Cayman Prep opens doors to new school

Cayman Prep and High School
celebrated the dedication and official opening of their new high school
building on Tuesday.

After an introduction and welcome
by Principal Sheila Purdom, Chairman of the Board of Governors Bryan Bothwell
spoke about the new building.

“We are assured that it is a very
functional building, and the science and computer labs and the library are
superbly equipped,” said Mr. Bothwell. “For some years now, the board and
management have been committed to integrating cutting edge technology
throughout the school.”

Cayman Prep and High School
Director Michael McGrath thanked sponsors and donators and boasted about the
students of his school.

“In recent AS examinations, two of
our students earned a most unusual award,” he said. “They came top in – I’ll
wait for it – not just top in the area or top in the school, not just top in
the Caribbean, but they came in top in the world. Top in the world.”

Education Minister Rolston Anglin
told the audience that education is more than just about grades.

“Indeed, it is preparing our young
people to not only take up an important place in society, that is to be
responsible adults and parents, but to make this country stronger, the community
stronger, to make these islands stronger,” he said.

He added: “Whether or not we could
accommodate every student or not is irrelevant as far as I’m concerned. What’s
most important is that parents and students have choices about education in
this country. And we ensure that the friendly competition continues to drive
all of us to higher heights in excellence. That ultimately has got to be what
our national education agenda is all about.”

After a dedication and prayer by
the Rev. Henley Bernard, the moderator of the United Church in Jamaica and the
Cayman Islands, the ribbon-cutting took place.

Governor Duncan Taylor helped cut
the ribbon and was the first one inside for a tour of the new building.