In recognition of the special place Cayman holds as a U.K. Overseas Territory, students and teachers of the Sir John A. Cumber IB World School came together to celebrate Commonwealth Day on Monday.

Observed globally among member countries on the second Monday in March, this year’s theme was “An Inclusive Commonwealth.”

With enthusiastic participation from staff and students, the day started with a parade of flags representing the 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations. Many of the students were dressed in colors representing the flags they displayed.

The school’s morning program of events featured presentations on selected countries, including Trinidad and Guyana.

The assembly was also treated to performances of songs and poetry by students and staff, including a performance by singer and teacher support assistant Jamesette Anglin, which received thunderous applause.

Event chair Dianne Varona spoke to the assembled students on this year’s theme, echoing the sentiments of the Commonwealth Charter that everyone should be included and respected and should be treated equally and fairly, no matter their circumstances.

Ms. Varona, the special education needs coordinator at the school, showed the students a video of a blind and autistic girl demonstrating her impressive singing talent.

The day’s celebrations also included a staff luncheon featuring dishes representing the various nationalities among the staff, and classes participated in Commonwealth-related activities throughout the day.