Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
There are three strands to CAS:
Creativity – arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking. e.g. drama productions, learning musical instruments, playing in concerts, creative writing, photography and other visual arts.
Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the DP. e.g. individual and team sports, fitness training , hiking expeditions, gardening.
Service – an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. E.g. mentoring younger students, working in charity shops, taking part in charity expeditions, organising charity events, volunteering for care-providing charities.
The principles behind CAS are very much in tune with Whitgift’s own philosophy of co-curricular development and Whitgift students often find that they are already involved in activities which fulfil the requirements of the CAS programme. Though not formally assessed, through reflective logs and interviews Diploma students are encouraged to consider more consciously what they have learnt and how they have developed as a result of their CAS experiences.
‘Volunteering at a care home has really opened my eyes … Alzheimer's and Dementia can take hold of a person's life and have not only a detrimental effect on that individual but also on the rest of their family.’
‘When I started rugby training, I believed that I had a reasonably good stamina but pre-season made me realise that it wasn't as good as I thought it was. … it is an amazing feeling when you can do well on the pitch because of these efforts.’
‘The charity fashion show was a worthwhile endeavour. As the production was in partnership with a local girls school, planning and collaboration was particularly important.’
‘Many students give up on co-curricular activities and interests in sixth form due to the increased work load. CAS ensures that the students keep a healthy balance between work and play’ (Michael Wyatt, IBDP graduate 2016)