All BSN students enrolled in the IB
programmes in Sixth Form undertake Creativity, Activity, Service, or CAS
as it is known, alongside their academic studies. Here is the official breakdown of the three strands involved:
Creativity – arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the DP.
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
Then Covid 19 came along and suddenly it wasn’t possible to organise these types of activities anymore. But, that didn’t mean that CAS work didn’t continue from home. Students came up with new and alternative ways to meet the CAS requirements. Creativity, after all, a requirment.
CAS from home activities included:
- making cards to send to people who were isolated;
- baking cookies for people in the community;
- volunteering to help assist blind people; and,
- voluntarily clearing litter from a local park.
Well done to our students. They certainly fulfilled the criterion for the CAS project by; showing initiative, demonstrating perseverance; and, developing skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making.
Since the initial Covid-19 restrictions were eased in the Netherlands, students were able to continue one of their more traditional activities: raising money and collecting donations for the foodbank in Voorschoten. The ‘voedselbank’ and our Senior School Voorschoten have a long term relationship. Recently, students and families donated an impressive 14 crates of food. This was no doubt encouraged by the a student takeover of the BSN’s Instagram account highlighting the cause.
There are more exciting CAS projects taking place during the summer break:
Run for Xenia
: an online fitness fundraiser, using the popular run—donate—nominate
framework, for local a charity; Xenia House
provides a home for young patients between 16 and 40 years who require intensive, nursing or medical care.
: students and other members of our community are supporting this initiative to make blankets for orphaned HIV babies in South Africa by knitting squares and/or donating wool.
Keep up to date with all things CAS and other charity-related endeavors on twitter @BSNCAS