CAS Programme @ FLAG
CAS (Creativity, Action & Service) is a fundamental part of the IB Diploma programme and takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies. One very important component of CAS is service, which comprises of a host of community and social service activities through liaisons with NGOs as well as independent student initiated activities. Besides community service, IB Diploma students are also encouraged to explore their artistic and athletic potential through various creative and action oriented activities in school.
As part of the CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) Program at FLAG, IB Diploma students participate in the following activities:
- Sculpting: Students learn the nuances of sculpting using Plaster of Paris and a range of sculpting tools.
- Photography: Students are introduced to the different features of cameras, the different types of photography and the aesthetics of photo-taking. The photography workshop is lead by a professional photographer and is followed by a practical session where students are encouraged to use their cameras and its features to the maximum. The students also use their photography skills for school events and yearbook.
- Creative Writing: The Creative Writing sessions at FLAG enhance the writing skills of students and give them an opportunity to explore the world of words. Students learn about the different aspects of creative writing such as story complications, resolutions, dialogue, characters, description, settings, style etc.
- Yearbook Compilation: Diploma students with a flair for writing team up to put together an entire year's school work and play into print for the school community to recollect.
- Child to Child Program: The Child to Child Program is essentially a skills sharing program between FLAG students and the students from Mumbai Mobile Creches (MMC, an NGO that works for the education of children on construction sites). FLAG and MMC students meet on a monthly basis to share skills that either group is proficient in. FLAG students have taught the MMC students football, computers and table tennis whereas the MMC students have shared skills like warli painting and puppet making.
- Guitar Classes: Students attend guitar lessons in school once a week. They are taught basic tunes in the first few months after which they learn to strum more difficult tunes. The students are trained so that they may later be able to take the Trinity UK Music Exams. Students are encouraged to use the Music Room to practice during breaks and free time.
- Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon: The IB Diploma students participate in the Mumbai Marathon which is a 7 kms run organized on a massive scale to raise funds and awareness about NGOs and the causes they support. FLAG students participate along with students from Mumbai Mobile Creches (MMC) in support of the education and well being of underprivileged children on construction sites. Students also help to raise funds for MMC.
- Collection Drives: Students organize collection drives for NGOs in need of materials for village schools, slums, orphanages, old age homes, etc. Posters are put up in the school premises and students campaign to collect books, clothes, newspapers, toys, utensils and more for the needy. This year the students collected materials over a 2 week period for the people of the flood hit areas of Karnataka.
- School Events: IB Diploma students plan, organize and participate in schools events like Teacher's Day and Annual Day. They tap their potential to put together a show for their teachers and parents and bring out their talent on stage be it in the area of music, dance, drama or elocution.
- Interact Clubs: The FLAG Interact Club is a youth group that participates in different activities during the year ranging from visits to The Society for the Education of the Crippled to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). The main aim is to make a difference to society through small initiatives.
- Arts & Craft: This includes a variety of creative activities like marble painting, warli art, 'Best out of Waste' (craft using recycled materials), backdrop painting; mask making, greeting cards etc.
CAS Events @ FLAG
- Donation Drive - Mission Vision - 7th Sept 2012
- Canvas Painting - 10th Jan 2012
- ADAPT (Fun n Fair) - Fri 18th Nov 2011
- Kundalika - 22nd & 23rd Oct 2011
- Trinayani - 26th Nov 2011
- International Coastal Cleanup Drive - 17th Sept 2011
- Sculpting - 9th and 10th Sept 2011
- Child-to-Child Session with the Mumbai Mobile Creches Children - 7th July to 11th Aug 2011
Fazlani L'Academie Globale believes that "Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"
Keeping the above aim in mind, the students of the IB CAS programme (Creativity, Action and Service) joined hands with Help Age India, an NGO that supports the betterment of the elderly citizens of our society.
For the academic year 2012 - 2013, FLAG in association with Help Age India, proudly accepted the challenge of providing the gift of eye sight to the elderly. As we are all aware life without vision becomes nearly impossible especially for the tired bodies of the aged. So, the students had a chance to re kindle joy and light in their lives for which they worked towards with full enthusiasm. This was not an easy task to accomplish as the backbone of every social cause is finance. Hence the students of FLAG decided to carry out a donation drive to collect enough money to fund cataract operations. And so began the journey of "Mission Vision!"
The FLAGites started their campaign by making several awareness posters using a variety of art techniques like paper quelling, collage and charcoal drawing, requesting participation from the students and their parents to support this initiative. Furthermore, in order to enlighten the entire FLAG community about the agony experienced by the senior citizens, a few students designed a convincing computer presentation that highlighted all the actions carried out to make society aware of the concerns of the aged and promote better understanding of ageing issues.
The donation drive that was carried out by the students was a booming success as a whooping amount of one lakh thirty five thousand rupees was collected. At the cost of a thousand rupees per operation, we made it possible to restore the eyesight for a hundred and thirty five people.
The final objective of Mission Vision was to ensure that the cataract surgeries were a success, and so to accomplish this task the FLAG students of Grade 11 and 12 visited the Bhakti Vedant Hospital which in collaboration with Helpage India, conducted an eye camp, where the operations were carried out. On Friday, 07 September 2012, the students visited the Bhakti Vedant Hospital and had the opportunity to meet the beneficiaries of their strong willed effort.
Community Service has been an integral part of Fazlani L'Academie Globale. We have always encouraged our students to lend a helping hand and recognize people from different aspects of life and accept them as equal citizens of our country. Just as the school claims they are "A school where leaders evolve".
This activity was planned for our CAS students who got an opportunity to learn to work with acrylic paints on canvas. They were taught to paint landscapes in the Impressionistic style. Students benefitted from teacher demonstrations of sketching on the canvas and various methods of paint application. She gave advice on composition and how to make harmonious color choices. Individual attention was given to students as together they worked to improve their paintings. Depending upon their speed and working methods every student completed one painting on the canvas.
ADAPT formerly The Spastic Society of India was founded by Padmashree Dr. Mithu Alur in 1972 with 3 young students. Today the little special school has become one of the foremost developmental organization in the nation dealing with the myriad needs of children and youth with multiple disability such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Slow learners and Intellectually Challenged children.
We at Fazlani L'Academie Globale rightly believe that "The problem is not how to wipe out the differences but how to unite with the differences intact".
Keeping this belief in mind our FLAG IBDP CAS students organised a fun n fair for Children's Day at the ADAPT Colaba centre where the students with multiple disabilities enjoyed a fun packed day with our 11th & 12th Graders.
FLAG organized an adventurous overnight camp to Kundalika exclusively for the IBDP student's. This trip had the right mix of fun and education. The itinerary was carefully designed for students keeping the action component of CAS in mind. The highlight of this camp was river rafting, taking action and team building component of CAS into consideration.
Trinayani an NGO, works towards creating mass awareness on Disability issues and providing support to people with disabilities, believes that neglecting the cause of including people with disabilities in the mainstream of social life happens more out of ignorance, misinformation and exposure to Appropriate Visibility of persons with disabilities.
Towards achieving the purpose of Disability Awareness among the Academic community, Fazlani L'Academie Globale joined hands with Trinayani towards hosting their TRIUMPH TOGETHER Dance Movement Therapy Workshop which was inclusive in nature as students from different schools having multiple disabilities were invited to Fazlani L'Academie Globaleand all together got an opportunity to be a part of The Dance/musical Inclusion Workshop.
This was an initiative by the IBDP CAS students.
Our IBDP CAS students along with students from Grades 7 & 8 participated in the International Coastal Cleanup Drive conducted by ReefWatch [Marine Conservation] at Dadar Chowpatty on 17th September 2011. It was conducted by the Indian Coast Guard in co ordination with the Essar Group. This clean up drive was well-attended by enthusiastic adults and students alike, providing a much-needed respite to the city's shores.
The clean-up drive was primarily conducted as a symbolic movement to make people aware of their responsibilities towards the environment they live in. "Do not litter" was a point that was driven home in the minds of every individual who picked up a piece of trash on this Clean up day.
FLAG organized a workshop on sculpting for which Mr Pradeep Shinde, a professional sculptor from J.J.School of Arts was invited to handle the two day workshop. Friday, 9th September 2011 and Saturday, 10th September 2011 kept our IBDP students busy throughout the day. This art activity was planned keeping the CAS requirement of IB in mind. Some of the learning outcomes like develops new skills, works collaboratively with others and under takes new challenges were very well achieved through this activity. The entire procedure of drawing an image, moulding with plaster of paris and clay and finally fiber casting the image was an experience that shall remain with our students for a long time.
Young children and their working mothers are one of the most vulnerable sections living in poverty in India today. While the adults toil, young children suffer as they are neglected and the older ones bear the responsibility of adult chores.
CAS students of FLAG (grades 11 & 12) joined hands with an NGO called The Mumbai Mobile Creche and accepted this challenge of educating the underprivileged children with basic computer knowledge.