup kitchen

Volunteer at your local library

Or if there’s a local museum in your area, volunteer there

Organise a CAS fair at your school. This is an event where your IB year group presents your CAS projects and activities to the years below. This should give them some help and inspiration!

Volunteer to help someone or an organisation with translations and/or English classes

If you’re taking up knitting as a CREATIVE project, try knitting hats or clothing for premature babies

Organise a charity car wash at your school

Organise a clothes collection at your school, and then donate them to a local charity

Campaign for better recycling facilities at your school

It’s time to edit your portfolio

Hello, everyone!

In order to make sure your portfolio contains all necessary things and it’s easy to navigate between your posts and plans, I’ve created a video tutorial on how to do it.

Follow the procedures as they are shown in the video.

I have randomly checked several portfolios and saw that some students have already started posting and updating their Plans. Some even uploaded their first CAS interview and made it as a separate post. Good job, guys!

Your task for the next week is to “polish” your portfolio (btw theme is optional, just make sure you can have MY PLANS page in the menu).

You need to Edit MY PLANS page and make a plan for the first semester. This is where you propose your projects and your advisers and me can approve them after checking. A sample plan is attached My Plans sample

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me, Room 3,


Creativity and Service opportunity


The World Equal Opportunities Public Foundation needs a team of creative students who would like to help create content on their social networks, as well as produce letters / certificates and other documents (basic Photoshop skills desirable) on a regular and ongoing basis. We need a team of 4-5 people who will responsibly and creatively take up this project. If interested, send an email with your phone number to

Those students, who haven’t been able to enrol in any school-based projects, this is a great opportunity for you!

CAS 1st Interview

Dear students,

I hope that you have started working with your portfolios and everything is going well now (if not, contact me asap please).

During the 18 months of your CAS programme, your advisers will conduct three interviews with each of you.
The purpose of the interviews is to get you started and make sure you are on the right track. At each interview you are requested to update your CAS portfolio (you will be asked to present your CAS-plans for the first semester during the first interview).

Starting from this week your advisers will be taking up the interviews during your CR hours and study time/lunch breaks if necessary. Each interview should last around 10-15 minutes and it should be recorded so that you can save it in the portfolio as evidence.

Below you can find some additional information and questions which you are supposed to cover during the first interview. You are expected to take the lead and cover most of the questions.

The purpose of the first interview is to:

  • gauge the student’s understanding of CAS
  • find out the interests of the student
  • discuss the student’s plans for CAS experiences
  • review the learning outcomes of CAS, ensuring his or her understanding and seeing how the student might achieve these outcomes
  • ensure the student is aware of ways to gather evidence of CAS.

Questions are offered for each of these discussion topics as examples. Each interview should last 10-15 minutes.

What have you learned about CAS and the CAS stages, and how can the stages help you in CAS?
How will you plan for an equal distribution of CAS strands across your CAS experiences?

Student interests
What are your main interests? How can you incorporate these interests into your CAS programme?
What do you enjoy doing after school? Could this be part of any CAS experience?
What are your personal goals? How could they be achieved through CAS?
What do you expect to gain from CAS? What do you hope to accomplish?
What school, community or other groups or teams are you already involved in?
What do you think your role could be in effecting change for the better?
What issues of local significance concern you most? How could you address these in your CAS programme?
How do these local issues also have global significance?

Student plans for CAS
Have you made any plans for creativity? Activity? Service
What ideas do you have for a CAS project? (Remember that a CAS project should last min. 1 month)
CAS learning outcomes
From the plans you already have, do you see any opportunities that may be helpful in meeting these learning outcomes?
What learning outcome appears as something you will easily do?
What learning outcome might present a significant challenge?

Evidence of CAS
Have you thought of how you will keep evidence (and the types of evidence) that you are engaging with CAS and are meeting the CAS outcomes?

You should revise CAS learning outcomes when preparing to the interview.

If you have questions, contact your CAS coordinator or adviser.




CAS Portfolio treasure hunt


We understand that our platform can sometimes be challenging. So here goes a list of the things you can do.


  1. Watch the navigation tutorial at the end of this post (credits to the previous CAS coordinator Miss Damesh, the video is really useful)
  2. Find your DP’21 page
  3. Subscribe by email to the page to stay tuned to new posts
  4. Find your CAS advisor’s page
  5. Find your own portfolio and records
  6. Learn the possibilities of your dashboard

An extra step you can take to is to answer these questions:

  1. What does your dashboard have?
  2. What links would you like to keep? A hint: we actually had a student who linked his CAS instagram
  3. Would you like to change your theme?
  4. What do widgets do?
  5. How could you use your post categories? An idea: categorizing posts under CAS strands or learning outcomes

About CAS portfolio and CAS records:

As you have noticed in your class blog you have a CAS portfolio (under class blogs) and CAS records (under wikis).

IB requires you to not only reflect on your experience in CAS and store evidence on CAS portfolio BUT keep very short records of what you do on a weekly basis (bullet points) on CAS records (wikis). By the end of semester 1, we will download wikis, so make sure it is filled with your work. Do it regularly, do not procrastinate because you will forget stuff.








Service opportunity

Dear DP students,
I’ve been just contacted by the director of the public fund “Город Добрых Сердец”. There is a charity marathon oragnized by them tomorrow at Hilton hotel and they need 5 volunteers who can support the participants.
Date: September 8
Venue: Hilton Hotel (near Expo)
Time: 7am-1pm
If you are inetersted or lack Service in CAS, reply to this email. Please, make sure you are available tomorrow and can be there by 7 am. This is a good opportunity as the event takes place at the weekend. Rememeber that you can’t do volunteering when you have lessons.
Email me if you’d like to participate.


Hello all,

Congratulations on your first year in DP journey!

Before we start I’d like to ask you several questions which will help you brainstorm and come up with some ideas for our first induction session which will take place on Wednesday (September 4) in the Assembly Hall. Please be there for your CR (CAS reflection hour – check your timetable).

So, the questions are the following:

What does creativity mean for you?
Are you usually phisically active in everyday life?
Have you been making contribution to your local community?
Are there things you took up, gave up and are still sorry you gave up?
Are there things you wanted to do, but couldn’t? or your parents didn’t agree to take you, pay or waste your time on it?


I’ll see you on Wednesday, looking forward to meeting you all!