East End students visit Little Cayman

In early September, 13 students in Audrey Leahong’s Year 6 class at East End Primary hopped aboard a Cayman Airways Express plane and headed for Little Cayman.

The class embarked on the sponsored trip to participate in the Central Caribbean Marine Institute Marine Ecology Course for Primary students.

Ms. Leahong reported that the students enjoyed the course.

The class took part in a wide range of activities that were, in her words, very relevant to the Cayman Islands, as they engaged in hands-on learning about protecting the islands’ shores and water from pollution.

The students also learned about noise pollution, which disturbs marine life. They encountered Little Cayman’s rock iguanas, which some of the students had not known about prior to the trip.

Ms. Leahong said a highlight for the class was meeting one-day-old baby turtles, and later that day participating in a turtle release at Preston Bay Beach.

She noted that some students were nervous as it was their first experience flying, and for many it was their first trip to Little Cayman.

Ms. Leahong added that the students at East End Primary sing a lot, so they were asked to create a song for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute that they started composing in Little Cayman.

Now finished, plans are under way to record the songs.

Ms. Leahong expressed thanks on behalf of the students to all the sponsors and the staff at CCMI.

A major highlight for the class was meeting one-day-old baby turtles and participating in a turtle release at Preston Bay Beach.

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