Arts program finishes first term

Young students have been learning about local art, history and culture during this school year.

The Heritage Arts Program was introduced into the curriculum for the first time for Year 6 students for the 2013/2014 school year.

The program, produced by staff of Cayman Traditional Arts, is being taught in all government schools, including the Lighthouse School.

Students have each been given a heritage arts activity book to complete and learned the basics of thatch plaiting, traditional Caymanian cooking, and local artwork and heard about the importance of catboats to Caymanian life, among other topics.

The program is headed by director Chris Christian, who works alongside program coordinator Blonde Uzzle and Cayman Brac program coordinator Simone Scott.

The program has been so successful on the Brac that West End Primary and Spot Bay Primary schools have extended the time that their students have to study on the program.

“The students very much look forward to our visits each week,” said Ms Scott. “The teachers have appreciated just how much the students get out of the Heritage Arts Program to the extent that we are able to visit during the students’ social studies classes for an extended amount of time. This speaks to the success of our program so far this school year.”