50 years ago: Creek Primary School dominates spelling bee

cayman-brac-by-LilianIn the July 6, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lillian Ritch wrote:

“Spelling bee congratulations to the Creek Primary School! Rollin Jackson, Pamela Connolly, Ornel Brown and Shirlene Anderson won the first four places in the Inter-Schools Competition on Friday last. Marie Bodden of Spot Bay took 5th place.

“The Word Mistresses were Mrs. Audrey Ryan and Miss Mary Hayes, the judges Mr. Truman Bodden, Rev. George Wells and Miss Virginia Tibbetts. Mrs. Carmen Scott distributed the prizes. Mr. Hugh Maxfield Morris, Head Teacher of Spot Bay gave the vote of thanks. There was a full and appreciative audience. Mr. R.M. Walters, acting Head Teacher of West End chaired the meeting. Special commendation is due him for organizing this competition to help children gain poise for the Championship.

“Dr. W.D. Collins, newly appointed medical officer of health, addressed the West End PTA on the 20th informally and interestingly introducing the subject of health service. Speaking under the headings of the preventative medicine branch and the clinical branch he explained the function of organized health service, the value of voluntary services in the community in assisting medical officers in their work.

“Mr. and Mrs. Bentley McLean became the happy parents of another daughter on Wednesday June 15 at the Grand Cayman Hospital (7 1/2 pounds).

“Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Scott of Spot Bay received the gift of another son (9 pounds, 2 ounces) on June 20 at home, Nurse Ellen Lawrence attending.

“Mr. and Mrs. Walter Norris Ebanks of the Point received the gift of a son on June 17.

“Having completed his course in telephone engineering and special radio familiarisation, Mr. Burnard Tibbetts and his wife, Vernice, arrived back on the island. They expressed how very enjoyable their stay in Barbados had been and said the many friends they made, made them feel very much at home.

“Burnard holds certificates in Radio Television and Allied Electronics, 1960 and air conditioning, refrigeration and electrical appliances with National Technical Schools, Worldwide Training, California.”