CAS Blog

Grace Lockhart's hike through Deep Creek.

Friday, June 15, 2018

During the Term 1 holidays I embarked on a three day hike through Deep Creek Conservation Park with my friend Alice. It took a lot of planning before hand but it was a really great experience. I learnt lots about planning every detail, as I had to map out the walk, book the campsites and organise the correct equipment, which we borrowed from the Outdoor Education Department.

We also had to organise the safety procedures, where we had radios and walkie-talkies so we could always be in contact with my family at base camp. As well as planning I also had to learn about perseverance on the walk. There was no turning back once we started walking and no way to pull out. I had also injured my toe the day before and was struggling with the pain of that.

Alice helped me through and made it quite fun by playing games such as, I spy, along the way. It was an awesome experience down at Deep Creek, it is such a beautiful place with so much amazing wildlife. The walk was definitely a challenge but I leant so much from it and will definitely do something like it again.

Grace Lockhart
Year 11 IB Student

Ellen Melville's experience being part of the Formal Committee

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Formal Committee is an optional group activity open to students in Year 11 and 12.

I joined the Formal Committee last year when I was in Year 11 to get an insight of what roles and jobs would be needed I would need this year for our 2018 formal.

For our 2018 formal I was assigned the task of creating formal tickets, menus/programs, name cards and other stationery. The photos show the process of creating the formal ticket for this year. My Art teacher, Mrs Osborne, assisted me with my role and together we drew designs and created the final product using Photoshop.

From this I have learnt new skills in using Photoshop and being a part of a team within the Formal Committee.

The Year 12 students in the Formal Committee are fortunate enough to have so much control in making our formal the best it can be. It has been an amazing, new experience and I have loved being part of it.


Ellen Melville
Year 12 IB 2018

Dungeons and Dragons

Thursday, May 31, 2018

I taught my friends how to play the tabletop game ‘Dungeons and Dragons’. I chose this activity because I enjoy Dungeons and Dragons, and the game is intended to be played with a group of friends. I decided that I could host a game for some of my friends as none of them had ever tried Dungeons and Dragons before, leaving me with an opportunity to both teach them the rules of the game, as well as develop my own storytelling, organisational and leadership skills.

It was challenging to get everyone into the flow of the game, and to have them find it very enjoyable. After some time and a lot of joking around, they were all laughing and enjoying the game, working together to tackle the challenges that the game presented.

Benjamin Grose
Year 12 IB 2018

Sin Teng's experience in the Athletic Team

Thursday, May 24, 2018




This is the 2017 SSSSA Athletic Team. It was my first year joining the Athletic Team, it was so much fun and I gained a lot of experience.

I competed in shot put and long jump. I improved a little each training and I learnt that if I did my very best that one day I would be an excellent athlete.

Last year I also joined the school badminton and volleyball team. After training I realised that volleyball is totally different to badminton. I usually do single in badminton matches but volleyball is a team with 6 people and it is mainly focussed on teamwork. At the first volleyball training, me and my teammates ran to get the ball but then both stop, hesitating because we think the other player will hit the ball. After the first training session we learnt that we have to call out "mine" loud for everyone to know that you are going to hit the ball.

Excellent teamwork will make a team stronger.

CHAU, Sin Teng (Sandy)
Year 12 IB 2018

Smith Family student2student program

Thursday, May 17, 2018

For one of my ‘Service’ activities, I signed up last year to participate in the Smith Family student2student program, in which students who need to improve their reading are paired with another student. My job, as a reading buddy, was to call my buddy 2 to 3 times a week and listen to them read and help and encourage them to improve their reading to the best of my ability. I decided to do this activity in order to use my skill in reading to help others. I had to be very patient and be able to communicate clearly to be able to really help and encourage my buddy.

Claudia Fluin
Year 12 IB, 2018

‘This Is Me’ - The Greatest Showman

Thursday, May 10, 2018

My guitar teacher started teaching me a new song today - ‘This Is Me’ from ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack. As I love this song, it will really motivate me to put the effort in and practice, and learn the required techniques, which is my teacher’s reasoning; by letting me choose my own songs, I will enjoy what I am doing and learning, and it won’t feel like a chore. We are also starting to read notes as opposed to tab as we have been doing so far, so if I wish to continue and teach myself songs in the future I will be able to read music and translate that onto the guitar. I am excited to develop my skills with playing further, but even more so to gain the ability to teach myself songs that I love independently due to the theory work and note reading that we are starting, as I don’t always want to wait a fortnight to try a new song.


Rebecka Gennerud
Year 12 IB, 2018


IN2U with Friends

Thursday, April 12, 2018

As part of my CAS, I extended my existing extracurricular activity of dance by creating a dance cover group called “IN2U with friends. This has allowed me to learn and improve skills such as planning, and working cooperatively. As a part of this, I have also gained experience in video editing, cinematography and other IT skills by starting a YouTube channel to post the dance covers to. Recently, I danced with my group in Rundle Mall, and then edited and posted the video to YouTube. Overall, I have greatly enjoyed challenging myself in this CAS experience.

Katie Shores
Year 12 IB, 2018

Ink Painting As An Art Medium

Thursday, April 05, 2018

I presented the following artwork at the International Art Exhibition during International Day in 2017.  I created them with Chinese traditional ink painting, which is not commonly used in Australia.


I also helped Mrs Osborne to organise the exhibition and assisted students attempting calligraphy and ink painting during the day.  It was a fantastic event that involved all students in seeing different artworks and the variety of mediums used to create unique pieces.


KO, Hei Tung (Kika)
Year 12 IB Student

A view through the Lens of CAS Student KUOK, Long U

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Photography is one way that I can communicate my creativity. In these photographs I have tried to express what I experienced and felt during my trip to England and Portugal.
Taking photos changes my viewpoint and experiences. It has allowed me to view the city a different way. I have taught myself these techniques through online tutorials.

KUOK, Long U (Lennox)
Year 12 IB Student


Future Leaders

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Future Leaders + was a rewarding challenge that I had the opportunity to complete throughout 2017. I participated in many different elements of the program, including mentoring younger students, and planning and completing two trips. The second trip, shown in the image, was overseas in New Zealand. It was an incredible experience that required copious amounts of planning and preparing to safely and enjoyably complete. Training walks were undertaken to ensure the group's fitness level exceeded what was necessary. This made the walk more enjoyable, as we could focus on the scenery and amazing views around us. The completion of the walk was really challenging, with long day’s hiking up many mountains, but I am extremely glad I went and got to experience with an amazing group of people.


Amelia Birch-Smith
Year 12 IB