50 years ago: Discipline issues raised at PTA meeting

cayman-brac-by-LilianIn the Oct. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“Welcome home to our seamen arrived recently on vacation from National Bulk Carriers: Ordway Bodden of Spot Bay off Bulk Petrol, Horace Christian of North East Bay off the Petra Sea, and Davylee Tibbetts of Creek, 2nd engineer of the Richard.

“We congratulate Michael Collins, son of our Medical Officer of Health, who summered with us, on gaining English and Biology in the GCE O level. He has returned to Munro College in Jamaica to pursue the sciences for the 1967 exam.

“Mr. Tom Hubbell of Grand Cayman touched down at the Gerrard-Smith Airport on the 2nd, en route to Jamaica. He was flying solo on Aeronca Chief N 3534 E. He is working in Jamaica temporarily for Island Helicopters Ltd.

“Regular monthly PTA meetings were held in the three schools on the 3rd and 4th.

“At Spot Bay, the leadership of the Girls’ Brigade Company, which is sponsored by the PTA, was under review. Assistant leader Miss Orlane Brown has been transferred to the staff of the West End Primary School. Miss Azeith McLean, secretary and Miss Zelmalee Chisholm, staff member, volunteered to serve. The leader is Mrs. Melanie Robinson, the president.

“The Creek meeting was very well attended. President Mrs. Gwen Hayes presided. The District Commissioner, Mr. D.H. Foster, gave a vitalising address on the function of the PTA to the benefit of the child. He emphasised that formation of character begins from birth, hence the child expresses what he has learnt at home. When the child enters school, it is to the benefit of the child for parent and teacher to seek to understand each other. During his experience in office with all the schools and the children of our community he cited indisciplines which had been brought to his attention, including behaviour beyond the classroom and the school premises. He suggested open days for parents to see the school at work, courteous frank contact of parent and teacher, and the influence for good that the PTA can be. Mr. Foster’s talk was well received.

“The president opened the meeting to informal discussion. Many spoke. In her closing remarks, the president paid tribute to the teaching profession of the school throughout her association with it over many years and thanked all for their attendance and contributions making the meeting a valuable one.

“The officers of the West End PTA elected at the beginning of this term, are: President Mrs. Sheila Ritch, Vice President Mrs. Carmen Scott, Secretary/Treasurer Mrs. Carrie Christian, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Mr. J.A. Ryan.

“The Motor Vessel Adier called by on the 5th and took on three boats and six men and went on to Grand Cayman to discharge a cargo of 1,100-odd tons.

“Capt. Harold Banks of the Rock joined the Motor Vessel Danginn as Master on Aug. 25. The Chief Officer is Mrs. Ellis Walton of the Creek. He has been on her close to two years.

“Mrs. Elda Dacres and Mr. Henley Scott of West End wish to thank relatives, friends and acquaintances for all kindnesses shown them and expressions of sympathy in their recent bereavement.”