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?