The Creativity Activity and Service (CAS) component is a vital part of the educational experience for all DP 1& 2 students at OSC. Our school recognizes, as stated in the mission statement, that education neither begins nor ends in the classroom or the examination hall. In fact, the essential aspects of education may exist outside both and the CAS program highlights this. An international education must go well beyond the provision of information and is inevitably involved in the development of attitudes and values which transcend barriers of race, class, religion, gender or politics. As per the IB design, CAS encompasses a broad range of extra-curricular activities including SAISA sports, creative pursuits, activities like COMUN and service to the community. The emphasis is on experiential learning and includes an expectation that students will be involved in a balanced range of activities reflecting creativity, action and service within this program.
OSC has a unique and innovative approach to student reflection in the CAS program. Students use electronic blogs as a reflective space while managing their activities and feedback through Managebac. The reflective spaces are open to the community (see links on this page) and offer a kaleidoscope of different styles and approaches to reflecting about the key aspects of the CAS program. There are images, videos, written reflections and links to other sites. An effective CAS blog can provide important evidence of extra-curricular engagement that is useful for university applications.