The extra- curricular extension of learning is the hallmark of the IBDP and embedded in the CAS (Creativity-Action Service ) component of the programme. As the IB programme states, “the goal of educating the whole person and fostering more caring and socially responsible attitudes comes alive when students reach beyond themselves and their books.” (From the IBDP CAS Guide 2008). In CAS, 150 hours of activities are required of students (50 in each component) using the following understanding of each component:
Creativity: Involves a wide range of arts, and other activities as well as the creativity of the student to design, plan and carry out service projects.
Action: It may include participation in expedition, individual and team sports, physical training, and physical activity.
Service: Involves community or social service for others. By definition, it must stress interaction with others. Service is relationship based; activities should not only involve doing things for others, but also doing things with others and developing a real commitment.
Goldcrest International assists students in finding CAS activities best suited to their interests as well as sponsors activities. The school has had a series of successful CAS activities including a Clean Vashi Campaign, an ongoing Saturday program for special needs children and a Village school project in rural Maharashtra.