50 years ago: Farewell to nurse; need for new infant school highlighted

In the Feb. 23, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

cayman-brac-by-Lilian“This week we bid farewell to our District Nurse, Mrs. Naldi Ritch Scott who has served faithfully since Sept. 1963 at the clinics at Stake Bay and Spot Bay. She returns to Jamaica. Our good wishes go with her for the future.

“An infant school is nothing new, nor is such one new to the district of Spot Bay. But just at this time the need became a challenge and the P.T.A. of Spot Bay Primary School are demonstrating their acceptance of responsibility as a functioning body.

“The Macedonian cry came out from Teacher Morris at their meeting Feb. 7. He had many children under school age wishing to start, 20-odd 5 year olds, and the school may only accept them at 6 years. Would someone volunteer to open an Infant school in the district? This service has for years been well rendered by Ms. Hessie Dixon near Booby Point, but she, temporarily, has halted due to illness.

“The president, Mrs. Caswell Dobinson volunteered. The Association is sponsoring the project, the membership undertaking to provide necessary furniture. Already there is a new bench furnished by Messrs. Lunsford Hurlstone and Hulroy Walton. The vice president, Mrs. Silas Bodden is treasurer.

“Opening on Monday morning the 14th, there is already an enrollment of 23 4 and 5 year olds.

“Their first visitor on this morning was the Director of Education himself, Mr. V.L. Jackson who is pleased with the project. Mrs. Robinson tells us that she was in this work as a young woman for six years and recalls with justifiable pride that among her scholars in whom she laid the foundation were Layman Scott, now head teacher of West End School and Leland, now Lieut. Scott, Master of one of Jamaica’s coast guard vessels.”