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Creativity, Activity & Service

CAS challenges students to apply their learning in real-world settings. It also deepens their learning from the co-curricular experiences they're already engaged with. In this way, the program is geared to promoting student wellbeing.
— John Sweetman, Director of Community Service, Clubs and the IB's Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) Program

The CAS connection

CAS is the final leg in a service journey that starts at the Preparatory School as part of the IB's Primary Years Programme's Action component.

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  • John Sweetman

    Director of Community Service, Clubs and the IB's Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) Program
Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is a required component of the IB Diploma Programme. It deepens learning in co-curricular areas and encourages students to take advantage of the breadth of opportunities UCC offers. In addition to incorporating activities across the three strands into their weekly schedules, students must complete a CAS project that is self-initiated and requires sustained collaboration. 

Within the IB's Middle Years Programme, CAS is called Service Learning. Both programs offer opportunity for connection between classroom learning and a service-oriented action. 


The Creativity component involves activities that provide opportunities for personal growth through exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance. Students might join a band or choir, write articles or design pages for a student publication or shoot photos with the Photography Club.


Activity-oriented experiences include opportunities in both team and individual sports, as well as recreational activities that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. In addition to the extensive sports programs, UCC offers dozens of clubs, including mountain biking, judo, fencing and outdoor tripping.


Service is the collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need. Students can take part in individual projects or join team-based service projects and service clubs. Service opportunities range from local to national and international projects, and from short-term to year-long commitments. Boys can work at a local food bank or seniors’ home, volunteer with our Horizons tutoring program for public schools in priority neighbourhoods or volunteer with not-for-profit organization. 

CAS in action

The CAS Project

Here are some examples of CAS projects:

When he returned home to Hong Kong during summer and winter vacations, boarder Jonathan took part in Habitat for Humanity.

Teddy cleaned golf carts through the summer to raise funds for Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAH) so they could purchase a much-needed infant heartbeat Doppler.

Matthew standardized the software used on UCC’s student webserver and wrote a program called Moonbase to allow students to more easily manage their web projects.
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