Resource book returns

The National Symbols Study Guide, which deals exclusively with local subjects, and is cited in the National Curriculum, is back in schools courtesy of Cayman National.

As original sponsor of the initial 2001 publication, the bank once more provided the funding for republication.

All 400 copies of the guide, written by Lois Blumenthal with pictures by Courtney Platt, were lost during Hurricane Ivan.

Five hundred copies of the book were recently reprinted for all teachers in Cayman, according to a release from the National Trust.

The Trust’s Education Programmes Manager, Marnie Laing, says that since education is one of the most crucial aspects of its work the resource book is one of its most important publications.

The new copies were distributed at last month’s teacher’s workshops hosted by the National Trust and Department of Education.

The workshops included presentations and fun-filled educational hands-on demonstrations and field trips.

There are three main sections to the Guide – the National Flower, the National Bird and the National Tree (including the history of thatching and the thatch rope industry).

The release added that the Study Guide is usable for students of all ages.

Basic information is supplemented with activities, bulletin board materials, work-sheets, background for teachers, Web links, original children’s stories based on real events drawn from the National Archive Memory Bank, field trip information, colour photographs, quizzes and more.

The Guide has the capability to be used extensively in science, history, social studies, drama, art and language studies.

According to Cayman National’s Corporate Communication’s Senior Executive, Claudia Welds, ‘youth and education is of significant importance to Cayman National, therefore we are indeed pleased to be able to support the National Trust in its efforts to reproduce this very important publication.’