Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Website

Hi everyone!

IB Screwed has transferred all our material over to one new website: www.ibscrewed.org

You can find a collection of CAS information at: CAS

We will be uploading video tutorials to YouTube starting in September 2014. You can view them at our YouTube channel: YouTube

In the meantime, connect with us on Twitter @ibscrewed4ib or on our Facebook Page

Good luck with your studies!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Long-Term Benefits of CAS

During my time in IB, I heard many people complain about CAS, saying that it made no contribution to their final marks and was therefore a waste of time. Having graduated and started university, I can tell you that this is false for a number of reasons:

1. Scholarships and awards - In most cases, awards and scholarships given out by universities or other organisations will not be based on academic merit alone. They want to see involvement in extracurriclar activities. You can study 24/7 and get a 45, but if you do nothing else with your time, your CV is still going to look rather bland. By participating in a range of activities - sporting, creative and service - you are building up a portfolio that demonstrates to these organisations that you are more than a brain - you are a well rounded person with capacity to achieve in a wide range of fields. This will put you far ahead of other applicants.

2. Networking - As part of your CAS, you may find yourself doing activities like joining a society/association (i.e. debating, service group, etc). This is especially helpful if you are working with people from outside school. They will remember the efforts you made with them and may be able to help you after you graduate with finding jobs or doing other activities that will help you advance in the area you choose. Networks are crucial when you leave school, so try to get involved with CAS activities that will help you in this area. You will benefit a lot in the long run.

3. Sanity - You need balance in your life. Two years of IB takes its toll on your - mentally, emotionally and physically - I found that doing CAS was a way to escape this by doing something different and unrelated to study. I ended up doing many more activities than necessary to pass CAS, but it was great because it helped me stay sane. An IB diploma won't be worth much if you destroy yourself on the way by overworking to the point you get sick.

In summary, look at CAS as an excuse to enjoy yourself. Seek out activities that will be challenging, but rewarding. Make the most of the time away from your textbooks. Meet people, have fun and DON'T FORGET TO JOURNAL! :P

Saturday, March 12, 2011

When Service is Needed the Most

Hi everyone,

I just want to say that my heart goes out to anyone who has been affected - in any way - by the earthquake that happened in Japan. Whether you were affected personally, or your family, friends, colleagues - it is truly devastating. The consequences have been tremendous, and the damage, both emotional and physical, has not been confined to Japan.

I hope you know that we are all aware of what is taking place. I also hope that all those who are in a position to be of assistance to those who have been affected are doing so - whether through sacrificing your time to help others, giving emotional support to those who have lost loved ones, or donating money to charities or organisations that are assisting those in need.

With all the catastrophes taking place around the world of late - the floods and cyclone in Queensland, Australia; the earthquake in New Zealand; the snow in Europe and now the earthquake in Japan - it has never been a better time to really consider the importance of being caring and compassionate to others. This is part of the IB Learner Profile for a reason - the ability to consider the needs of others is an essential part of life, and I think that everyone around the world right now needs to remember that the things we do can have huge effects all over the globe.

May every IB student truly show a personal commitment to service to others at this critical time. Again, my prayers are with those who are still suffering in the aftermath of these calamities. May you have your greatest needs met in this difficult time

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ideas for CAS Activities

Action
- Team Sport [basketball, netball, cricket]
- Run a marathon or fundraising run
- Cheerleading or dancing
- World Challenge or similar trek/ expedition
- Go to the gym
- Martial arts classes
- Take up yoga, pilates...

Service
- Tutoring in a subject you are good at
- Fundraising for charities [40 Hour Famine, World’s Greatest Shave]
- Helping out at a homeless shelter or similar
- Gardening or cleaning at a local centre or church, or a retirement village
- Join the student council
- Babysit for free
- Volunteer with the Youth Group at your local church
- Volunteer at the local library
- Helping out at an orphanage

Creativity
- Learn a musical instrument
- Join a chess club
- Debating or public speaking competitions
- Art classes
- Join a band, ensemble, choir, etc
- Event committee
- Write for a magazine or newspaper
- Participate in a school musical, etc

Friday, July 23, 2010

Useful Links

Hello everyone,

Below are some links that may help you to understand the CAS program a bit better, and get your journaling in good condition!!

http://intranet.canacad.ac.jp:3445/High/206

http://www.ceg-uk.com/en/catscant/students/ib0910/


Good luck :) And don't forget to do reflective journals!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

CAS - What it stands for

Creativity
While mainly involving arts activities, such as music, art, theatre, etc, this can also include activities that involve critical thinking [philosophy, debating, mooting]. Planning for service activies also falls into this category

Action
The IB defines this as anything that involves physical exertion. So, apart from traditional sports like tennis, football and swimming, this can also include things like yoga, surf life-saving, lawn bowls, and expeditions for international projects. The aim is for the activity to contribute to a more healthy lifestyle.

Service
This must be unpaid service, and you must respect the rights, dignity and autonomy of those involved. So, only give service to those who are willing to accept it! This could include helping disabled children, helping with refugees and homeless people, or the elderly.

Activities are not strictly limited to only one category - you are perfectly able to do activities that overlap. However, you cannot count double hours for it! Good luck!!

Explanation of the CAS Outcomes

With the new syllabus for CAS, the hours are no longer the essence of passing CAS. The most important thing now is meeting all of the outcomes.

#1 - Increase your awareness of your own strengths and areas for growth
This involves understanding that each of us is different, with varied talents, skills and abilities. To meet this outcome, you should be able to identify how your talents helped you in the activity, or how it made you realise where some of your weaknesses lay and how you were able to move on in spite of them. So, step outside your comfort zone! Don't just do things that make you look good because your strengths lie in that area, but do things that you have never done before, as you may find hidden talents or weaknesses.

#2 - Undertake new challenges
This outcome is fairly self-explanatory - you need to do things that you have never done before. Stepping outside your comfort zone is essential. Alternatively, you can do an existing one at a higher level. For example, learn to play more difficult songs on the violin and advance to the next level.

#3 - Planned and initiated activities
These are things that you have shown some leadership in organising, etc - usually in the form of group projects or ongoing activities in the community that are run by your school. You should show planning skills, problem solve if things go wrong and basically have a more active role in it.

#4 - Work collaboratively with others
This is mainly to do with group/ teamwork. You could join a sports team, or play in a musical group. These don't have to be other IB students, however the activity should go for some time.

#5 - Show perseverence and commitment
You need to do an activity of significant duration, and attend regularly. For example, you may join the school choir for the year, and go to practice regularly. You will also need to accept responsibility and help solve any problems that arise. You need to show leadership, not just participation, and the activity will need to go for a few months.

#6 - Engage in issues of global importance
While the obvious implication of this outcome is activities such as international projects, many other local activities such as caring for the elderly and environmental protection can also fall into this category.

#7 - Consider the ethical implications of your actions
In a nutshell, you need to think about others and treat them fairly as you do your activities. For example, making sure that everybody on a team gets a go at playing a sport. You will come across this all the time, so just remember: be fair. In addition to this, consider the other obvious things like caring for the environment, respecting animals and treating them ethically, as well as [where applicable] respecting the traditional landowners of sites.

#8 - Develop new skills
This can be done in many ways, such as learning a new instrument, playing a new sport, taking classes in just about anything. You can't have done it before, and you need to learn something new. Or, if you have already done it before, you may move up to the next level.