FAQ

What is CAS?

CAS is one of the important part of the Core of the Diploma Programme. CAS is an abbreviation of Creativity, Activity and Service. Students should strive to grow creatively, improve their physical performance and serve the community they are living in. Students should reach 7 learning outcomes on their way. Read about them here.

Why do I need to do CAS?

We get asked this a lot. Surprisingly. Why, first you need it to complete Diploma Programme. Second, even though 18 months sound long, and however compelling is not doing CAS, in the end you will be surprised about how many skills you have acquired, know more about your physical abilities, grow a lot more independent. Do you know why? Because, you will have to plan, work and sweat to accomplish what you always wanted to do, but never made time for them.

What are the consequences of not compiling with CAS requirements?

In general, IB gives you a year for completing CAS and get your Diploma a year after May exams. However, you are responsible for finding resources, fixing logistics, collecting evidence to complete CAS. This gets harder to do in a state funded school, because our resources are limited only to those who are still students. So, we expect you to finish the programme in given 18 months.

What are the school requirements for successful CAS completion?

Every school organizes CAS in different ways, but all have ultimate requirements that by the end of the year students 

  • complete 18 months of participation;
  • participate in one time activities and lead their own long term project (at least a month);
  • provide evidence of achieving 7 learning outcomes;
  • constantly reflect;
  • balance C, A and S.

As a school weexpect that you will 

  • attend CAS reflection AND PhE hours regularly, on time;
  • attend school run projects as well as initiate your own:
  • be part of a group project that lasts minimum of one month and has from 3 to 5 participants;
  • fill in your wikis log sheet;
  • reflect regularly on your CAS experience;
  • performassignments you are given throughout 18 months.

 

Can I combine CAS aspects in a project?

Yes, you can combine C, A and S in your projects. In fact, it gives you a lot of advantage to do so.

How to be successful in CAS?

Consistency is the key. Before jumping into doing things, we strongly recommend you to research the area you are interested in and not only think about it, but also set up concrete, measurable aims; count how much time you will need to reach your goal and plan taking into account your resources (as time, location and energy). Then keep consistency in following your plan and filling in your records. Regularly check on your aims and see if changes are needed to be taken.

Is it possible to be successful in CAS after months of silence but a recovery after that?

If your previous plan turned out to be too challenging or external factors hinder, CAS gives you a chance to go back to your initial plan, think it over and change the course of your action. However, there must be a decent reason why you paused your work.

How am I going to be assesed?

At the end of the course, you will take final – 3rd interview. Afterwards, CAS coordinator with the help of your CAS advisor will evaluate to what extent you reached learning outcomes. Once CAS coordinator enters your results in IBIS, the machine will generate three random names for external moderation. CAS records of those 3 students is sent to external evaluators.

Meanwhile, much of the evidence come from your performance during all 18 months, advisor’s reports and your consistency in turning in all the assignments as well as feedback from your PhE teacher,  project leaders and your counterparts.

 

Is it possible to finish CAS at the first year of DP?

As the programme does not count hours, but expects you to complete 18 months, it is impossible to finish the course in one year.

 

How to fulfill Activity in CAS if I have health issues?

CAS states that Activity helps students to improve their well being. This does not mean that you should improve your physical performance, but improve your health. You can investigate and plan how you can get healthier taking into account what is bothering you. For example, if you twisted your leg and can’t run, you can include therapeutic massage sessions to your Activity and focus on your upper body strength for a while. Can’t lift weights? Do cardio.

How do PhE hours and Activity incorporate?

As a national state funded school there are national requirements. One of them is to provide students with 1 hour of PhE in DP year 1 and 2 hours of PhE in DP year 2. This means that PhE classes are obligatory, We try to use classes to maximum to benefit your CAS and blend elements of research, planning and participation. This means you are provided with basic fulfillment of your Activity requirements. However, if you have some personal goals concerning your health then you are welcome to do more Activity hours outside of PhE.

What is the difference between planning page, wikis and personal blog?

Planning page is designed so that you have a space to keep all of your plans. Plans can contain from small month-long plans to big a year or 2 years long projects. As part of your CAS evidence, we submit log sheets: sheets that shortly describe what you have done every week in your projects. These are filled in wikis and is supposed to describe your activities in a sentence or two. Personal blog is a place where you keep the rest: your reflections, pictures, videos and other evidence.

Is individual project necessary if we have school based project?

Term identifications: CAS has two terms: experience and projects. CAS experiences do not have to be long, usually, you are not an organizer. For example, volunteering in an annual city forum or going to skating. Projects are a lot more complex. When involved in projects, students are committed to performing regularly, make decisions, take actions. Both school based projects and individual projects we ask you to do are aimed at helping you to have CAS projects. School based projects are designed to help you reach learning outcomes to some extent, and help you understand CAS at the beginning. Once you learn to organize, collaborate and understand CAS requirements, you should move on to do your own individual projects. They can boost your learning and help you reach the learning outcomes you are struggling with.

How to make my reflections more meaningful?

Usuallywe do not provide ready to go reflection templates, but here is the general guideline:

  • answer basic questions as to what/when/where/who
  • state what the results were as to expectation vs. reality (planned vs. how it went)
  • what you learned personally, emotionally
  • what or who surprised you and how
  • how your plan is going to change
  • what you are planning to do next

Usually, we ask you to reflect every month or by the end of some big project of yours. In the first type of reflection it is good to stop on your progress in C, A and S. As for the latter, your reflection can focus on what happened on one particular project.

Are grammatical mistakes important?

No, your language proficiency is not important and not assessed. In fact, you can switch to any language of your preferences, but if you are chosen for external moderation, we will ask you to translate some of your reflection entries.
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