Commonwealth Day events begin March 13

A Youth Parliament will be held at the Legislative Assembly as part of Commonwealth Day events on March 14. - PHOTO: JEWEL LEVY

“An Inclusive Commonwealth” is the theme for this year’s Commonwealth Day on March 14.

Events in Cayman begin on March 13 with the annual church service at St. George’s Anglican Church in George Town with a sermon by Rev. Stanwyck D. Myles from West Bay Church of God. The service begins at 4 p.m., followed by a garden reception. The public is invited.

Among other Commonwealth Day activities, students will participate in activities at morning assemblies, including exhibitions, flag parades and storytelling, and will wear the national dress of Commonwealth countries.

The ninth annual Cayman Islands Youth Parliament, hosted by the Cayman Islands branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, will be held March 14. High school students will become “parliament members” for a day, during which they will push for or against a motion as either opposition or government bench members. In this case, the motion will be on establishing a master public transportation system.

Students are also participating in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

Last year, among more than 13,000 entries from 600 schools in 49 Commonwealth countries and territories, Martina Watler, a 13-year-old student from St. Ignatius, was the junior runner-up in the essay competition – the first time Cayman has secured a top spot.

All Commonwealth citizens under 18 are eligible to participate to showcase their creative and critical writing skills. The deadline for all entries is May 1. For more information, visit