How the CAS Programme is completed alongside the IB Programme
The CAS Programme is incredibly important to student balance. The International Baccalaureate Programme is incredibly rigorous, requiring consistent reflection and self-evaluation. Now, the IB awards a completely separate certificate of completion for CAS.
“Students consider what they did, why it matters to them and others and what they’ve learned as they move forward,” Milne said. “It helps them to use the experiences they take part in outside of classes and look inwards to discover who they are as a person, and who they want to be.”
The projects the students initiate even capture the attention of the local community surrounding IST. This allowed students to engage with more than just their fellow students and faculty.
“Since the start of [Knitted Knockers], I have also received support from the wider community with many donating knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn for our project to continue.”
According to Angelica, the volunteers involved with Knitted Knockers are rapidly increasing, and she is working with members of the community to teach others how to make the prostheses.
As evident above, through the CAS Programme, IST has helped expand their students’ skill sets beyond academics; it helps open their students’ eyes to the community around them and allows them to easily see where they can help.
Students are supported with leadership training opportunities as well as hands-on skills development in areas such as time, resource and event management.
IST goes one step further with the community outreach initiatives by running a Take Action Tuesday (TAT). This initiative is where the school sets aside time every Tuesday and allows students the time to pursue their service activity.