Wow time flies. It’s the end of CAS. Quick message to the year 12s: enjoy it. CAS was… a surprisingly great experience. Now as I approach the end of year 13, CAS suddenly feels substantial. All of us were able to help in some way.

Last week, I had a wonderful interview with Mr Paterson that highlighted the key turing points in my CAS journey. The learning objective that I felt like I achieved the most in CAS is LO1: I identify my strengths, I identify areas for growth.

I understood that I was quite good at planning, so I organised the roles and responsibilities for our group members in Feline Cross. It was a great experience to be able to save three cats. We built them a sanctuary as their home, and we were also able to vaccinate all of them from diseases. It was also so exciting to receive offers for their adoption. But we’re leaving that responsibility to the year 12s…

For my activity, I did what my CAS mentor suggested. I accomplished my long time goal of joining the volleyball team. Truthfully, I had attempted to join it since year 10, where I first became interested in the sport. But, year after year I was rejected. CAS gave me the motivation for a final push. I joined the SEASAC training sessions and practiced everyday at home. In the end, I was selected for the first cut and got one of the best experiences of my life.

For creativity, I went down the ethical route for my final DT project. I created a new art shelf for Sekolah Bisa tailored specifically towards their requirements. It replaced their old one made of fabric, which was old, dirty, and barely suitable for their continued use. The students were so happy. I realised that my efforts really did make an impact.

I’m grateful that IB encouraged (forced) me to take on all these service projects. It became the catalyst for my impact on the world. So i’m going to sign off for the last time with one of my favourite quotes, which (hopefully) highlights the importance of taking action.

“You can’t make footprints in the sands of time if you’re sitting on your butt. And who wants to make buttprints in the sands of time?” 

~ Bob Moawad