Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is a core component of the IBDP that encourages students to develop their personal and interpersonal growth by learning through experience and by providing them with opportunities to show self-determination and collaboration with others. Students are involved in a broad range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout their secondary study.
Creativity – arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking. Creative experiences may include music, art and design, drama or dance. Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work. Activities could involve participation in sport or other activities requiring physical exertion such as camping trips and excursions. Service – an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. Service activities might include fundraising for charity as well as voluntary work for the community, etc.
TKHC has two types of OLE, namely Teacher-led Other Learning Experience (TOLE) and Paid Other Learning Experience (POLE), covering all the experiences of Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), and helping students avoid stress and burnout (according to different surveys such as one by the Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health).
TOLE is an OLE lesson with a more relaxed environment where teachers share their interests and talents with students. The objective of these activities is to ensure all students have opportunities to participate in teacher-led learning experiences, whether it is directly related to students’ learning interest or a whole new learning experience to enrich students’ learning experience. TOLE programme activities have included photography, singing, Chinese Arts and Crafts, movie appreciation, yoga, fun maths and science, Chinese Speech, chess, and more.
POLE is an optional after-school programme which students sign up for based on their learning interests. Our POLE programme is inspired by the Multiple Intelligence Theory (MI) to provide broad and balanced learning experiences to our students. The Multiple Intelligence Theory (MI) was developed by Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate Professor in the School of Education. Gardner’s theory maintains that each person possesses several intelligences which are used to carry out specific tasks. It suggests human intelligence can be differentiated into eight modalities: visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, musical-rhythmic, logical-mathematical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic and bodily-kinesthetic.