International School students celebrate Cayman

During December, Cayman
International School celebrated Cayman Islands traditions through activities
sponsored by the CIS Cayman Culture and History Committee.

The committee, made up of teachers,
administrators and parent volunteers, organised the construction of a Cayman
Cottage Christmas display in front of the school and two days of demonstrations
and activities for students from preschool through high school.

On 1 December, CIS parent John McLean
helped high school students erect a traditional Cayman cottage holiday display
complete with fresh white sand and conch shells.

To complete the display, students
hung strings of painted sea grape leaves decorated by CIS Grade three students.

On 7 and 8 December CIS classes
rotated through demonstrations by local Caymanians.

Over the two days, CIS students had
a fantastic time, and learned much about the culture and heritage of the Cayman
Islands.

On 7 December, CIS parents John and
Denise McLean demonstrated traditional Caymanian teas: basil, mint and
lemongrass.

Students were introduced to the
plants, enjoyed the tea and learned which teas were used for different
medicinal purposes.

Jerilo Rankine, a retired seaman
from the East End district explained how to make nets and hammocks.

Eulene McLaughlin and her sister
from the East End demonstrated rope making using Silver Thatch.

On 8 December, Wray Banker, Deal
Ebanks and Billy Banker from the Cayman Islands Traditional Arts Council and
National Museum demonstrated three customary games played by Caymanian
children: crab racing, gigs and marbles. Mr. Ebanks handmakes the gigs from
local trees.

CIS said they are
grateful to the numerous Caymanians who dedicated time and effort to share
wonderful local traditions with their students.

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CIS celebrated Cayman traditions.
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