Students reflect on primary school years

Students who will soon be moving on from West Bay’s public primary school recently took some time to look back on their experience and offer words of thanks and advice.

The Year 6 students at Sir John A. Cumber IB Primary School have written notes of reflection and appreciation on their journey through primary school. They also included words of advice to the remaining students, according to a press release.

Many described their primary school years with such terms as enjoyable, pleasant and fun.

They enjoyed their learning experiences, especially the Primary Years Programme Exhibition, music, visits to the library and the computer suite and physical education. They particularly liked how they were challenged by their teachers to try harder and to do their best.

In their notes, they encouraged the remaining students to work hard, listen to their teachers and always do their best. To them, the exhibition was an opportunity to demonstrate independence, confidence, respect and cooperation. They expressed appreciation to the several mentors and parents who provided guidance in the process.

In addition, they expressed gratitude to all the volunteers who assisted them throughout their primary school years, the majority of whom are from The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE), Cayman Islands Trust Company, Sir John A. Cumber Primary School Parents and the entire school community.

Many of the students are moving on to John Gray High School.

Speaking about the PYP Exhibition, Janani Kumar said, “It was a wonderful experience. It has made me become a better communicator and more knowledgeable. It has also helped to build my self confidence.”

Raeanne Ebanks, Shanee Carridice, Hashawn McKenzie, Shinelle Johnson and Camille Wright all agreed with Janani.

The students also reflected fondly on the Cayman Heritage Crafts afternoons with Chris Christian and his team. “It was fun,” said Joel Sutherland.

Regular library user Jeliyah McClean said she is going to miss borrowing books there. An avid reader, Jeliyah is leading the students in the number of books borrowed and read so far this school year.

The students thanked their mentor, as well as Steve Coles, the PYP coordinator and deputy principal, their Year 6 teachers and all the other teachers for their guidance in the PYP Exhibition and also throughout their primary school years.