Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)

One of the core aims of the International Baccalaureate is to develop caring members of society who have strong academic, personal and social skills and want to make a positive difference to the lives of others.

As a result, every Diploma Programme student at Southbank takes part in organised Creativity, Activity and Service activities throughout their time with us.

We believe this participation provides a refreshing counterbalance to studies, helps students connect with life outside of school and develops skills which will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

In addition, many CAS activities can be matched to a student to help them achieve their university and career aspirations.

CAS defined

Interpreted broadly to include a range of arts activities, as well as the creativity students demonstrate in designing and implementing service projects.

Examples include working on the school play or yearbook; contributing to the school newspaper; designing posters for fundraising events; singing Christmas Carols to raise money for a charity.


Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle. This includes participation in individual and team sports, as well as a student taking part in a school expedition or a local or international volunteering project.


This encompasses a host of community and social service activities, both within and outside of our school.

Examples include organising a tea dance to raise money for Age UK; taking elderly people Christmas shopping; offering computer coaching to local people; hosting after-school homework clubs.

Our annual trip to Tanzania

As part of our Creativity, Activity and Service programme, we offer Grade 11 students the opportunity to travel to Tanzania in our spring term.

The main purpose of the trip is to support local communities in central Tanzania through activities such as the renovation of school classrooms and students teaching local children.

In addition, our trip to Tanzania is often a rewarding and inspirational journey for our students, and helps them to develop practical, planning and teamwork skills.

Read more about our annual Tanzania trip.


“The trip to Tanzania is one that I have been looking forward to from a very young age. The activities that we did, as well as the experience in general, was all that the hype had built it up to be. I would greatly recommend it to future students.”
Former pupil at Kensington and current Grade 11 student at Westminster

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