Grace Christian Academy family is about to celebrate its largest graduating class since expanding curriculum to include PreK-Grade 12. With six students ready to cross the stage in just a few weeks, Principal Bernice Scott has reflected over the past year; both at the student’s accomplishments as well at her first year in this role.
“I feel this past year has been such a wonderful experience and I pray the staff and students feel the same. My new role as principal has given me opportunity, to shape the curriculum and programme, which cultivates the students into being lifelong learners and people who will hold God first in their lives. It is so essential that our students have a strong commitment to their faith as they step out into the world. I acknowledge that by placing your child in a Christian school may necessitate a financial sacrifice, a geographical inconvenience, or a drain on your energy, but we are committed to delivering a programme of academics, balanced with Christian values, opportunities for community service and leadership that will prepare your child for their future.
“I have been blessed to have 30 years’ experience teaching in various settings, all of which help me best to do the things I need to do in order to help students achieve to their best potential. I have found that when students know and feel your commitment and care of them is sincere, a bond develops so strong that it almost acts as a supernatural power in giving the student all the confidence he/she needs to achieve their goals.”
A full-time resident of the Cayman Islands for 20 years, Mrs. Scott joined Grace Christian Academy as deputy head of middle and high school in 2007. She is an experienced educator who was employed in the Cayman Islands Government schools as an instructor, a curriculum developer and as a part time administrator. She also taught at the International College of the Cayman Islands from 1994-1997 and coached the Cayman Islands Little League in 2002-2003. She was also director and president of the Cayman Islands Gymnastics Association for the past six years.
Mrs. Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Special Education K-12 and a minor in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s College in Patchogue, New York. She obtained her Master’s Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Reading and Athletic Administration.
She resides in Savannah with her husband Steve Scott, a retired captain of Cayman Airways, and their two children who are students at Grace Christian Academy.
Some of Grace Christian Academy student accomplishments over this past academic year include;
Amy Farrington, class of 2013, was named the tourism ambassador of the Cayman Islands as a result of a writing and debate contest. Ashley Christian, class of 2013, was second place runner up in the same contest.
Budding artists Ashley Christian, Isabella Tognazzo and Sunni Roper took first, second and third places in the Pirates Week art competition. Alyssa McLaughlin was the first place winner of a school grant of $5,000 in the Walkers Art competition.
Three of the upcoming graduates were chosen to represent GCA at the recent meet and greet with Sir Richard Branson. GCA students have also recently been successful in the Queen’s Commonwealth Writing Contest, the National Festival of the Arts, the Rotary Adventures in Citizenship Contest, the Pirates Week Steel Pan Competition, The Fred Speirs Debate Competition and the Dart Math Challenge.
Three Grade 10 students scored in the 93 per cent of 1.5 million students who sat this year’s PSAT.
Grade 12 students sat the AP exam in English literature and composition this year.
Next year the school will introduce AP mathematics and World History for eligible high school students.
Five GCA High School students compete for the Cayman Islands National Sports Teams in soccer, gymnastics, swimming and volleyball.
Several students participate in Equine Therapy as part of their community service hours.
About Grace Christian Academy
Founded in 1996, Grace Christian Academy is a unique school that promotes excellence in Christian education, community service and leadership. The school offers a full programme of education from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12. In order to best serve the individual needs of each child, classes are limited to a maximum of 14 students. This low student-ratio enables teachers to work in close partnership with parents to create lifelong learners who pursue and practice excellence in all aspects of their life.
Primarily self-funded, Grace Christian Academy is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International.
For more information call 945-0899.