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MYP CAS
COMMUNITY, ACTION & SERVICE
What is CAS?
CAS stands for Community, Action & Service
Collaboration
Taking an active part in communities
Experiential Learning (learning by experience)
Becoming independent
Becoming active global citizens
Thinking creatively
Community
Developing awareness and concern for the
communities we live in
Local
National
Global
Being involved in activities that strengthen our
Uptown school community
Action
Activities involving physical exertion that contribute
to a healthy lifestyle
Taking action in a variety of ways for the benefit of
others
Service
Unpaid & Voluntary exchange that has a learning
benefit for the student
Volunteering time to help others
LINKS TO LEARNER PROFILE
Being caring and principled – students will develop
morality, integrity, honesty, empathy and compassion
Risk-takers – trying new things and being resilient and
reflective in the face of failure
Balanced – balancing our social, academic, sporting and
family lives with CAS
Thinking, Enquiring and Knowledgeable – Researching
about various causes and thinking about creative ways to
solve problems
Communicators – Being advocates for various causes and
communicating using a variety of mediums – print, social
media etc.
Types of Projects you
might do
Running a lunchtime club or ECA
Organising/running events or activities
Advocating on behalf of a charity or cause
Volunteering your time for a charity or cause
For example…
E.g. Running a lunchtime Debate club
E.g. Organising a school social/movie night with the
proceeds going to a charity
E.g. Running an awareness campaign to teach others
about a particular cause or charity
E.g. Volunteering on the weekends at an animal
shelter
Job Board
Job Board located in the corridor down to the
cafeteria
Apply for jobs on the board with Miss Ronalds – just
like a real job, you will have an interview!
You then need to arrange a meeting with your
supervisor to plan out the activity before you get
started
Don’t rely on the job board – start thinking of your
own ideas NOW!
CAS Checklist
HAVE I:
Completed an individual project?
Worked on a group project? Between 2-6 students. NO
MORE than 6 people in a group. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Worked with students from different year levels? (not
required, but recommended)
Completed projects around 6-12 weeks long? This should
involve 2-3 weeks of planning, between 1 day and 12 weeks
of action (depending on project), and then 2-3 weeks to
prepare your presentation to submit for assessment
Project Requirements
Find a supervisor!
Talk your project idea over with your form teacher, then fill out
proposal form & give to Miss Ronalds
Once approved you will be emailed a guide to follow
throughout your project
Spend a few weeks planning out every aspect of your activity
Complete the activity
Decide how to present your project (folder, iMovie, visual
display etc.) Hand this in to Miss Ronalds for assessment
Be as creative as you like! Your presentation should tell your
CAS story
What about attending a
charity walk/run?
If you wish to attend a charity walk or run then there are
a few guidelines to make sure it can be counted as
CAS
Must research the cause behind the charity & share
your knowledge somehow (social media campaign,
presentation to form room, fliers/pamphlets)
Submit a short blog entry for Mr. Galvin to put on the
blog
Get some friends to go with you!
What about a
beach/desert clean?
If you wish to do desert or beach cleaning activity then there
are a few guidelines to make sure it can be counted as CAS
Must be an extended project – minimum of 1 hour per
week for 6 weeks at least
Must cover several environmental area (beach, desert,
park)
Must include some research into environmental issues and
a share of your knowledge (presentation to form room,
pamphlets etc)
Submit a blog entry to Mr. Galvin
What should a good
project look like?
2-3 weeks planning time, noting down all areas, what
resources will be needed, what people need to be spoken
to etc.
Well executed and documented activity (make sure to
take photos and/or videos the entire way through your
project, even the planning time. Keep everything!)
2-3 weeks reflection and project presentation creation
time
You should have learnt something useful!
How is it graded?
Below expectations – CAS project did not meet the
requirements and as such will not be counted
towards that student’s total number of projects for
the year
Meets expectations – CAS project meets all the
requirements
Above expectations – CAS project goes above and
beyond the requirements, student has made an
outstanding contribution to a community.
What do I do now?
Brainstorm some ideas with your friends, your form
teacher, your mum, dad, siblings, dog, cat, pencilcase –
whoever will listen!
Once your form teacher agrees your idea is a good one, fill
out a form and give it to Miss Ronalds.
Wait for the approval email.
Once you receive this you can begin!
Don’t forget to take photos or videos the whole way
through your project so you can use them for your
presentation.
What is NOT CAS?
How will I know?
Picking up trash
Helping teachers to clean or tidy their rooms
Attending fun runs, charity fundraisers (yes, we
would love you to be involved but it doesn’t count as
CAS unless you are organising it)
Helping people in their day to day life at school (you
should be doing this anyway!)
What if I’m amazing at
CAS?
Special awards for students who have made
outstanding contributions to CAS throughout the
year
You will receive certificates if you complete more
than the required amount of CAS projects
Even more special awards for students who make
outstanding contributions to the Uptown School
Community
How will I know if my project
is suitable for CAS?
If you can answer YES to most of these, then fill in a
proposal and come and see me!
Am I providing a service to someone?
Am I raising awareness and educating people about a
particular cause or charity?
Will I be learning new skills by doing this project?
Is my activity contributing to the Uptown school
community, or the Dubai community?
Am I committing to an activity for a long time?

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