The Cayman International School marked the official opening of its new home in a unique way with the burial of a time capsule and a special tree planting.
Keeping to the event’s theme of ‘Grow with us’, each class planted an indigenous tree beside a plaque engraved with the year they will graduate.
Organizers hope this year’s tree planting will be the start of a new CIS tradition where every year the new Nursery intake will plant a commemorative tree.
‘As the children move up through the school, they will be able to watch their tree grow from sapling to maturity,’ said CIS principal Greg Hedger.
‘The trees will also have the additional benefit of providing shade in play areas and around the sports fields.’
After the ceremony, an open house gave parents and guests a chance to tour the classrooms, which was followed by an exciting exhibition soccer game between the school’s first team and CIS staff on the school’s brand new football pitch.
The design of CIS focuses on four classroom buildings and landscaped courtyards facilitating outdoor learning which give identity to the early development, elementary, middle and high school age ranges.
Situated on 13 acres, and with a current student enrolment of 220 and anticipated to reach 500, CIS is an integral part of the new town being built at Camana Bay.
‘CIS is proud to have partnered with Camana Bay,’ said Dr. Hedger. ‘A new facility offers us the opportunity to expand on the quality learning experiences at CIS in an environment that is rich in space and designed to promote learning.’
The 550-acre mixed use master-planned Camana Bay community extends from Seven Mile Beach to the North Sound. Camana Bay will offer residential apartments and homes, gardens and commercial offices and a variety of retail, restaurant and entertainment venues.