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Launch: The IBDP CAS Program

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Vladimir Jocic

Vladimir Jocic

Vlad has been living in Japan for twelve years and teaching at OYIS for five. Apart from being the IBDP CAS coordinator, he also holds the esteemable positions of Service Learning Coordinator and MYP/DP music teacher.

Launch: The IBDP CAS Program

We are pleased to announce that the OYIS IBDP CAS Program has officially launched! This is another milestone for our Diploma Program as we start our journey as a three-program IB school.

CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) is one of the three elements of the IBDP Program Core along with TOK and EE. Through CAS students are required to take part in a wide range of artistic, sporting, physical, and service-learning experiences that enrich their school life and help them make connections with the academic curriculum and the community. The aims of CAS are to challenge students to explore opportunities for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment, and enjoyment.

CAS consists of three strands:

  • Creativity – where students extend and explore their ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance. Through creativity, students undertake experiences and projects such as:
    acting or supporting a drama performance
    participating or supporting a dance or music performance
    creating an artwork or a website
  • Activity – where students do physical exertion which contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Through activity, students undertake projects and experiences such as:
    playing on a team
    completing a training program undertaking an adventure sport or journey
  • Service – a collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need. Through Service students undertake projects and activities such as:
    • raising funds for an orphanage
    • helping at an animal shelter
    • volunteering at a retirement home or youth centre
    • helping in school (e.g., student council)
    • speaking out about an injustice
    • finding out about the water quality

Through undertaking their CAS experiences and projects students are required to meet the following seven Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes for CAS

In order to successfully execute their ideas students use the IPARD, a 5-stage scaffolding framework that allows them to systematically and gradually plan and carry out their experiences.

CAS Cycle
As shown in the above diagram the 5 stages of IPARD are:
  • Investigation
  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Reflection
  • Demonstration

The CAS Program starts at the beginning of Year 11 and it lasts for 18 months. During this time students are expected to continuously be involved in CAS experiences and projects. Upon completion of their CAS program students will have a better understanding of:
  • identifying goals
  • developing strategies
  • determining actions for personal goals
  • exploring new possibilities
  • embracing new challenges and adapting to new roles
  • understand they are members of local and global communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment

We are excited to officially launch the CAS program and we look forward to seeing our students further develop and grow through it.

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