CAS Blog

‘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

 

Tom Lu's Charity Soup Kitchen

Thursday, March 15, 2018

 

These are the vegetables we cut up for our soup kitchen charity event we held last year. The majority of the event was planned by Jenna, Katie, Amelia and me. We organised event approval, logistics, soup choices, costs, location, assistance and the execution of the event.

The soup kitchen was a good chance for me to practise independence, and although some assistance was still needed, it was minimal. Working in our team of four, we got to know our strengths and collaborated well to ensure that the event ran smoothly.
 
The soup kitchen charity event raised just over $500 for families in Cambodia to help improve their standard of living.
 
We were lucky enough to have pumpkins donated by a local fruit and veg store which was very generous. However, we were also able to give back to the community by supporting local produce for our other ingredients.
 
Tom Lu
Year 12 IB Student

Student Run Band by Jenna Chapman

Thursday, March 08, 2018

        

One of my CAS experiences was being part of a student-run band. We organised music and rehearsals in order to learn a song and audition for Showcase in 2017. We went through two rounds of auditions, got through and performed at showcase. It was a really positive experience getting to work with a group of friends on something we all loved.

There were some challenges, such as finding enough people to play a wide range of instruments and organising rehearsals which everyone could attend. However, we overcame these and had the reward of performing at Showcase.
 
We still perform this song when we get the opportunity such as at the Discover Woodcroft Tours. This experience has inspired me to learn a solo performance which I hope to audition with for Showcase 2018.
 
Jenna Chapman
College Captain and Year 12 IB Student

Introduction to the CAS Program

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CAS stands for creativity, activity, service. All Diploma IB students must complete a CAS program. The CAS program includes documented evidence of participating in various experiences and at least one CAS project (minimum of one month’s duration) with a reasonable balance between creativity, activity, and service.

CAS encourages students to be involved in activities as individuals and as part of a team that take place in local, national and international contexts. Creativity, activity, service enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development as well as their social and civic development, through experiential learning, lending an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the IB Diploma Program.
 
This blog is a chance to highlight the wide variety of CAS experiences that our students pursue as part of their Diploma. Please check back from time to time to see the exciting happenings our students are involved with.
 
We are also seeking input from the Woodcroft College community to promote opportunities to our Diploma students that they may not be aware of. If you feel you have information or an opportunity for students to be involved in, especially in the service aspect, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail.
 
Sarah Shoobridge
CAS Coordinator
shoobridge_s@woodcroft.sa.edu.au