Community and CAS projects
All students from Primary School to High School are involved in different community projects. In Middle School, Service as Action is part of the IB Middle Years Programme, as is the Community Project in the 3rd year of MYP. In the first two years of High School, community service projects are part of the requirement to eventually be awarded a BIS High School Diploma, and in the IB Diploma Programme, the CAS component (Creativity, Activity and Service) is an integral part of the IB Diploma.
MYP Community Project
The MYP Community Project is an important part of the third year of the Middle Years Programme at BIS.
The Community Project focuses on serving the community in which you live and gives you an opportunity to develop an awareness of the community’s needs and address them through service learning.
Creativity, activity, service (CAS) projects
Creativity, activity, service (CAS) is one of the three essential elements that every student must complete as part of the Diploma Programme (DP).
Studied throughout the Diploma Programme, CAS involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies.
It is not formally assessed. However, students reflect on their CAS experiences as part of the DP, and provide evidence of achieving the seven learning outcomes for CAS.
How is CAS structured?
The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows:
- Creativity – arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
- Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the DP.
- Service – an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.
In order to demonstrate these concepts, students are required to undertake a CAS Project. The project challenges students to:
- show initiative
- demonstrate perseverance
- develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making.