My experience of CAS (Community, Action, Service)

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Author: Sofia Soares

Student, ACS Cobham

I’ve been doing CAS for nearly 6 years now, and I truly believe that it helped to shape the way I grew, as a person and as a student. CAS encompasses a variety of different activities, split into three categories: Creative, Action, Service. Most extra or co-curricular activities fall into one of these categories, and it encourages us to think more deeply about what we are doing, how we are doing it and how it affects us and those around us.

CAS criteria 

Since I’ve joined the school, I’ve participated in a number of different activities and charities, and now that I’ve started the IB program, it is an absolutely vital part of the graduation process. The criteria for choosing CAS activities is simple and encourages you to choose things that you’re particularly interested in or that relate to what you want to study in university. As part of CAS, we do many different activities, but one of them will be counted as a CAS project, and this should be an activity that you show commitment to and focus on.

My CAS project

For my CAS project, I chose to join the Agape student lounge, where food and snacks are sold and the profits are donated to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Last year they raised over £5,000, and I’m determined to improve that number. As one of the three co-leaders I have to sacrifice lunches and free times in order to supervise younger members and help with management and cleaning, and I couldn’t think of anything better to do with my time. This has taught me responsibility and organization and allowed me to apply business and economic concepts to real life situations as well as making a positive impact on the community. Along with this I am promotional manager to the LINK charity, part of the prom committee, do yoga and present the ACS news Horoscopes and hope to be doing many more activities next year!

School charities

There are many charities in the school, such as Cancer Relief, Liberty in North Korea, Agape, Namibia, Disaster Relief Fund, Amnesty International and many, many more, making ACS a wonderful, caring and giving environment, full of selfless students who invest their time and effort into improving our community, our lives, and our world.

CAS has been a vital part of my development as a young person and has provided me with priceless life experiences. I have been camping with a Bedouin tribe, cleaned a Falaj water system, built a mosque, worked with people from all over the world, and I truly hope that I have made a difference to just one person. Somewhere along the line, CAS became about more than just graduation, and the reflections became more than just homework. CAS became about changing who you are, and making a positive impact on the world and those around you.

Sofia Soares

Student, ACS Cobham

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