Cabinet minister visits West Bay primary school

Cayman Islands Education Minister Tara Rivers visited Sir John A. Cumber Primary School recently to learn more about its unique Primary Years Programme, which is part of the West Bay facility’s authorised partnership as an International Baccalaureate world school.  

The programme is an international programme focusing on the holistic development of the child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. As an International Baccalaureate school, one of the functions is to keep the parents and general school community informed of the students’ learning and other actions and activities of the school. The school provided that opportunity with a year-end display open to the public between 12 and 14 June. 

All year levels are involved with the programme at the school and were on-hand at the open house to talk about what they learned through the programme.  

Minister Rivers was guided by the students, who explained their projects and how these projects evolved. One of the projects displayed was the students’ consideration of natural resources. In pursuit of the central inquiry of how human activity can harm or protect our natural resources, the students presented the minister with an educational information brochure they produced on how the public can reduce, reuse and recycle. 

“I was most impressed with the student’s comprehension of the impact of waste not only to our country, but across the world and their influence as citizens of the world,” Ms Rivers said. 

While the programme develops trans-disciplinary skills such as social, thinking, communication, research and self-management, the purpose is to help these young people develop into citizens of the world in relation to culture, language, learning and living together. 


A primary school student shows Education Minister Tara Rivers her experiment.