Students highlight heritage

Prospect Primary School’s Heritage
Day celebration featured so many traditional activities it would have made
ancestors proud.

The day-long event included student
performances, arts and craft displays, traditional foods, music and old-time
games and fashions as well as guest appearances by community performers.

The activities began with
presentations by the National Trust and the Department of Tourism, followed by
a tour of Cayman’s past through participation in and sampling of cultural
traditions.

Local crafters from various
districts demonstrated the art of thatch plaiting, gig making and conch shell
blowing,

Performances included sing-a-longs
by Year 4 students, Maypole dancers and Caymanian story tellers.

Guest speaker and Cayman National
Hero Sybil McLaughlin, talking about civic pride, told students about her
duties in the community, her family life, yesteryears, the forming of Cayman’s
Constitution and her Christian Endeavour years in the church.

Cayman story teller Michael
McLaughlin made students laugh when he shared a story about trying to ride a
stubborn old donkey and Caymanian musicians Randy Chollete and Damian, playing
the drums, got the children dancing and clapping.

The day ended with students
parading traditional clothes during a Cayman fashion show and Principal Gloria
Bell congratulating and thanking students, teachers and visitors on an
excellent performance.