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International School Suva

World Class Citizens ~ Life Long Learners

Creative Action and Services (CAS)

 

Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) is an extra-curricular framework that promotes learning through completing and reflecting upon real tasks that have real consequences, over the span of the IB diploma. Students are given the opportunity to transform what they have learned in the classroom into a form of service and interaction. The CAS experience encourages students to build relationships with others over time and develop the self-worth of service providers and receivers. The aim of CAS is to build self-esteem, self-confidence, self-reliance, autonomy, collaborative action skills, compassion for others, and an awareness of global issues through creative expression, physical activities and service projects. The Creativity, Action and Service framework encourages participants to become open-minded, life-long learners, with a desire to be active agents for progressive change in local, national and global communities.
In order to successfully complete the CAS programme, students are required to do no less than 50 hours in each of the three areas. Once students become immersed in CAS they are usually inspired to give more of their time, as they begin to see the benefits of change and action within themselves and within the community. Therefore, the total of 150 hours acts only as a minimum guideline for students who are encouraged to start and complete all projects, regardless of the total hours.
 
Main objectives of CAS requirement:
  • Attitudes and values which respect human dignity, transcending race, class religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity and political stance
  • An awareness of humanitarian and environmental issues with a viable, informed ethical position considering local, national and international circumstances
  • Self-confidence and modesty
  • A willingness to interact meaningfully with others
  • A sense of responsibility towards all members of the local, national and international communities and a commitment to contribute valuable to these communities
  • A recognition and respect for the human rights of all persons in our global community
  • Personal qualities of curiosity, honesty and self-criticism
  • An ability to deliberate, reflect upon and learn from experiences
  • A spirit of discovery, commitment, initiative, determination and perseverance
  • The ability to meet challenges and an awareness of personal limitations
  • Practical skills which can be used in the service of others and in a future career
 
Creativity
This element of CAS covers a wide range of arts and other activities outside the normal curriculum, including creative thinking and problem solving within the design process. Activities include: dance, music, art, theatre, and the planning processes that support other Action and Service activities. Students are encouraged to participate in group activities and in new roles wherever possible, however individual commitment to the learning and practicing of an art form is also accepted.
 
Action
This element of CAS can include participation in individual and team sports, physical activities and expeditions outside the normal curriculum, and in some circumstances physical activity involved in carrying out other CAS projects. Students are encouraged to participate in group and team activities as well as undertaking new, challenging roles. Individual commitment to these physical activities is also acceptable.
 
Service
Recognized as perhaps the most transforming element of CAS, service projects and activities allow students to build direct links with individuals and groups throughout their local communities. This interaction helps to nurture and shape students as global citizens who recognize and respect the human rights of all people. Students do not simply provide service for others, they become facilitators and managers for new projects, assessing and understanding need, while developing a sincere commitment to not only the service and the community but also to the process. Students are expected to respect themselves and the community they are helping, as well as upholding human rights and building on strong moral principles.
 
CAS Activities
CAS Can Swim Program
Marcellin Primary School Program

IGCSE

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS
INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION


The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) program is part of University of Cambridge International Examinations and is taken in 60 subjects in over 124 countries worldwide. it is an internationally recognized qualification for 14 to 16 year olds.

The IGCSE provides a wide curriculum specifically catering to the needs of an international community with an assessment system appropriate for students of all abilities.

It is a two year program leading to a certificate, which is internationally recognized. in order for students to be awarded the IGCSE Certificate, students must take the final examinations that are externally set and graded. The IGCSE is an excellent preparatory course for the rigors of senior school.


Students start the program in Year 9 and take the examinations in either the June session (International Mathematics and Foreign Language Mandarin Chinese) or the November session (English Language, English Literature, Global Perspectives, Information Communication Technology, Accounting, Business, History, Foreign Language French, Coordinated Science, Physical Education, Mathematics, International Mathematics, Music, Art and Design). Students can also take Drama in Year 9 and 10 however it is not usually taken as an examination subject.


The IGCSE is a good preparation for the courses in Year 11 and 12, whether those taken for the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. In 2016, two new subjects are being offered at ISS, Environmental Management which is a good precursor subject for Environmental Systems and Societies in Years 11 and 12, and Travel and Tourism. The introduction of these subjects is a direct response to student needs and interests.

 

Students completing the IGCSE at ISS are also expected to complete the requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh's International Bronze Award.

Assessment Outlines

 

Semester 2:

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning and is on-going at ISS. Assessment tasks for Semester Two 2016 are contained in this booklet and they are listed by subject. The tasks are also ordered by the week when they are due and you will find this at the back of the book.

Please note the following points:

  • The weeks are ordered over the entire semester, weeks 1 – 20.
  • Student task sheets should be printed out and given to students, with the relevant marking criteria included.
  • Not all tasks are done at home. Some are done in class and these are indicated by an asterisk. In addition to these major assessment tasks, smaller, formative tasks may be issued in the intervening weeks.
  • Due dates are approximate and are provided more as a guide for when the assessments should take place. They may change if unforeseen circumstances prevent them from happening.

Key examination periods for all students are in Week 7 and 16 for most year levels. This semester students will be expected to participate in the following:

  • Year 9 – Exams based on all work completed this year in Week 16
  • Year 10 – Mock Examinations based on the full two years of work in Week 7
  • Year 11 IB Diploma - Exams based on all work completed this year in Week 16
  • Year 12 IB Diploma – Mock Examinations based on the full two years of work in Week 7
  • Year 11 and 12 ACT – Assessment tasks are as listed, in some case two 0.5 units will complete the semester rather than a 1.0 unit.

Please do not hesitate to contact the teacher concerned or myself, for clarification if required.

ACT

The Australian Capital Territory Curriculum

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) program is a two year course for students in Year 11 and Year 12. The program is administered by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) based in Canberra, Australia. Students at International School Suva (ISS) who undertake the ACT program chose to study a tertiary package, which makes them eligible to receive an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). The ATAR is used by universities throughout Australia for entry selection and it may also be used for entrance to universities throughout the world. From this year onwards five learning areas will be common to all states under thea Australian Curriculum banner, namely; English, Mathematics, Sciences, History and Geography. More at: http://www.bsss.act.edu.au/curriculum/australian_curriculum.

 

Courses and Assessments

The ACT curriculum provides a range of excellent courses in a wide range of subjects and since there is no prescribed combination of subjects; students are able to choose courses that play to their strengths. All subject courses delivered at ISS are approved and accredited by the BSSS in Canberra. Subjects are taught as units per semester, enabling students to either complete a major consisting of 3.5 or 4 units or a minor made up of 2 units. Students must complete either 4 majors and 1 minor or 3 majors and 3 minors to finish the program accumulating a minimum of 20 units, 18 of which must be tertiary units. . All assessments are school based, that is, they are internally designed by teachers in line with the framework set by the BSSS.

At the end of each semester, teachers from ISS present portfolios of students’ work at Moderation Meetings in Canberra. This moderation ensures grades and assessments are consistent across subjects and schools in the system. Whilst there are no external subject-specific examinations, students studying the tertiary package will sit the ACT Scaling Test (AST) in September of Year 12. This is a higher order thinking examination, used to compare tertiary scores within a school and across schools for calculating of the ATAR.

At ISS students typically study five to six subjects with a compulsory course in English and Mathematics for at least the first year. All academic courses at ISS are tertiary (T) courses. A T course is one that has been deemed suitable by the BSSS to prepare students for tertiary studies. Apart from T courses we offer the Duke of Edinburgh (DOE) and the Creativity, Arts and Service (CAS) programs classified as R courses. An R course is one which provides outside learning situations that are appropriate for students in Year 11 and Year 12. They give recognition for activities which lead to personal development, recreational or community service activities.

Warning: If students do not complete more than 70% of their tasks per unit OR are absent from class at least 10% of the timetabled classes per semester OR both, they risk being voided from those units.

 

ACT Qualifications

Upon successful completion of their studies students obtain the following certificates which can be useful for tertiary applications.

1. The ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and Record of Achievement – this reports the years of attendance together with the units and grades undertaken at the graduating college.

2. The Tertiary Entrance Statement – this reports the information used to calculate the student’s ATAR. This will report the top three majors and the fourth best major or minor.

For further information on the ACT Senior Secondary System visit the BSSS website – http://www.bsss.act.edu.au/information_for_students.