CAS knitting for charity
The IB Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) is a core element of the Diploma Programme. Students are to demonstrate ongoing engagement in CAS and they report that CAS experiences and the amazing things learnt through CAS, are often a real surprise and have a significant impact on their view of the world. The following students have been involved in our Knitting for Charity CAS group and are demonstrating both the creative and service elements of CAS.
“At the start of the year, and at the commencement of my CAS journey, I decided that I wanted to join the knitting club. However, back then I had no idea how the knitting club ran, where the knitted squares went to, and, quite frankly, why QAHS students would want to spend their Thursday lunch break Knitting for Charity. I soon learnt that it is not just about knitting a small square of yarn, handing it in, and repeating the process. The knitting club is about real teamwork, commitment, and using your strengths to benefit others. Working together with the Animal Welfare League CAS group, the members of the knitting club work together to teach each other, knit squares, sew them together, and donate them to animals in need. Personally, the feeling of seeing your knitted square surrounded by those of others in the culmination of a rug is really special, as I feel that I have contributed to a worthy cause. The rugs that we make really demonstrate the skills of each individual of the knitting club; people of all knitting abilities, from all grades, come together to help the community. Even though we have different interests, different friendship groups, and different schedules, we join together on a Thursday at lunch time to work towards a common goal of helping the community. I commend the knitting club for their effort throughout 2015.”
“When I first was taught how to knit by my grandmother at nine years old, I thought it was pointless and didn’t enjoy it at all. I had heard of knitting for charity before, but I didn’t know what we were expected to do and I definitely was not willing to give up my time to knit. Then, when I came to QAHS, I found out that some of my friends did knitting and asked what was required from them. I was told that it was all for a good cause, that everything we knit, gets put together into a blanket and given to charity. This includes the Animal Welfare League, so we collaborate with our school’s Animal Welfare League group to donate some of the blankets to the animals. So I joined the club and I really enjoy it because it makes me happy to see the little squares I knit get put together with my friends’ knitting to make a blanket that will be donated. Knitting Club also allows me to develop my skills in knitting as the more I knit, the faster and more accurate I become. I don’t regret joining this club as having that small skill can help so many in need.”
“In addition to the smaller knitted blankets for the Animal Welfare League the knitting club members also completed two large blankets which we donated to the Homeless Connect Event on the 5 August at Metricon Stadium. This was the culmination of last year’s knitted squares painstakingly sewn together to make two warm, colourful blankets to keep someone warm. We are in the process of completing another large blanket and the students are to be complimented on their dedication and persistence in creating these useful and practical items ready for next winter. I have enjoyed working with such an enthusiastic and responsive group of students willing to work steadily together to produce such great results.”
Ms Christine Hammerton
CAS Knitting Club supervisor