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John Gray wins annual swimming gala

The third annual government high school swimming gala championships attracted 90 students to compete at the Lions Aquatic Centre on Friday, 2 July. Senior swim...

Police probe launched after 3 students fall ill at Clifton Hunter

A police investigation has been launched into an incident at Clifton Hunter High School in which three students fell ill after consuming food with an unknown substance on Thursday.

Young people celebrated, encouraged to aim high

The Cayman Islands Youth Development Consortium, together with Clifton Hunter High School, recently hosted the Planning for Youth Success Conference and the first-ever virtual Celebrate Our Youth Day.

‘Christmas miracle’ for teen cancer survivor

This Christmas is very special for Cayman teen Derron Hernandez as he gets his wish to be cancer-free.

Christmas tree organisation gives back

The Trees4xmas organisation, established in 2013, has always been about giving back to the local community - particularly young aviators. This year, owners Jeff and...

After 12 years, another redesign and more money to finish John Gray

Completing the new John Gray High School campus, a project more than 12 years in the making, could cost an additional $82.8 million, Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has told the Legislative Assembly.

Clifton Hunter head shave raises $9,500 for schoolmate

Clifton Hunter High School student Derron Hernandez was overcome with emotion Friday as he witnessed his schoolmates and teachers shave their heads in solidarity with him as he battles cancer.

Teenage cancer survivor inspires

Facing a fight for his very survival was not the way Derron Hernandez imagined he would spend his 13th birthday after being diagnosed with cancer.

Teens talk mental health in Cayman

Several Youth Ambassadors from John Gray High School, Clifton Hunter High School and Cayman International School spoke with the Cayman Compass about the programme and why mental health matters to them.

Cimboco Academy tops CHHS sports day

Cimboco Academy took top honours for the second straight year at the Clifton Hunter High School annual sports day, held 4 and 6 Feb. at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

School fashion show features talented student designers

Clifton Hunter High School’s assembly hall was filled with thunderous applause Monday as students cheered on models and designers from the Design and Technology Department.

Clifton Hunter High School progress is weak

Clifton Hunter High School continues to register weak progress according to a recent follow-up inspection by the Office of Education Standards. In the initial inspection,...

8 students treated in hospital after school bus crash

Eight Clifton Hunter High School students were taken by ambulance to hospital after the school bus they were travelling in was involved in a collision Monday.

Clifton Hunter’s new principal wants new mindset

Richard Wildman is big on Visible Learning.

Pet-friendly hurricane shelters could save human lives

The first pet-friendly hurricane shelters will open their doors to Cayman Islands residents in the event of a storm this summer.

New principal taking over at Clifton Hunter High

Pauline Beckford is leaving as principal of Clifton Hunter High School.

Students learn about counterfeit issues

Clifton Hunter High School students learned about trademark and counterfeit issues on Tuesday.

Cayman Key Clubbers shine at Florida leadership conference

Forty-five Key Clubbers attended the annual Florida District Education and Leadership Conference in Orlando earlier this month, at which the Cayman Islands was named the most outstanding division.

EDITORIAL — Why care about school inspections?

The new school inspection framework sets appropriately high expectations. Now it is up to us to reach the bar.

Inspectors give second ‘weak’ rating to Clifton Hunter

Government inspectors say Clifton Hunter High School has made some, but not enough, progress since they last visited the school six months ago and rated it as ‘weak’, the lowest of four possible grades. The school was given a weak rating again in the Office of Education Standards’ follow-up report.

Education Ministry outlines steps to improve high schools

The Ministry of Education released a statement on Saturday in response to a new report from the Office of Education Standards, showing that government high schools in the Cayman Islands are well short of where they need to be to meet accepted standards.

Youngster shines in Tourism Speak-Off

Leanna Allen has distinguished herself with her thoughts and her words.
School buses

Investigation launched into school bus hitting dog

Education authorities have launched an investigation into an incident in which a school bus apparently struck a dog. A student on board the bus, which was transporting Clifton Hunter High School students, filmed the injured dog and posted the video to social media.

EDITORIAL – The high cost of low-performing schools

The poor report on Clifton Hunter demonstrates the truism that, beyond an easy-to-discern level of sufficient investment (i.e. safe and comfortable facilities of adequate size), pouring additional resources into a school – whether it be in the form of sparkling buildings or new technologies – does little to improve the amount of learning that takes place within that school.

Clifton Hunter deemed weak in meeting students’ needs

Clifton Hunter High School students are performing well below international standards because they are not receiving adequate instruction, according to an inspection report issued late Tuesday by the Office of Education Standards.

STEM conference aims to inspire students

There were “Eeew”s and “Ahh”s when Alexander Dalley pulled a partially digested blue chromis from the stomach of a lionfish and held it up for his fellow students to see.

Big Shave events to support childhood cancer research

Some preliminary shearing will take place before Friday’s Big Shave at the Wicket in Cricket Square, all to raise money to fight childhood cancer.

Principals: Implementing dress code going smoothly

Despite reports to the contrary, Clifton Hunter High School Principal Pauline Beckford said no students have been sent home from her school for dress code violations.

Back to school

Years 7 and 11 students attending Clifton Hunter High School in Frank Sound make their way through the gates after arriving on early morning buses from various districts.

School start times for fall semester

All government primary schools reopen on Monday, Aug. 27, at 8:30 a.m.

Cayman student taking it to the hoop

A former Clifton-Hunter High School student is making a name for himself as a basketball player in California.

Cayman talent heads to California

A team of nine local performers is preparing for the World Championships of Performing Arts, being held July 6-15 at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, California, just south of Los Angeles.

Clifton Hunter publishes student newspaper

A broken-down bus led to the first publication of a student newspaper at Clifton Hunter High School, which came off the presses on Thursday, just in time for graduation ceremonies.

Scholarship donation for school’s flight club

The Clifton Hunter High School chapter of the Cayman Airways Flight Club was given a boost recently when it received a $1,200 donation from the Zak Quappe Flight Scholarship.

Clifton Hunter students tour Pinnacle Media

A group of students from Clifton Hunter High School toured the Shedden Road headquarters of Pinnacle Media on Friday.

Golden moment for Cayman principal Pauline Beckford

Clifton Hunter High School principal Pauline Beckford was on the edge of her seat Saturday night as she tuned into an internet feed of England’s netball team winning a thrilling gold medal match against hosts Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

Students explore diapers, slime and more

There were volcanoes, models of human cells and slime, lots of slime.

Teen pregnancy in Cayman at 22-year low

The 44 percent drop brings the teen pregnancy rate to its lowest level in at least 22 years. The rate in 1995 was 11.3 percent. It has only been in double digits once since then, when it hit 10.6 percent in 1998.

Careers Fair expose students to various professional paths

Students at Clifton Hunter High School met more than 50 career representatives at the school’s Career Fair Friday morning.

Bodden recognized for academic work

Brianna Bodden, 16, has been an exceptional pupil since she started at Clifton Hunter High School. The well-rounded student, with her never-give-up attitude, has been involved in just about every aspect of school life.

Education in string theory

British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason held a music workshop on Friday for students from John Gray High School, Clifton Hunter High School, Red Bay Primary School and Triple C School.
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Venue for District council meeting changed

All residents of North Side district are invited to the monthly meeting of the District Council, which is set for Thursday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. at the theater at Clifton Hunter High School.

EDITORIAL – John Gray campus must not wait until 2021 for completion

Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has said completing the John Gray project is a priority. We trust that she, Education Councillor Barbara Conolly and Education Council Chairman Dan Scott will work to keep the John Gray project moving forward until it is finally removed from the “to do list” and added to the government’s list of accomplishments.

Students, teachers shave heads to support child cancer research

Students and teachers at two Cayman high schools shaved their heads on Thursday to raise funds for child cancer research.

North Side council plans new public beach

A new public beach in Old Man Bay is one of the priority projects for the recently elected executive committee of the North Side District Council.

Stay-Focused intern learns diving, disability awareness

Despite growing up in one of the Caribbean’s premier dive destinations, Jaeda Kirchman, 15, did not spend much time exploring Grand Cayman’s waters. Like many of her classmates at Clifton Hunter High School, she mainly stuck to activities on land and ventured out for an occasional ocean swim with family.

Cayman sky-gazers chase Great American Eclipse

Eclipse chasers from Cayman traveled through Missouri and Illinois searching for clear skies to view Monday’s eclipse. Cayman Islands Astronomical Society members Karen Perkins and Petro Kotze joined the Society’s former president Chris Cooke and his family, who traveled from the U.K., and three astronomers from Trinidad and Tobago to watch the solar phenomenon.

Cayman student receives $5,000 educational grant

Gabriella Castillo, who attended Clifton Hunter High School and graduated in May from the United World College Costa Rica’s International Baccalaureate program, is the recipient of the Island Heritage Insurance Co.’s first educational grant.

Calling all heroes to support childhood cancer research

As the temperatures rise through the summer, some residents may be tempted to take some inches off their ‘do to cool down. One charitable organization is asking them to hold off and go shorter in September.

Clifton Hunter students get life lessons

A six-part program highlighting the challenges and impact of social issues on young people brought the realities of life home to 170 children at Clifton Hunter High School.

Students gain gardening insight

A group of students from Clifton Hunter High School made a study visit to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park as part of their mini-gardens practical project last month.

Students forge ties with community

Clifton Hunter High School students were out and about in the eastern districts this month in the spirit of community service.

‘You have made a difference’: Students’ donations help Syrian refugees

Karyn Thomas gave presentations at local schools, speaking about the Syrian crisis, which has resulted in the flight of millions of people into neighboring countries and beyond, highlighted the support from Cayman.

School’s career day highlights work options for students

Students at Clifton Hunter High School were treated to a sampling of career fields at a mini career fair last week.The event featured booths showcasing career options in the fields of public service, maritime, education, health and vocational jobs.

Ag Show serves up a fitting backdrop for Youth Cook-Off finals

It was an extra-special win for team Bodden Town as the teen culinary duo clinched the top prize in their home district at this year’s National Youth Cook-Off finals.

EDITORIAL – John Gray gym: Going through hoops to hide the cost

Pardon us if our enthusiasm seems somewhat subdued. We certainly are not opposed to sports or even new gymnasia, but first things first. Our priority is, and will always be, excellence in our classrooms. Everything else is second.

Ornament entrepreneurs build business skills

A seasonal project promoting financial awareness has young entrepreneurs from Cayman’s eastern districts getting into the Christmas spirit.

Clifton Hunter Cadets build life skills

Young people participating in the cadet program at Clifton Hunter High School in North Side are impressing teachers with their personal development this school year. “Since the start of the school year, teachers have noticed a huge difference in the kids who became involved in the cadet program this year.”

Students visit brewery, cadets help the community

Clifton Hunter High School students have been busy taking part in a variety of activities across Grand Cayman in recent weeks. According to a press release, Year 10 business and science students paid a visit to the Cayman Islands Brewery on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

WB Financial boosts youth basketball

Victor O’Garro, better known as Coach Voot, technical director for basketball in the Cayman Islands, has received a sponsorship check for $1,500 from Virginia Czarnocki of WB Financial for the development of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Under-19 league.

Physical education teachers learn to improve cricket skills

Specialist physical education teachers on island were recently given the opportunity to improve their cricket skills at Clifton Hunter High School. Fourteen teachers from government and private schools attended the one-day course last month with Peter Anderson, Cayman Cricket’s new technical director.

EDITORIAL – STEM conference: Launching students’ imaginations

To the students participating in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math conference at the University College of the Cayman Islands, here is the crucial takeaway: Not only is the sky not falling — but education and progress are opening up entirely new vistas for future exploration.

Disabled divers get help from students

Two Caymanian students spent part of their summer helping disabled teens learn to dive.

Youth empowerment officer named

A new youth empowerment officer at the Cayman Islands government’s Youth Services Unit will next school year be teaching high school students about managing finances.

Clifton Hunter students get in on the ACT

Six officers with the Neighborhood Policing Department of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service recently took part in a day-long crime awareness and prevention event for youth at Clifton Hunter High School.

Ceremonies mark achievements of eastern district students

Proud parents, family, friends and dignitaries showed their support at two recent events marking the achievements of the Clifton Hunter High School graduating class.

Top Clifton Hunter students receive honors

A packed house celebrated students from the eastern districts at the Clifton Hunter High School graduation ceremony last week.

Counterfeit goods in the spotlight

Counterfeit goods proved to be a hot topic at a recent presentation to Clifton Hunter High School students

Students bound for Norway, US, China

Three Caymanian students have been selected to study for their International Baccalaureate diplomas abroad.

Teenager helps save two people from drowning

An East End teen is being lauded for helping rescue two people after they were caught in strong currents in East End waters.

Young aviation enthusiasts get a boost

Aspiring pilots and aviation professionals in the eastern districts got a welcome boost recently thanks to a local scholarship.

Cayman in Focus: Junior Batabano takes to the roads

A week before the main Batabano carnival, students donned headdresses, beads and elaborate costumes for the Neverland-themed Junior Batabano parade, Saturday

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