Core Components

Extended Essay (EE)

The extended essay is one of the core components of IB Diploma Programme; a 4,000 word in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of approved Diploma Programme subjects. It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. The extended essay provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research about topics of their own choice, under the guidance of a subject supervisor who teaches here in SKISS. The goal is to complete a major piece of formal, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated logically and coherently about the research question chosen. The extended essay assists students in terms of being critical and independent thinkers. Our former students have acknowledged that the extended essay benefitted them with their research skills in their university studies.  In the context of a student’s education, universities view the extended essay as a very important tool in preparation for higher education.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

Theory of Knowledge has two assessed components, a presentation and an essay. Students complete the presentation at the end of their Junior year and the essay in December of their Senior year. Both of these require students to use the concepts they have learnt and apply them to real life situations. The essay titles are provided by IB in October and examples from previous years include: “We know with confidence only when we know little; with knowledge doubt increases” (adapted from JW von Goethe). Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge and ‘“Robust knowledge requires both consensus and disagreement.” Discuss this with reference to two areas of knowledge’.


CAS Trip

Organising IB Senior Graduation


Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS)

The CAS Programme is an 18-month course that requires students to take part in experiences that will provide them the opportunity to fulfil the requirements of 7 Learning Outcomes. CAS involves students in a range of enjoyable and significant experiences, as well as a CAS project. It is organised around three strands of Creativity, Activity and Service, where students have to try and ensure a balance in their portfolio. CAS complements a challenging academic programme in a holistic way, providing opportunities for independent goal setting, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment. Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma. Students also have to engage in three formal documented interviews throughout the two years, which allow them to verbally reflect on their own learning and progress. Reflection is central to building a deep and rich experience in CAS. A CAS portfolio serves as evidence of the student’s engagement with CAS.

There is such a wide range of experiences that students have previously been involved in as part of CAS, but some major events in school include [email protected], organising IB Seniors Graduation, Breast Cancer Awareness Week, SKISS Spirit Week and leading CCL Sessions.

Students are expected to find experiences outside of school, some of which include Ice Skating, Piano performance/examinations, Ballet examinations, teaching in a Refugee School. Ultimately, the meeting or development of the Learning Outcomes is the goal which students achieve through reflection after completing an experience.