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The creativity put into action ensures that service is achieved. One cannot just think, discuss, record creativity or service but must act on it. If “Wright Brothers” would not have put their creative idea of a flying machine into action then there would not have been any Aircraft today.
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is at the heart of the IB Diploma Programme. It is one of the three essential elements in every student’s DP experience alongside Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and the Extended Essay (EE). The three strands of CAS encourages students to be involved in creative pursuits, physical activities and service projects in the local, national and international context. They are often interwoven with particular activities and are characterised as follows:
CAS learning experience runs for a period of a minimum of 18 months of discovering self, which supports the holistic development of each individual; provides a major opportunity for ethical education, understood as involving principles, attitudes and behaviour. Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma. While not formally assessed, students reflect on their CAS experiences and provide evidence in their CAS portfolios of achieving the seven learning outcomes.
The CAS programme aims to develop students who:
A never-ending journey that started in 2012 with baby steps has paved the way for huge strides for the entire CPS Global School family. Each member consciously and contentiously contributes to the greatness that the school envisions – creating active socially responsible global citizens contributing richly to both our nation and the world. Certain attributes, prime among them being empathetic, compassionate and always thinking and acting in a manner that will benefit society at large are instilled among students through CAS.
There are millions of people out there struggling their way out of cancer and we believe that we need to support them in our own little way possible. Through this walkathon in association with ‘DATRI’ we hope that everyone between the ages of 18 to 50 will definitely donate their stem cells and be a part of the greater good. There is a common notion, that cancer is incurable. Blood cancer can be cured by donating stem cells.
Over the course of the three days, we explored the district of Telangana, as a part of our IAYP program. Rural Development Trust (RDT), the legacy of late “Father” Vicente Ferrer, a Spaniard with the vision to transform the lives of thousands of repressed villagers all across India, have overcome several socio-political adversities to do what was right. We participated in a number of activities to experience how the lives of the villagers have changed in due course.
The students of IGCSE year 2, had the opportunity to meet children and adults who understand the world in ways we could never begin to understand. They visited ‘HOPE’, a Special School for the intellectually challenged children to share their gifts and take back new lessons. Spending an hour amongst them with a mission to make every child made them truly value the art of taking anything, anyone less seriously.
‘To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse’- Rawsi Wiliams My mother is a Superhero who has dedicated her life for the wellbeing of the society. Hats off to your tireless work my dearest mom. I feel really proud of you. Happy Nurses Day, You have shown boundless courage on the front lines of this Covid battle Deborah, IBDP Y2
The outreach wing of CPS Global Student Council partnered with “Ayyamittu Unn – Anna Nagar Community Fridge” to reduce food wastage and feed the hungry. This encourages community spirit among our students by bringing people together and empathizing with the less privileged ones. The Gen Z of our school is extremely enthusiastic about this initiative and hopes to pass on this good vibe to our society continuously in hopes of creating a better tomorrow.
This pandemic era has not stopped us to be creative, in fact, it has opened doors for new initiatives when Mr. Harold Molina, Coordinator of the Diploma Program at York in High School, Costa Rica invited our IBDP students to be a part of “The IB Virtual Choir - We are The World IB CAS Project”. Our students of IBDP Y1 & 2, Chanakaya Kalyanaraman, Kavya Subramanian and Marteena Immaculate participated in this global initiative.
With the motto ‘Let’s get them back on their feet’, a team of 17 Students of Cambridge A Levels got on track to do their part to help the community. They volunteered to campaign for the prosthetics limb support fundraising. Throughout the 20 days campaign, an amount of INR 620000 was collected to provide prosthetic limbs for 57 villagers. Shereen Joy is the star campaigner who raised the maximum fund of INR 232000 in one go...!
As a small gesture, Amit Palanivelrajan of IB DP Y1 planned to mobilize funds for 15 families for 3 months during the pandemic. Through crowdfunding campaign, he raised INR 244800 to support the inmates of the BANYAN during the lockdown. He says,‘This humbling experience taught me about compassion, empathy, and showed that everyone has a purpose in life. If one decides to help someone, one has to persist until one achieves it’.