Commonwealth Day to focus on youth

This year’s Commonwealth Day celebration, observed on March 9, will focus on the youth of Cayman. 

This year’s theme of Commonwealth Day, which is celebrated worldwide on the second Monday in March, is “A Young Commonwealth.” 

To kick-start events in Cayman, a Commonwealth Day Service will be held at Saint George’s Anglican Church on Sunday at 4 p.m. All are invited, particularly nationals of Commonwealth countries who are resident in or visiting the Cayman Islands. 

At the church, uniformed groups and schools will participate in a display of flags representing various countries in the Commonwealth. The University College of the Cayman Islands choir and ensemble, and a violin ensemble from local primary schools will perform.  

There will be a garden reception after the service. 

On Monday, schools will participate in morning assemblies, view exhibitions, and take part in flag parades or storytelling, and students will dress as their favorite counterparts from Commonwealth countries.  

The Cayman Islands Youth Parliament will also be held on Monday, during which high school students will act as members of the Legislative Assembly for a day.  

This year, students will debate two motions – one dealing with an amendment to the Sunday Trading Law to allow more Sunday trading, and the other which deals with a mentoring program in the public high schools. The debates are organized by the Cayman Islands branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.  

The Royal Commonwealth Society is also inviting all schools to participate in the 2015 Commonwealth Essay Competition. The results will be announced in September 2015.  

The Cayman Islands Youth Parliament will also be held on Monday, during which high school students will act as members of the Legislative Assembly for a day.  

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