Clarke Award finalists announced

Business conglomerate, dms Organization Ltd., has announced the finalists for this year’s Joanna Clarke Excellence in Education Award.

Finalists met with the JCA Committee

Finalists met with the JCA Committee to present their projects. From left to right are JCAsTanya-Marie Samuels, April Cummings and Lydia Warren with John A. Cumber Primary School finalist representatives; Rebekah Jefferson and Marcia Rennie, dms representative; Shannon Wilcox, JCA Committee member; Anne Briggs and the awards namesake and committee member; Joanna Clarke. Photo: Submitted

The six finalists are Cayman Islands Youth Development Consortium, the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, the Cayman Islands Scout Association, John A. Cumber Primary School, and John Gray High School.

Chosen from 14 entries from the public and private schools sector, government and community organisations; those shortlisted are applying for funding for a range of projects:

?CI Youth Development Consortium requires funding to launch phase two of its Youth Development Partnership Scheme. The project provides school-based, after-school community programmes helping to build partnerships with the youth, parents and the community to empower youngsters.

?NCVO seeks funding for its ‘Accessing Computer Aided Learning’ initiative. This would give Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home residents the computing and network equipment, and the same access to computer websites and activities as peers schooled at George Hicks and John Gray High Schools.

?Cayman Islands Scout Association want funds to start a band for the pack. Potential funds would help buy musical instruments and uniforms, as well as to hire an instructor to train its band members.

?John A. Cumber Primary School requires funding for its ‘Improving Literacy and Numeracy Through the Arts’ initiative. The project encourages greater student involvement in the performing and visual arts by classroom teachers, subject specialists, and after-school programmes.

?John Gray High School has two applications that which have been selected for finalist consideration this year. The first is for funding for its ‘BTEC First in Music Technology.’ The course gives 180 hours of guided learning and offers students an introductory qualification focusing employment within the music industry, involving sound engineering and technology.

JGHS also seeks funding for the ‘John Gray Surf Club.’ The after-school programme aims to foster physical, emotional and environmental wellness in students. Funding would buy surfboards, kayaks and a trailer to transport surf equipment.

According to the JCA Committee, which celebrates the service of long-time educator Ms Joanna Clarke, it began canvassing for 2009 applicants in early March. Finalists met recently with the committee and presented their projects as well as facing a question-and-answer session, both of which will be considered against the award’s criteria.

According to the statement, the 2009 winner(s) will be announced on Saturday, 30 May at an Award Evening at Ristorante Pappagallo. If several worthy projects are identified, the committee may provide grants to multiple organisations up to $12,000 KYD in total.

Past recipients include 2007 winner, Savannah Primary School PTA, which used the funding to pay for new playground equipment and 2008 winner, John Gray High School, for its ‘Blueprint for Literacy’ initiative.
For further information on the Joanna Clarke Excellence in Education Award, visit, email [email protected] or call 345-814-4279.