CAS Strand of the Week – Service
By: Anastasia (Anie) Feklistova, CAS @ CCS Marketing Team
CAS stands for Creativity, Activity and Service; these comprise the three “CAS strands”. DP students need to participate in experiences that fall under at least one of these strands for the duration of our time in the programme, running concurrently with our studies. This week, we are highlighting one of the more challenging strands – service.
There are different ways that you can be involved in service; what underpins the various forms is that you are involved in making a meaningful contribution to the community, and this voluntary experience is unpaid. The community may be the school, the local district, or it may exist on a national/international level.
There are 4 main types of service:
- ‘Direct’: a first-hand interaction with people, the environment, or animals.
- ‘Indirect’: performing a verified service without actually coming in contact with the recipient of the service.
- ‘Advocacy’: service based on spreading awareness and speaking on behalf of a global issue or an issue of public interest.
- ‘Research’: students collect information through varied sources, analyse data, and report on a topic of importance to influence policy or practice.
Service has become one of the most prominent strands covered by the current Year 12 CAS Projects – we asked students why this is:
“I loved the experience of getting involved with the wider community. Throughout our CAS Project, we initiated and participated in numerous beach clean-ups. We invited children from the Jodie O’Shea orphanage along to help and to teach them about the benefits of waste management. It has, overall, been a very rewarding experience. I really loved every minute.” – Bailey Campbell from the EcoBricks project.
“Other than having an opportunity to participate in exciting activities with your friends, it is also incredibly rewarding being able to give back to the community and knowing that our small actions are a huge help to others. Whether it would be our school, the local community or any other non-profit organization.” – Anna Puelacher from Picasso Project: Creativity for a Cause.
“I love how it gives me the opportunity to make a difference in the community and is opening my mind to new things. It is really rewarding to see how something I did can help make an impact on the lives of others! It also allows me to make new connections and collaborate with others.” – Asha Thakran from the Green Books project.
Evidently, Year 12 students love helping the community!
One of the most famous CAS Projects of our year group is EcoBricks. This group consists of Maile, Bailey, Nour, Iris, Marine, Katya, Azel and Taya.
“EcoBricks is a group that we created at the beginning of Year 12. We went on a CAS trip to West Bali National Park and Menjangan Island, and when we were there, we found a lot of plastic waste. We decided that for our CAS Project we would focus on the poor waste management in our own community. At my previous school, I saw several students create EcoBricks – they collected a lot of plastic water bottles and stuffed them with other small pieces of plastic. They then turned the waste back into something usable like a bench.” – Bailey Campbell from EcoBricks project.