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Creativity, action, service (CAS) is at the heart of the Diploma Programme. It is one of the three essential elements in every student’s Diploma Programme experience. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows.

 

Creativity: arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.

 


Action: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the Diploma Programme.

Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.


CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. At the same time, it provides an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the Diploma Programme. A good CAS programme should be both challenging and enjoyable, a personal journey of self discovery. Each individual student has a different starting point, and therefore different goals and needs, but for many their CAS activities include experiences that are profound and life changing.

For student development to occur, CAS should involve:
1.  Real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes
2.  Personal challenge—tasks must extend the student and be achievable in scope
3.  Thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting
4.  Reflection on outcomes and personal learning.

 


All proposed CAS activities need to meet these four criteria. It is also essential that they do not replicate other parts of the student’s Diploma Programme work.

Concurrency of learning is important in the Diploma Programme. Therefore, CAS activities should continue on a regular basis for as long as possible throughout the programme, and certainly for at least 18 months.

Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB diploma. CAS is not formally assessed but students need to document their activities and provide evidence that they have achieved eight key learning outcomes. A school’s CAS programme is regularly monitored by the relevant regional office.

 


Community and Services for MYP

 


Community and Service

All our students are members of various communities such as family, school, Changchun and the world. This Area of Interaction encourages students to become responsible citizens within these environments by helping them to consider three questions:

How do we live in relation to each other?

How can I help others?

 

How can I contribute to the Community?

 

The Programme:

 

The Community and Service programme at Changchun American International School involves three key elements: Awareness: What is a community? How are communities similar and different? What is my role in the community? How can I make a difference? Involvement and Service: It is hoped that increased awareness of community needs and personal strengths will lead to a greater willingness to respond to these needs in a responsible and altruistic manner. Reflection: A vital part of the community and service programme helping the students’ personal development and assisting the awareness process. At CAIS students are asked to record all their service activities in their Community & Service log book to reflect on engaged experiences in detail for each time.

 

FROM PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE

A guide to Community and Service (CaS) Activity:

1.         PLAN – plan a CaS activity.

A CaS activity can be initiated by the student, a subject-teacher, homeroom teacher, CaS Coordinator, the school or PTA.

2.         Get approval from CaS Coordinator

3.         Select a supervisor form an agreement

4.         Submit proposal form through the Managebac

5.         Student submit plan and proposal form to Coordinator to register the activity

6.         ACTUAL SERVICE

a.         CaS Log book – journal and reflection

b.         Collect evidences – pictures, stickers, fliers, posters, journal

7.         Follow-up and reporting to the supervisor

8.         END OF ACTIVITY

a.         CaS activity performed will be reflected on the student report card.


CAIS requires students to complete a minimum of requirement on service activities each year:

 

Year

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

MYP 1

3

1

0

MYP 2

3

1

0

MYP 3

1

2

1

MYP 4

1

2

1

MYP 5

1

2

1

Level 3

Student initiated activity

Student led – student organize the event or activity, mobilizing others and exercising leadership

Level 2

Taking  part in an activity that requires minor responsibility

Acting as assistant or sub-leader to the event organizer or leader

Level 1

Taking part in an activity that requires minimum responsibility

Acting as participant in an activity

Examples of Activity in CAIS

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Student council representative

Reading buddy

Organize club

Serving drinks

Math Tutor

Teach English in sister school (3x)

Welcoming and ushering  of guests

Newspaper writer

Newspaper editor

Participant in school event

Fundraising activity

Newspaper club leader

Stage Performer

Student library assistant

Fund raising project Leader

 

Campaign program

 

Name of Activity:  2013-2014 Little Angel Kindergarten

 

By Eunchae Lee in MYP5

16th of Oct 2013

     Today was the Christmas Market. Last night, Sarah, Lea, Carolina, Sofie and I went to Charne's house to prepare for the market. For about four hours, we were baking and making arts and crafts. We baked almost a hundred of cupcakes, and some people helped us by giving us their baked goods to sell. We bought lots of candles and decorated them, by painting and also made Christmas cards. I had to catch taxi and go back home at nine but it was worth it.

      In Christmas market, we had separate table for bake sale, and arts and crafts. I was in the arts and craft table, and I was there for all four hours. We had our donation box in front so people could donate as well. One person donated 500RMB in an envelope which surprised us. We also got a lot of Christmas boxes, and I was truly surprised at how people were willing to help others. Sometimes there were letters as well, which made me smile. In total, we earned 3153 RMB.

      This was a new experience for me, and it was a big success! I felt so proud of myself today.

 

By Sofie Ramisch in MYP5

Sunday, 17 November 2013

This Saturday was the Christmas market which was a great opportunity for us to get a lot of money for the Little Angels project. As I already wrote before we sold the calendars which I bought in Germany and all of them got sold. Other things that we sold we prepared on Friday night. We spent about six hours baking many cupcakes and cookies. We also tried to create some art crafts in order to sell those but this didn't really work out as we planned it because we obviously were not very good as art crafts. Sadly we did not sell much of the art crafts which we of course expected but we sold some of the candles which Eunchae painted. But anyway we made a lot of money thanks to the great help of Carolina and her mum who made a huge amount of ginger cookies, to Desiree who baked a cake and my mum who made a big amount of waffle dough and baked a cake as well. On the actual Christmas market we then finally made a lot of money about 3000 RMB. We were able to sell all of the baked goods thanks to our great selling skills. All in all I think the day was a great success for the project.

Saturday, 02 November 2013

Last week Friday we organized a bake sale in our school. We baked ourselves but we also asked teachers to help us and at the end we got about 1000 RMB which I think is a good start for the project but we need a lot more money to the poor people because they obviously don't have any. We also started working for the Christmas market. We wrote an e-mail to inform people about the donations which include Christmas boxes and cloth donations. I also translated it to German and we sent the e-mail to the German parents so we get even more donations.

I also bought things in Germany which we can sell at the Christmas to make even more money.



Name of Activity: Making Christmas Crafts

 

By Sanjoli Sharma in MYP2

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

 

This week, we decorated wreaths for Christmas for selling at the Shangri-la and we had a lot of fun. We decorated them with ribbons and acorns and everybody made one wreath. I got to develop new skills because I had never decorated a wreath before and it gave me a chance to do something new. It was a fun and good activity because we got a chance to sell Christmas decorations at the Shangri-la.

 

Name of Activity: Gym Clean up

 

By Sanjoli Sharma in MYP2

Thursday, 31 October 2013


This week, we went to the gym and Mr. Bob opened the door for us. Sara and I pumped the balls again and I felt as if there were more balls than last week. I also put a few shuttlle cocks in their boxes and when we were done, we played some games. Helping out in the gym is a good activity because we become stronger by pumping balls with air and we learn to collaborate with others too. We were happy to be helping in the gym and we felt good doing this activity.

 



Name of Activity: 2013 International Day Video

 

By Sanjoli Sharma in MYP2

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

We have showed the video to the audience and they were laughing. It was quite a successful video and we had fun showing it to the audience. This video and performance has reminded us that all of us are from very different cultures, but we are working together as if we are all the same. All of us enjoyed making that funny video and all of us learned that even though we are different we can work together and create a great outcome.

 


By Cilia Harmann in MYP2

 

TUESDAY, 15 OCTOBER 2013

Our performance, which was a video that we all created together as a group, was a bit complicated at first which was thinking about what we should do... But the performance itself went great/ awesome everybody loved it. At the end, they all were very happy. I really loved it!!!!!  My goal and value to this was to have it not to simple and for everybody to like it. What I learned from this activity was if you work as a group, agree all as a group to the theme you can accomplish anything that you want. I can apply in life to this great.



By Reuben Stander in MYP2

 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

I noticed that we did a good job on the movie.

I think i was involved a lot in this activity.

I think that it was a good idea. I also think it was a successful project because we finished on time and made it funny.


I did this so we can make a laugh, we also worked a lot on this activity and to explain what UN day was.

I think this has some value because we worked a lot on this activity.

I learnt that can work together a lot.


By Sara Braulik Ibanez in MYP2

 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

I had a lot of fun preparing the video with the whole class, there was lots of laughter, ideas, opinions, caring, open- minded, but best of all we all worked together the main representation of U.N day. At the same time it was very hard to finish it during C&A  time because Lia and Justus have Spanish as a language B. , that's why we had to use some of our lunch time to work on parts were we all come up together. Sadly, I wasn't there during the performance... But my classmates have told me that people loved it they clapped they laughed they enjoyed the video.

 


Name of Activity: Collecting Recycling Materials for the School Community


By Terry Song in MYP1

Monday, 23 September 2013

At first, I actually didn't know why I should do this. But now, I know what and how this helps people.  I think this is very vital and important job to do. We decided where, when and how and what to collect during C&S. Maybe this helps even the teachers to put the right things in the bin and also the students. We, MYP1 learned that working together with cooperation is better than doing only by yourself. To me, I think this is a great activity to do. I hope I can do well in C&S.


By Andrew Hong in MYP1

 

Thursday, 10 October 2013

We gave trash signs to put on the trash can for each classroom. We made the signs in the second floor office and we laminated and cut them out. Brown for cans, Yellow for bottles and green for paper.  Me and Dustin went to the third floor and gave all the teachers who wanted the signs.  We are doing this to tell the teachers to put the recyclable things in the right container. We are trying to tell this to the school.

 


Name of Activity: Reading Buddies in Kindergarten Classes

 


By Sera Jung in MYP5

 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

I have read books with Stephen twice since this activity started. Stephen reads books and I would correct the words that he read wrong and doesn't know. After reading a book, we played word game. He tells me one word in a book and I find the word. While reading the book, I sometimes ask what's going to happen. And when he wants to draw something about the book, he drew the characters. If a book is hard and has many hard words, he asks me to read. He wanted to make a paper book of a book called'magic pot' but we didn't have time so we promised to make it next week. I really like reading with kids in K2. They are really cute. I felt really good when he told me to come and sit with him and when he told his teacher that I’m his best friend.

 


By Julie Hong in MYP5

November 19, 2013

I read with Hanna and Emily. We read the Goldilocks and the 3 bears and wrote the title on a little whiteboard and tried to read the title by separating the words into little words. For example, "gold" "i" "locks" so they could read big words by themselves. Then we read the whole book together!

 

 

Name of Activity:  Habitat in Humanity 

By Cherry Ma in MYP5

In recent years, many natural disaster destroyed numerous family and house, and a charitable organization called Habitat stand out and help homeless people to build new house, and bring back their happiness. We want to be parts of that project so that we decide go to Yunnan or Sichuan around October, 2014 to help the homeless people build their house as the volunteer of Habitat.

But, if we want to go to there, we have to pay the travel expenses plus donation from ourselves.

In order to make it happen smoothly, we want to earn the money by ourselves.  Our team discussed how we can do. First idea was sell food and Christmas wreath decoration on Christmas Marker to make our first bucket of gold. Me and Charne Sale the cup cake and puff on that day, and we let the kids to decorate their own cake.  We alternated to sell the cake for whole afternoon, and the money that we earn is unexpected, almost 1,000 RMB. And the total money we earn is about 2,010 RMB.

By Charne Stander in MYP5

Cherry and I baked things for the Christmas marker to raise money for our Habitat project. On the Christmas market, we sold a lot of cupcakes and cream puffs. Kevin did magic tricks for little kids. We also made those round tree things with decorations on them. We rose about 2,000RMB and I had a lot of fun.