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Primary students encouraged to read

Acting Education Minister Barbara Conolly visited students at East End Primary School Thursday to read to them as part of Literacy Month. The joint initiative between Camana Bay and the Ministry of Education aims to reinforce and encourage a love of reading.

Savannah Primary students embrace reading activities

Youngsters at Savannah Primary School enjoyed immersing themselves in literacy activities during a week focused on reading.

Reading programs launch at Sir John A. Cumber

Volunteers and Sir John A. Cumber Primary School staff recently got together to kick off their popular literacy programs aimed at young readers.

‘Interventions’ aim to lift reading ability

Interventions helped 86 percent of Year 1 students in the public school system meet the expected literacy level for their age group in the last academic year – the first time the intensive intervention program has been used in Cayman’s schools.

EDITORIAL – Learn about ‘Literacy Month’: Keep reading …

Consider this editorial not as polite applause for the good people at Camana Bay for their upcoming celebration of “Literacy Month.” Consider it a standing ovation!

Officials: Holding failing students back is ineffective

Holding failing students back a year simply does not work, education officials said Monday as they outlined plans to expand literacy and numeracy interventions for children struggling to meet expected standards for their age.

Funding approved for 50 new public school positions

Cabinet has approved additional funding for 50 new posts across the public school system, Education Minister Tara Rivers announced Wednesday.

Families snuggle up and read at Cayman Academy

Families enjoyed bedtime stories, drama and literacy fun at the “Snuggle Up and Read” event, held last week at Cayman Academy School Hall.

A special story time

Celebrity Reading Day provided an entertaining kick start to Child Month on the Brac.

Students take on Battle of the Books

Following a tense morning of literary competition, Cayman Prep’s Demi-Gods team emerged as the senior division champions in the annual Battle of the Books reading competition.

Bodden Town Primary students set off on reading adventure

On a recent morning, Bodden Town Primary students were very excited to find out how Silly Sally got to dance a jig with a pig, to learn all about a mouse named Meg and to find out how spilled milk changes into a rabbit.

Storyboard contest inspires readers

More than 100 enthusiastic students descended on George Town Public Library on Jan. 23 to attend the 2016 Cayman Islands Information Professionals Storyboard Competition, said the library and information science professionals association’s Su Mander.

Literacy Week brings out creativity

The Sir John A. Cumber Primary IB World School celebrated Literacy Week from Jan. 26 – 29, under the guidance of literacy coach Giselle Elias and library skills teacher Annette Vaughan.

Two Cayman 9-year-olds to have stories published by Amazon

Nine-year-olds Diamond White, a student at Prospect Primary School, and Nathaniel Harlowe, a student at Cayman Prep, will have stories they wrote published by Amazon as the result of a Rotary-sponsored competition.

Governor joins Guatemala education mission

A group of Rotarians, including honorary member Governor Helen Kilpatrick, are heading to Guatemala next month to deliver textbooks to secondary schools and open a new computer center.

Library reopens, literacy week kicks off at school

It has been an eventful time for literacy at West Bay’s Sir John A. Cumber Primary School, with the official reopening of the school...

George Town parents are Partners in Print

A series of parent workshops focused on developing literacy skills in Year 1 children at George Town Primary launched on Jan. 12. With support from...

Book donations embrace bilingualism

Three primary schools recieved a total of $2,600 worth of new books thanks to Rotary Sunrise.

Editorial Year in Review Economic prosperity, education

Compass editorials in 2015 on economic prosperity and education.

Healthy eating and reading skills on the menu for students

George Town Primary has been the scene of a number of special events and educational presentations for students in past weeks.

Intriguing stories continue to run

The biggest local sporting event – the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon – is staged on Sunday and, as always, there are plenty of intriguing athletes’ stories.

St. Ignatius students excel in inter-schools debates

High school students Naomi Harris and Finley McDougall from St. Ignatius Catholic School won the inaugural Conyers Inter-Schools Debate Tournament last week in a tightly contested event.

Bailey gets to the Point safely

Chris Bailey completed the fourth of five sporting challenges he set himself on Sunday, in a cycling race he created to help charities.

Learning through the arts at George Town Primary

Developing innovative and creative ways to successfully improve children’s reading and writing skills is a challenge for teachers.

Dictionary donation

Year 5 classes of the Sir John A. Cumber School received a donation of 93 brand new dictionaries.

Nicole Miller fashion show is 'Street Sweet'

More than 200 people were treated to canapés and a glass of bubbles as they took their places outside Abacus restaurant in Camana Bay in anticipation of the Nicole Miller fashion show on Nov. 5.

Music Extravaganza promises great entertainment, prizes

The 20th annual Music Extravganza is scheduled to be held on Saturday, Nov. 28 at Royal Palms

Northward's got talent

Prisoners at Northward displayed their talents at a Literacy Day event last week, showcasing the prison's rehabilitation programs.

Bailey braves jellyfish as challenge continues

Chris Bailey successfully completed the third of five stages of his 640 Challenge on Sunday by tackling the Ironman 70.3 Miami.

Bailey's mettle to be tested

A local triathlete has just finished the second of five exhausting sporting events to raise funds for literacy projects in Cayman and Guatemala, and this weekend he tackles the next one.

Nicole Miller brings fashion week to Cayman

The American designer will be showcasing her spring 2016 collection, Nov. 5, with all funds raised going to Literacy Is For Life.

Cayman Islands student is University of the West Indies valedictorian

Out of 650 graduating students across the Caribbean, Cayman’s Nadesha Edwards was selected to be this year’s University of the West Indies Open Campus class valedictorian.

East End school launches home reading program

East End Primary School has launched a home reading program that encourages children to embrace books and, organizers hope, will lay the foundation for young students to become lifelong readers.

Laws without enforcement lead to injustice

For any perceived problem, government has at least one solution for it, on paper. Of course, there is a difference between paper solutions and real solutions.

Gift of dictionaries from Rotary Sunrise boosts junior literacy

Students in government primary schools got a boost on Literacy Day last week when the Rotary Sunrise Club donated almost 700 illustrated dictionaries to all Year Five students.

On Literacy Day, minister cites local issues

Education Minister Tara Rivers said there are still students leaving school without the reading and writing skills they need for the modern workplace.

YMCA to run government after-school program

The YMCA of the Cayman Islands will run the Ministry of Education’s Extended After School Care Programme, which serves 1,500 children.

Triathlete helps literacy projects

A local triathlete has just finished the first of five extremely challenging sporting events to raise funds for literacy projects in Cayman and Guatemala.

Caymanian seafaring way of life declining

Caymanians made their living from the sea but we might soon be saying “good bye” to the last generation of seafarers and the seafaring way of life.

Business in brief

A roundup of local business news.

Rotary raffle cash stolen in home invasion

In a home invasion Friday night, three men made off with an undisclosed amount of cash raised in Rotary Sunrise's car raffle.

100 Women in Hedge Funds raises money for LIFE

members of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, gathered for ‘Bubbles and Bling’, an evening of networking and shopping sponsored by Kirk Freeport and Kirk Supermarket.

Kiwanis celebrating 40th anniversary

The Kiwanis are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.

Schools take part in Battle of the Books

Prospect Primary School’s Mighty Meerkats and John Gray High School’s Jeopardizing Jaguars students are the champions of Lera Parchment Battle of the Books competition.

Duathlon registration open

Registration is now open for the Genesis Trust duathlon in Cayman on Sunday, June 7.

Edna Moyle primary gets new laptops

Students with special education needs at Edna M. Moyle Primary School now have access to new laptops to help improve their reading and writing skills.

Cayman author presents in NYC

Faye Lippitt will share stories from her book Sixteen Chickens on a Trampoline in New York City this week. Proceeds from book sales support literacy in Cayman.

John Gray junior and senior teams crowned Scrabble Scrum champs

High school students put their spelling and numeracy skills to work at a “Scrabble Scrum” organized in celebration of Rotary Literacy Month.

Smart boards taking education to the future

The days of chalk and blackboards are long gone in the Cayman Islands as education officials embrace increasing use of technology in the classroom.

Eager students flock to reading fair

More than 30 finalists took part in a reading fair at the George Town Library on Saturday.

100 Women in Hedge Funds benefits literacy charity

LIFE (Literacy is for Everyone), a local charity which focuses its efforts on improving literacy in the Cayman Islands, has been designated as the 2015 beneficiary.

Rotarians assist Guatemalan literacy program

Nine Rotarians traveled to Guatemala this month to provide textbooks to underprivileged school children and participate in reading programs.

Welcoming Lyneth Monteith to the 'head of her class'

Cayman's new acting chief education officer has a challenging time ahead.

Kids' books donated to libraries, schools

Dart has donated US$17,500 worth of children's books to Cayman's public libraries and schools.

Cayman's coming 'Golden Age' requires gold-standard schools

The Cayman Islands doesn't need to scrap its economic model, but it does need a dramatic and fundamental transformation of its educational model.

Business in brief

A roundup of local business briefs.

New company plans to bring tech startups to Cayman Islands

A new company that provides seed capital and mentoring programs to tech ventures could potentially bring dozens of start-up companies to Cayman.

‘Sixteen Chickens On A Trampoline’ Book charts happy chaos that comes with parenting

Faye Lippitt's book of short stories charts the happy chaos that consumed her life when she had six children, just eight years apart.

Early entry school exam success for gifted students

A growing number of gifted high school students in the Cayman Islands, including some as young as 13, are being fast tracked through GCSE and CXC exams.

Local author pens tales of parenting

Faye Lippitt will be signing copies of her first book "Sixteen Chickens On A Trampoline" this Thursday, Nov. 20 at Books & Books.

It’s a music extravaganza!

Three local bands will perform at this year's Music Extravaganza, which features excellent raffle prizes alongside the entertainment.

Key to Caymanian culture

Tara Rivers message to CNCF.

Cayman school kids’ book ending to aid Kenyan school

Prospect Primary School students took part in creating a children's fictional book to help build a school in Kenya.

Little Free Library ready for readers

A service club has come up with a new way to promote literacy and love of reading by building free book exchange houses. The concept is simple: take a book, leave a book.

National Gallery offers 
free tours to students

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is offering free tours to school children.

Scrabble scrum scores for literacy

Scrabble Scrum raises more than $6,700 for local literacy program.

Consultant’s report calls for schools shake-up

A move to put some government schools under private sector control has been proposed despite concerns that a “business minded” approach to education could see some children pushed to the margins.

Five young leaders chosen for awards

Five finalists for the 13th Young Caymanian Leadership Award have been chosen by the Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation.

Students celebrate International Literacy Day

Cayman joins worldwide celebrations of International Literacy Day.

Education officials tout school successes

The Cayman Islands school system made as much progress in its exam results in two years as the U.K. made in over a decade, according to Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler.

Schools chief to lead gov’t reform unit

Schools chief Mary Rodrigues is leaving the Ministry of Education after being appointed to lead a new unit responsible for making cuts across the civil service.

Brac poetry nights inspire creativity, reading

Poets and authors encourage people to read, visit local libraries and be creative, at poets nights at the Cayman Brac Public Library.

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