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CAS Projects

Starting in Grade 11, ISR students take part in different service projects in the three fields of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS). CAS is central to the philosophy of the IB Diploma programme and enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. It fosters the student’s awareness and appreciation of life beyond the academic arena.

For student development to occur, CAS needs to involve:

  • real, purposeful activities and projects with significant learning outcomes
  • personal challenge
  • thoughtful consideration, such as planning and reflecting on the outcomes and the personal learning

With guidance from their CAS Coordinator, students at ISR choose their own CAS activities and projects and undertake them in a local and international context as appropriate meaning that students “own” their personal CAS programs.

Examples of past and present CAS projects

  • 2016 charity 01CAS students support local “Aktion Lichtblicke e. V.” with our school bus! – ISR students Hanna D., Marius E., Justus S., Jonathan S., Kotaro K. and Vincent G. handed over a donation of 1000 € to support “Aktion Lichtblicke e. V.” The students prompted and motivated pedestrians in Neuss and Düsseldorf to take and post a picture of the yellow American school bus on ISR’s Facebook page. ISR donated 1 € for every picture posted. This was a fantastic learning experience for all students involved.
  • Habitat for Humanity Project – in 2014 a project was started to build houses for those in need in Romania and this venture continued in 2015 with another group of students in Portugal
  • Model United Nations – ISR was represented at the Baltic MUN in Rostock in 2014. This debate tournament was based on discussing global issues were with other European students. Jonas B. was awarded the title Mr. MUN for his outstanding debate skills. The school has been taking part at various MUN conferences ever since.
  • Operation Wallacea – international scientific research expedition in Greece
  • Volunteer work at summer camps and orphanages for children in need in China and Nepal
  • Charity events and other fund raising events for various causes like the Charity Bike Challenge (CBC24) where Leopold B. and Nick H. rode their bicycles from Düsseldorf to London in 21 hours to raise 5,000 € to rebuild a school in Haiti. Other students raised funds through half-marathons, “Tour de Ruhr” and the “Three Country Challenge” (hiking/biking/kayaking charity events)
  • Teaching primary students and supporting schools with supplies needed in Thailand and Indonesia
  • Support the German Bone Marrow Donor Association (DKMS)
  • SLO® (SABIS Student Life Organization®) – peer tutoring and study group leaders in various subjects
  • SLO® Big Brother / Big Sister mentoring program
  • SLO® Deputy Head in various departments
  • SLO® Senior Prefect in various departments
  • Teaching English at a local primary school or extended day care in the Neuss region. Sven K. won an Integration Award from the Rhein-Kreis-Neuss
  • Volunteer work at local food banks and thrift shops in Düsseldorf and Neuss
  • Support a local organization for homeless people
  • Local Fire Brigade and THW – (technical support unit for emergencies) training sessions/volunteer programs
  • Volunteer at the Red Cross
  • Volunteer work at a local animal shelter
  • Participation in various SLO® activities as a club leader
  • Offer an art workshop as an activity for younger students in ISR
  • Volunteer work at a local orphanage
  • Music lessons for developmentally challenged children
  • Volunteer work at local retirement communities
  • Volunteer work at an elderly home for Parkinson patients
  • Therapeutical horseback riding sessions for mentally challenged kids
  • Art Workshops for children from socially deprived families
  • Bird House Project – part of the German Nature Conservation Union
  • Support the Children’s Hospice Regenbogenland in Düsseldorf
  • Graffiti Club as an SLO® activity created a public mural in Neuss with the theme “Anti-Racism”
  • Business Club – students created their own business plan for a youth program and won 2nd place in a local competition organized by the City of Neuss
  • SLO® Yearbook Team

Mr. Urban

IB CAS Coordinator

Mr. Urban

Mr. Urban

IB CAS Coordinator

Our two Alumni, Tim and Alexander, captured a few of their “CAS Moments”:

What a really diverse and wide-ranging CAS portfolio looks like: