50 years ago: Tour sheds light on GT schools

In the May 4, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

George-Town-50-years-final“Ten members of the Board of Education visited schools in the George Town area on April 27.

“At the Secondary Modern School they were welcomed by Mr. T.E. McField, the principal, who showed them around each classroom. The headmistress being absent, Miss Joanna Clark, the senior assistant who is from Jamaica, met the members at the George Town Junior School. Here the children enjoyed singing for the visitors but the acoustics are poor and the conditions a bit overcrowded.

“The third call was at the Government Secondary Grammar School where the principal, Rev. J.R. Gray, M.B.E., B.Sc. greeted the delegation. It is gratifying to note that a new building is being erected to house this school as the present buildings are most inadequate.

“Mr. E.U. McNamee conducted them around the Cayman Prep School. This school is now showing its worth in the new building, the discipline is excellent and the children were happy and bright.

“Before lunch at Sea View, members visited the site of the new Grammar School which is progressing rapidly.

“Next on the list was the Truth for Youth School where Miss Wilma Moffit is the principal. A good atmosphere exists here amongst the staff and children and the students seem to be very keen on their work.

“At the Triple C School, intelligence tests were being given when the party arrived. Mrs. Twila Holm, principal, showed them around the school, which is airy and pleasant. The children were very cheerful.

“The last school visited was the Hurst Memorial School which is run by Miss Gleeda Forbes. This school was very crowded and a bit dark but the headmistress is very keen on her work.”