Dear Parent

To our upcoming Grade 11 students (current Grade 10s), summer is a great opportunity to read the CAS Handbook and get a deeper understanding of CAS and its requirements. Talk to your parents about your ideas for a CAS project and how you can reach out to your community as you identify a need and find possible solutions. CAS will give you an opportunity to learn so much about others and yourself. The Student Handbook will be uploaded next week. For now, keep focus and best of luck on your last papers.

To our upcoming Grade 12s, CAS will continue till end of January 2020, when you are expected to have concluded all projects and experiences and submitted your final CAS Essay, as discussed this year you will be required to make a presentation about your CAS journey to the school community.

All your engagements throughout Grade 11 must be recorded on your MB CAS worksheet, with evidence and reflections. We urge you to take advantage of summer and prepare adequately towards your EE, IAs TOKs and most especially CAS, which is part of the Core of the Diploma Programme. No excuses.

You are already in the know that you must undertake a project that will last for at least 1 month with a reasonable balance between the three strands of CAS.

Creativity stands for exploring and extending ideas leading to a unique product or a performance.

Activity stands for a physical exertion which forms part of a healthy lifestyle.

Service as the last strand is a collaborative and mutual engagement with the community in a bid of supporting an authentic need. A CAS project duration is a minimum of 1 month. The CAS project can address any single strand of CAS, or combine two or all three strands. Individuals involved in one project or another are encouraged to work towards completion and the other members of the class who
are not engaged in CAS are advised to take action during summer to ensure approval.

The CAS team is available to advise and support in the process. Check ManageBac and reach out to your CAS Advisor via email or call. Make sure to have your project approved before you start. The seven learning outcomes, your interests, skills and prior knowledge will guide you in choosing the best project. Be balanced and authentic. See description of the 7 learning outcomes of CAS below as a

Become more aware of their own strengths and areas of growth: Realize the understanding that you are an individual with various abilities and skills, of which some are more developed than others. Through CAS you will become more aware of what abilities you possess or not.

Undertake challenges that will develop new skills: A new challenge may be an unfamiliar experience, or an extension of an existing event. However, a newly acquired or developed skill can be gained through experiences that you have not been engaged in previously, or may not have an expertise in an established area. It is, therefore, prudent for students to engage in area that will take them an extra mile.

Discuss, evaluate and plan student initiated activities: The ability to articulate the stages of a project from conceiving an idea to executing a plan for a CAS experience is learning experience. You may accomplish this in collaboration with other participants. You learn the dynamics of presenting an initiated and a well-thought out plan in the process of been involved in CAS.

Persevere in Action: Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences. Being consistent and focused on an accomplishment is an added value you could learn. You are able to demonstrate regular involvement and active engagement in CAS.

Work collaboratively with others: You are able to identify, demonstrate and discuss the benefits and challenges of collaboration gained through CAS experiences. Work with your peers and learn how to complete a task together.

Develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding: Think about how you can identify and demonstrate your understanding of global issues, make responsible decisions, and take appropriate action in response to issues either locally, nationally or internationally.

Consider the ethical implications of their actions: As a student, you can demonstrate awareness of the consequences of choices and actions when planning and carrying out CAS experience Advocacy projects.

Remember, CAS challenges and grows you. It also gives you an incredible opportunity to reach out to your community and make a difference.

Enjoy quality time with family and friends, relax, be in touch with nature, exercise, eat a balance meal, laugh, do good, pray and play!
See you in August!

CAS Team