50 years ago: Educator Layman Scott heads abroad

In the June 1, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lillian Ritch wrote:

Cayman-brac--50-years-final“Mr. V.L. Jackson, Director of Education, was on a routine visit from May 22 to 26. On Wednesday evening he met with the members of the Board of Education and teachers in a stimulating meeting.

“Mr. Layman E. Scott, head teacher of the West End Primary School, after 10 and a half years in the teaching profession in Cayman Brac, all of which he served in this school, has resigned his service here to go to Canada. He has obtained a certificate from the Board of Education, in Toronto, Ontario. Mr. Scott has given faithful service as a teacher and friend of the young people. He is in his second year of membership on the Board of Education.

“Opportunity was taken to thank Mr. Scott for his services and to wish him well in the pursuit of his profession in Canada. Mr. G.V. Lazzari presented the gift, a wrist watch, on behalf of the Teachers’ Association, and refreshments were enjoyed.

“Layman was born on April 20, 1931 at Spot Bay, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Varian Scott. He started school with Miss Mellie McLaughlin (now Mrs. Caswell Robinson). Leaving her at the age of 10, he entered Barracks Elementary School, Montego Bay, Jamaica of which Mr. R.M. Bent was then headmaster. He went on to St. James High School under headmastership of Mr. Ferguson Walker, which he left in April 1949 with the Junior Cambridge Certificate. In December ‘49 (private study) he achieved the School Certificate.

“In 1950 he tried out his taste for the sea through Messrs. Jacobs and Hurlstone’s Fisheries on the vessels Sunny South, Latuna and Southern Reef. Turning back to the land he was in the employ of the Public Works Department of Montego Bay during 1951. Responding to the call of the teaching profession he entered Mico Training College in 1952 and at the end of the three year course arrived in Cayman Brac on Dec. 12, 1955.

“On Thursday last, the students and teachers of the primary school and the Jamaica Local Centre bade farewell to Mr. Scott. During a one hour programme of items chosen by the students, Sharon Ryan, who brought her electric organ for the occasion played ‘Aloha Oe’ a farewell dedication to him. George Ryan, student of the Jamaica Local Centre made the appreciation speech on behalf of all the students. A gift donated by the children of both schools was presented by first standard pupil, Rhonda Ritch.

“With Miss Bernice Hydes leading at the piano, students and teachers joined crosshanded in a circle and sang the traditional ‘Auld Land Syne.’ Mr. Scott, deeply moved by all the expressions of affection, was overcome with emotion in replying and the spate of tears among the students testified to their reluctance to part with him. Mr. R.M. Walters of the Jamaica Local Centre presided over the function.”