As part of their Diploma Programme experience, IB students engage in arts, sports, community service and other non-academic activities. In IB jargon, they do CAS (Creativity, Action and Service). The intention with the CAS programme is to enhance the personal and interpersonal development of students through experiental, out-of-classroom learning.
During their CAS programme, students:
- Increase their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth.
- Undertake new challenges.
- Plan and initiate activities.
- Work collaboratively with others.
- Show perseverance and commitment in their activities.
- Engage with issues of global importance.
- Consider the ethical implications of their actions.
- Develop new skills.
Students at Arendal vgs are engaged in a variety of CAS activities both at the school and, importantly, in the local community:
- Planning and arranging events for the European Day of Languages
- Establishing and running a Red Cross international women’s group
- Establishing and running an Amnesty International group
- Developing a cultural exchange with students at a sister school in Tanzania
- Tutoring younger students in different academic subjects
- Doing theatre sports
- Running a visual arts group
- Taking part in outdoors weekend trips with Arendal og Oppland Turistforening
- Coaching younger children in floorball / football
- Participating in ”West Side Story” dance performance at Arendal Kulturhus
- Taking guitar / saxophone lessons at Arendal Kulturskolen
- Engaging in Natur og Ungdom environmental work
- Trying out extreme sports, such as rafting and mountain climbing
Below are some pictures showing the variety of activities CAS gives room for.