Creativity, activity and service

All IB Diploma pupils are involved in a balanced range of CAS activities or a single project incorporating all three elements – creativity, activity and service (CAS).

Creative activities include art, design, drama, photography, music, working on the school magazine, theatre design, and initiating and planning service projects.

Activity must involve physical activity and is usually a sport such as hockey, squash, rowing, sailing, tennis, athletics, or aerobics. These activities should be focused on achieving a personal goal. Service activities may count as activity if they are physical, such as environmental work or sports clubs in primary schools, or for the disabled or disadvantaged.

Service might consist of volunteering to help Special Needs groups, the elderly, hospital visiting, environmental work, helping in charity shops, involvement with Amnesty International, helping run school activities, or gaining first aid qualifications.

The CAS element of the IB Diploma gives pupils a broad and balanced education for life. It allows them to explore their talents and discover their strengths outside of the classroom. It encourages them to try new activities and it develops their cooperation and leadership skills.