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Students of George Town Primary school standing in front of the new wing of the school.

Published 7th June 2012, 11:1am

George Town Primary was one of the first schools built in the Cayman Islands, and there have been many changes during its long history. One of its most significant changes occurred on Thursday, 17 May 2012, with the opening of the school’s new building.

Ministry of Education officials cut the ribbon to officially open the new building which boasts 17,510 square feet of learning and administrative space.

The new building houses nine technologically advanced classrooms, each one hosting a SMART Board and several computers for students, a new library, administrative offices, staff lounge, dental unit and a wheelchair lift. The new addition will give students an opportunity to develop skills in communications, IT and the arts.

The Minister for Education Hon. Rolston Anglin was impressed by the presentation of the building. He stated, “When we first took a tour of the educational facilities we recognized immediately that we needed to invest in infrastructure. When we put our heads together we were able to deliver what our students deserved, a first rate facility that will be run by the competent teaching staff here at George Town Primary.”

The minister continued, “This I believe is the beginning of an exciting journey in building more fiscally responsible buildings for the future growth and lives of our children and the many generations to come.”

Mrs. Marie Martin, Principal of George Town Primary stated “I am elated that we were able to open the first of the new Primary School building expansions here at George Town Primary. We have had quite the journey to rebuilding since Hurricane Ivan and I am proud to now be able to open a technologically advanced building for our children.”

The Premier, the Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP was also present at the ribbon cutting and gave his approval of the building saying, “Today we have reached a milestone, despite our challenges. We have to continue to work towards investing in a strong educational foundation to be able to keep our children on the leading edge.”

He continued, “I am glad we were able to open the George Town Primary School building first as it is representative of where we have come from and what we continue to achieve for the children and future generations of our islands.” (GIS)