15 Dec 2015

CAS Week 2016


Dear Parents and Guardian,

You only have to pick up a copy of the Explorer Yearbook to see how important and valued CAS Week is at Sha Tin College.  The pages shine with the enjoyment and achievements of our students. Whether it’s standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro or choosing to face a fear of performing by taking part in the Drama workshop, CAS Week encapsulates everything that we believe in as a school.  The week is built on partnership between students and all staff; provides exciting learning opportunities; encourages everyone to develop the spirit to meet great challenge head on and students gain a wonderful sense of personal achievement from their endeavours.  All this from an education experience that develops the whole person through creative, active and empathetic engagement with the World around us.

Preparations for CAS Week 2016 are moving forward in the school calendar this year.  This helps us to get the best deals on flights and accommodation.  It helps us to secure places on activities overseas and in Hong Kong.

Students in the current Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 have 58 activities available to them – a record number of options. The sad thing is each student can still choose only three and participate in just one of these amazing experiences.

In response to feedback from students, the PTSA and colleagues, the average cost of overseas trips has dropped; there are more local options than ever before and more service options too. We also include five CAS Weeks designed by students themselves. The conversation about how to improve the CAS Week experience for all students is always ongoing and I welcome your ideas and feedback. Ideally, this time next year, I would love to include  some Parent Designed CAS Week ideas too…

Year 13 students will continue to look to their future in a Group 4 Project and Higher Education Week. Year 7 will immerse themselves in activity at Camp, which is an important bonding experience as they form new relationships as part of our community.  Year 8 will work with the company, Scottish Opera, to create a truly magical performance.

I invite you now to look at the proposed activities for 2016 and make your options. I’m sure we are all looking forward to another year of personal success for all concerned.

Yours sincerely,
Gareth Morgan
Senior Leader