Golden Apples deadline near

Chamber will honour educators

The Golden Apples are just around
the corner.

With the 15 March nomination deadline
fast approaching, the Chamber of Commerce is appealing to students, parents and
colleagues to submit their nomination forms for the Golden Apple Awards for
Excellence in Teaching.

Noteworthy educators can be
nominated for a Golden Apple Award and longer serving educators can be
nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award, with forms now available at
schools, and  online at
www.caymanchamber.ky

The awards will be handed out at a
black tie gala on Saturday 29 May, being held for the first time at the
Harquail Theatre.

“We are really looking forward to
it as the setting will allow us to focus on the teachers’ awards,” said Chamber
CEO Wil Pineau.

He noted the evening will commence
with a champagne-and-hors d’oeuvres reception.

“We are still seeking sponsorship
for the event, and we are certainly pleased to already have Maples and Calder,
Dart, Cayman Free Press, and KPMG as sponsors so far,” he said.

Tickets for the event are $100, and
Mr. Pineau is encouraging those interested in attending to reserve early as
seating is limited.

This year’s keynote speaker is
Minister of Education Rolston Anglin.

“We encourage people to support Cayman’s
teachers by nominated the ones you think deserve recognition,” said Mr. Pineau.

“These awards recognise educators who
go beyond the call of duty, who motivate, support and encourage our children.”

The awards categories are for Primary
School Teacher, Middle School Teacher, High School Teacher for both private and
public schools, as well as one overall Principal award.

Nominees must be full-time teachers
or principals working in a public or private primary, middle or high school.
Last year’s winners are not eligible.

Nominees for the Lifetime
Achievement Award in Education must have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to
education and have served as an inspiration and visionary in the advancement of
student learning, academic achievement and excellence in the education
profession.

The individual must be living,
retired from their work in education or have moved on to another profession
after serving a minimum of 25 years (15 of which must have been served in the
Cayman Islands). This special person will have made a significant and lasting
impact on the learning environment in the Cayman Islands.

Five nominees from each nomination
category are chosen to attend an interview conducted by members of the
Selection Committee. Three finalists from each nomination category will be
selected as an honouree, with one honouree from each nomination category selected
as the recipient of a Golden Apple Award.

Lifetime Achievement Award nominees
will be reviewed against strict criteria set by the selection committee and
individuals will be selected for interview.

For more
information on the event contact [email protected]

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The third Chamber of Commerce Golden Apple Awards recipients are pictured with some of the presenters at the awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman on Saturday. They are, back row from left, Stuart Bostock, Dale Crowely, Anthony Kaburu, David Toney and Education Minister Rolston Anglin. Winners are, front row from left, Leonora Mendoza-Hydes, Bernice Scott, Catherine Eugene, Marjorie Ebanks, Janet Harris and Margaret Juman.
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