Community and Service
Middle Years Programme | Service as Action
Grades 6 - 10
How do we live in relation to others?
How can I contribute to the community?
How can I help others?
Community and service starts in the classroom and extends beyond it, requiring students to take an active part in the communities in which they live.
Giving importance to the sense of community encourages responsible citizenship as it seeks to deepen the adolescent's knowledge and understanding of the world around them. The emphasis is on developing community awareness and concern, and the skills needed to make an effective contribution to society.
Students are encouraged to make connections between their intellectual and social growth, thereby refining their affective, creative and ethical as well as cognitive development. This is achieved through a process of discovery of self and community, and reflections inside as well as outside the classroom. Students should document all service activities completed from June to mid-May, even hours completed above and beyond the required amount.
Diploma Programme | Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
Grades 11 & 12
The CAS requirement is a fundamental part of the Diploma Programme and takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies.
Creativity is interpreted broadly to include a wide range of arts activities as well as the creativity students demonstrate in designing and implementing service projects.
Activity can include not only participation in individual and team sports but also taking part in expeditions and in local or international projects.
Service encompasses a host of community and social service activities. Some examples include helping children with special needs, visiting hospitals and working with refugees or homeless people.
Students are expected to be involved in CAS activities for the equivalent of at least three hours each week during the two years of the Diploma Programme.
A system of self-evaluation encourages students to reflect on the benefits of CAS participation to themselves and to others, and to evaluate the understanding and insights acquired.