The CAS programme at Markham is designed to build pupils’ independence, self-esteem, leadership skills and global mindedness.
What is CAS?
CAS is a framework for experiential learning, designed to involve pupils in new roles. The emphasis is on learning by doing real tasks that have real consequences and then reflecting on these experiences over time.
This process of “doing and reflecting on the doing” provides an excellent opportunity for pupils to extend what they learn within the classroom to a form of service. In Science, for example, classwork on biology or environmental systems may be applied to service work on the environment; in Design and Technology classwork may be applied to the design of devices that will improve the living conditions in a home, shantytown or refugee camp.
These experiences are not meant to be a shock for pupils; this would be counter to the educational aims of CAS. Rather they are designed to be both a rewarding and enriching experience for the pupils.
What does CAS mean?
- Creativity: Covers a wide range of arts and other activities that include creative thinking, dance, theatre, music and art
- Activity: Includes participation in expeditions, individual and team sports, and various other physical activities
- Service: Involves collaboration with organisations and groups in the community. Service should be related to an “authentic need” agreed upon by students and community members
All Sixth Form students (Secondary 5 from the National Programme and Secondary 5 and 6 from the IB Programme) are required to perform a determined number of hours in each aspect of Creativity, Action and Service in order to graduate from the College.