Year 12 Second CAS Interviews
By Emma Urban, CAS Coordinator
On May 20, all of the Year 12s participated in their Second CAS Interview. CAS students have to participate in three of these over the duration of the DP program. The first was at the beginning of November, where I met with each student one on one to discuss how they were feeling at the beginning of their CAS journey. For this second interview, students have been placed into mixed groups based on their CAS Projects. They shared their experiences over the course of the year and strategies on how they have overcome various challenges they were presented with. They also discussed ways that they can continue with their CAS experiences over the summer, dependent on what their travel plans (or lack thereof) may be for the holiday. After they completed their interviews, they began writing a reflection which will be included in their report cards, to which I will be responding to. Their final CAS Interviews take place towards the end of Year 13.
A week prior to the interview, students submitted their answers to the discussion questions they will be covering together. Here are some highlights from their work:
What is your understanding of the role and purpose of CAS in your IB Diploma Programme?
The CAS projects and experiences that we do in years 12 and 13 are used to help us find out the kinds of activities and social projects that we enjoy doing. It helps us to branch out and get involved in things that we wouldn’t do unless prompted. It may help us to find our potential calling for future careers. – Bailey Campbell.
Do you have a highlight experience? Describe what happened
Student council every week is an experience I look forward too, it makes me feel accomplished to help the school get better as a whole for the students. Bringing in problems from my PC class to the student council meetings allow me to the voice of my PC group. I feel like this specific leader role allows me to step out of my comfort zone and instead of following leaders I become a leader in a way. – Marine Quard.
What personal goals have you achieved already?
I have achieved some physical goals in the Activity aspects of CAS such as committing to 2 months of doing Muay Thai 3x a week and joining the volleyball and basketball BSSA teams in school as well as being more environmentally aware. Now I have almost completely cut out all plastic out of my life and try to encourage others to do the same. – Katya Davitashvili.
What has been most enjoyable and beneficial so far in CAS?
Helping people. For me, it was helping my tutee in business and I think that it’s one of the greater joys in life when you pass on information to someone and help them overcome something that you relate to. – Azel Varennes-Swinson.
What have you learnt from reflection?
From my reflections, I have learned how to recognize improvement and struggles. By reflecting, I am making a conscious effort to analyze how things are going and my progress. Without reflecting, I might look over the efforts and outcomes. – Maya Wheeler.
It’s very crucial because it allows me to recognise what went wrong and think about them more, in real life I wouldn’t really think about it much afterward but it’s a nice process. It also points out your mistakes so you don’t repeat them in further CAS Experiences (ie. my baking soda -baking powder confusion!). – Maile Monteiro da Rocha.
I have learnt to take small victories from when I am improving in areas even if it is only slow improvements. – Arli Giles-Watson