AIA Melbourne Secondary Campus
CAS stands for Creativity, Activity, Service. Together with the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge, it is the heart of the IB (International Baccalaureate) programme. CAS aims to enhance learning through real experiences and reflecting on them. It is designed to involve young people in new roles. It provides an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the IB programme. A good CAS programme should be both challenging and enjoyable; a personal journey of self-discovery. Apart from personal and independent effort, CAS also encourages team work.
Creativity: covers a wide range of arts and activities that involve creative thinking such as learning the art of calligraphy, the art of mosaic or photography. It also includes creative thinking in the design and carrying out of service projects.
Activity: involves participating in sport or other activities requiring physical exertion. Camping, hiking, rock climbing, basketball, soccer, football are all examples of ACTION.
Service: involves interaction, such as the building of links with individuals or groups in the community. The community may be the school, the local district, or it may exist on national and international levels.
Students benefit from a good CAS programme in the following manner:
- an increased awareness of strengths and areas for growth
- undertaken new challenges
- developed new skills
- planned and initiated activities
- worked collaboratively with others
- shown perseverance and commitment
- engaged with issues of global importance and
- considered the ethical implications of CAS activities