West Bay kids make splash in Little Cayman

Sir John A. Cumber students spent three days on Little Cayman attending a marine ecology course learning about ocean ecosystems. 

Sir John A. Cumber students from teacher Desiree Powery-Tatum’s Year 5 class are celebrating an effort that led to a big prize involving a plane trip and fun in the sun. 

On Sept. 30, they traveled to Little Cayman to attend a three-day marine ecology course at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s Little Cayman Research Centre, after their poster was selected as one of the winning entries in a competition for primary school students. 

As part of a number of initiatives marking CCMI’s 10th anniversary, three classes were selected to attend the course, with all expenses paid. 

The class spent time at the research center experiencing hands-on learning about marine ecosystems, the threats they face and ways to help protect and conserve them. 

The marine ecology course furthers CCMI’s goal of making every child in Cayman “ocean literate” by age 12, supporting the Cayman Islands’ curriculum by reinforcing knowledge acquired in the classroom with field experience. 

The topic for the poster competition was “Threats to the Cayman Islands Reefs,” which offered a great opportunity for the students to share their views creatively, the school noted in a press release. 

After researching the topic, the class worked together to decide on all aspects of the poster, including the layout and the drawings they wanted to include. 

The final winning product was submitted at the end of June. Learning of the win, the class was excited to have the chance to apply what they learned in school at CCMI’s Little Cayman Research Centre. 

During their trip, the students attended lessons on the ecology and impacts of ecosystems. Outdoor activities that complemented the classroom lessons included snorkeling and exploring Little Cayman’s reefs. 

Students also participated in a beach cleanup and toured the Little Cayman Museum and National Trust, furthering their opportunities to learn more about terrestrial ecology and the history of Little Cayman. 

In the spirit of community, the students decided to share and present their experiences and new learning to their fellow students at a school assembly. 

Members of teacher Desiree Powery-Tatum’s Year 5 class show off the winning poster depicting threats to Cayman’s reefs.

Members of teacher Desiree Powery-Tatum’s Year 5 class show off the winning poster depicting threats to Cayman’s reefs.

Sir John A. Cumber students learn about wildlife inhabiting the Tarpon Lake wetland.

Sir John A. Cumber students learn about wildlife inhabiting the Tarpon Lake wetland.
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  1. I think that this is very good program for the kids to understand and learn about the ocean and environment. Back some years the schools had a program that you could get some kids that you got for their summer vacation from school. These kids were taken by employers, so that the kids could be learning about the kind of work and environment they were in from early age.

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