CAS is very special at St Julian’s School. Engaging with our community and our local resources and making links to global goals and the academic curriculum are areas in which the students develop meaningful experiences and projects.
CAS comprises creativity, activity and service as the main themes that then consider and reflect upon 7 important learning outcomes;
1. Identify your own strengths and develop areas for personal growth.
What it REALLY means: When you leave your comfort zone, you learn things about yourself.
2. Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.
What it REALLY means: What have you done to push yourself? What was unfamiliar about it? What skills do you think you developed?
3. Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.
What it REALLY means: This one’s easy! When you are organizing your CAS events or activities.
4. Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences.
What it REALLY means: Whatever happens, keep going! Take one step at a time and you will reach your end goal.
5. Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively.
What it REALLY means: Participate in team activities. Simple. One of the best and most fun parts of CAS Trips is the team work.
6. Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance.
What it REALLY means: There are so many global issues right now it’s hard to know which one to support most. Global warming, the refugee crisis, homelessness, cancer research?
7. Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions.
What it REALLY means: Your parents have been telling you this for as long as you can remember and your teachers joined in a little later: The things you do and the choices you make have consequences. Think about the CAS activities you are doing and how they affect others.
Having considered the learning outcomes and reflecting upon the recent CAS projects, here are two examples of CAS projects which show the essence of CAS and how special CAS is at our school.
Making links with the academic curriculum via the local community - Archive Alive
Stella Mendes, Miguel Fowke-Quintas and Miguel Almeida
Oral History is a vital aspect of our interaction with the past. Vital, in the literal sense that it provides a living link to those who have experienced events firsthand. Having all studied History before, many of our CAS Project Group had written our Y11 coursework essay on the significance of the 1974 Portuguese Revolution. We as students are privileged to study a historical period whose memory continues to be etched into the country we live in, through commemoration events, the names of bridges, the conversations we have with our relatives... "Archive Alive" has attempted to compile the extraordinary personal stories of everyday people who become lost in official documents, academic sources and History books. This is significant to the students in Y11 who are now writing their coursework, and to our society as a whole.
So far, we have interviewed a handful of individuals who experienced the Revolution at various stages in their lives. We were struck by the impact a couple of years can have on one's understanding and appreciation of events. For example, Dr. Luis Farinha, whom we interviewed in Lisbon, was politically active in university at the time, and saw fractures in the Estado Novo before they emerged to the public. Another interviewee, only thirteen at the time, was stunned by the news of a Golpe de Estado, convinced that the state was unchallenged and almost omnipotent. We look forward to interviewing more, and to passing on the legacy of our CAS Project to the next generation of IB students.
Collaboration, engaging with the school community and tackling issues of global significance - I Have A Dream
Lydia McIntosh, Anne Hornman, Jessica Homer and Alexandra Craveiro
In April this year, a group of four Year 12 students wrote and directed the musical ‘I Have a Dream’ as their CAS project. This was to fundraise for girls education in India, with a charity called Commit2Change. The cast consisted of many different year groups, and over 30 students were involved in the music, acting, lighting, props and stage. Both nights of the performance were sold out and the standard of the production was such that the Head of the Drama Faculty stated that this was the best student led performance that she had ever seen in her career. The word ‘best’ was not only in relation to the performance, but to the organisation, commitment, perseverance, collaboration and choices made throughout the process.
It is with great job satisfaction that I share with you CAS at St Julian’s School.