Friday, 4th November 2016

Whole School Newsletter

Creativity, Activity and Service

A key difference between the IB and the National Curriculum is the philosophy that underpins an IB education and the commitment to developing learners who will make the world a better place.  This is expressed very eloquently in the IB mission statement: The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. (

At the heart of this is the Learner Profile which you will hear and see throughout the school. Another very important element is the commitment in all three IB programmes to action and service. In the PYP it is expected that successful inquiry leads to responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action. In the MYP students are taught to take action to apply their learning beyond the classroom, making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. This culminates in the CAS (Creativity Activity and Service) requirement at the core of the Diploma Programme.  Students in the IB Diploma must complete a range of activities in addition to their studies that fit into at least one of the three strands of CAS, creativity, activity or service. CAS projects should challenge students to show initiative and perseverance as well as developing skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision-making.


What is a CAS project?

A CAS project is a creativity, activity or service project that challenges you and develops you as a person. It should take you out of your comfort zone.


Here are some other examples of CAS projects:

  • Attending cooking classes and then preparing a meal for friends and family
  • Learning to play a musical instrument
  • Coaching a sports team
  • Donating your time and skills to a charity
  • Starting up a book club
  • Raising awareness and funds for a good cause.

You can find out more about CAS on the IB website: Creativity, activity, service.


Diploma students are also required to reflect on what they have learned and how they have grown from being involved in their CAS projects.


As teachers we are very quick to advise our students about how important CAS is, how they will benefit from their CAS activities and how this will support balance throughout their lives. However, more important than talking to our students about CAS, is being good role models.


I am already aware of many 'CAS' activities that our staff and parents are involved in: reading clubs, charity fun runs, knitting club, sports teams, choirs and volunteering for charitable and community organisations to name just a few. This is a very powerful message to our children that creativity, activity and service are valuable parts of a happy, well-balanced adult life.


I would like to put together a blog of Dwight Community CAS activities as a way to inspire and encourage our students and to celebrate our community. If you are involved in a CAS project and would be willing to share your experience please click here to contribute to Dwight Community CAS blog.


Save the Date

On a related note, please put 1st December in your diaries for our first Dwight Community Social Action Forum. This will be an evening for students, parents, teachers and support staff at Dwight to get together to discuss how we can actively work to create a better and more peaceful world.  If you would like to be involved in planning the evening please click here to register your interest.  This should be a good opportunity to kick start some community CAS projects.


Best wishes


Alison Cobbin

Head of School



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