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Play in Young Children

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is one element of a tri-partite core of the Diploma Programme, and is an experience-based, holistic component designed to "encourage an exploration of issues of global significance and in so doing allow students to examine links between the local and the global".
Specifically, CAS requires students to be involved in “a range of enjoyable and significant
experiences, as well as a CAS project.”.

These experiences correspond to three strands – Creativity, Activity, and Service – while the CAS
project combines two or more strands.

The current definitions of the strands are as follows.

Creativity - exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product
or performance
Activity - physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
Service - collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an
authentic need

CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development as well as their
social and civic development, through experiential learning. CAS activities should be both challenging
and enjoyable - a personal journey of self-discovery that recognizes each student's individual starting
point. CAS experiences should be: real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes; personally
challenging - tasks must extend the student and be achievable in scope; thoughtfully considered,
such as planning, reviewing progress and reporting; and reflection on outcomes and personal

Our Year 12 DP students have been doing different CAS experiences such as training for marathon,
learning to play the violin or guitar, painting an artwork for their TOK exhibition, training for a
competition swimming, baking, learning to create website or coding, and even food donation drive for
communities near the school areas. Despite lockdowns and distance learning, the Year 12 DP
students are committed to complete their different CAS experiences. It also serves as a work-life
balance as they work through the rigorous academic requirements of the Diploma Programme.

Giving students the opportunity to do important work with others has the potential to facilitate these
transformative and memorable experiences. Arising from such activities students can experience a
change of perspective along with a sense of social responsibility and their own potential to influence
the way things happen in the world.