UK parliamentarian tours schools

British Member of Parliament Henry Bellingham toured the John Gray High School and the Red Primary School on Friday, 20 April. 

As part of the minister’s tour, several teachers and representatives from the Cayman Islands Ministry of Education, including Education Minister Rolston Anglin and Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues, took Mr. Bellingham and the Governor Duncan Taylor around school grounds, introducing them to students and staff. 

Mr. Bellingham had an opportunity to visit the technical block of John Gray High School and observe students learning vocational skills such as mechanics. He was also briefed about the challenges facing John Gray High School as it relates to sporting facilities and how students now have to travel to an off-campus location to engage in physical activities. 

The UK minister and his contingent were treated to dances from students before moving on to Red Bay Primary School. 

Once Mr. Bellingham’s delegation arrived in Red Bay, it met with students and learned about government’s after-school programme, which was recently introduced to allow students an opportunity to extend after-school care. 

“This is the first time we have had a programme like this one in the Cayman Islands. This was part of our manifesto and we are proud that we could make it happen. It should also be noted that this after-school programme was accomplished without spending a pile of money. This has been delivered without hiring an army of people,” Mr. Anglin.  

He said teachers had given freely of their time and everyone pooled together, which was a great testament to the spirit of the residents of the Cayman Islands. Mr. Anglin thanked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for its support. 

Students and visitors alike had the opportunity to meet Olympic athletes, as well as individuals from the Cayman Islands Track and Field Association, who were on hand for the tour of Red Bay Primary. 

Mr. Bellingham said, “We are happy that the Cayman Islands will be coming to London for the Olympics this year. It is great that you will be sending a team and it is quite an accomplishment for a small nation to be sending so many athletes. Sports are a bridge that can lead to building better communities and national pride. We are looking forward to welcoming your team and your premier to the London Olympic Games during the Queen’s Jubilee.” 

The UK minister proceeded to give gifts to students after they answered trivia questions.  

Mr. Bellingham is the parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His ministerial briefs include United Nations, Africa and the Overseas Territories. 

Mr Bellingham is the parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His ministerial briefs include United Nations, Africa and the Overseas Territories. 

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British Member of Parliament Henry Bellingham stands next to a mural with John Gray High School students in Grand Cayman. – PHOTO: STUART WILSON

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