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Her Excellency the Governor Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick, CB, Minister for Education Hon. Tara Rivers and Councillor for Education Mr. Winston Connolly answer studentsí questions at East End Primary School

It has given me a valuable insight into the educational opportunities there are here and I have met some wonderful children and school staff.

Her Excellency the Governor Helen Kilpatrick

Published 30th January 2014, 10:53am

Minister Rivers begins 2014 with School Visits

 

            Hon. Tara Rivers, Minister for Education, began 2014 with visits to government schools. These are a continuation of the visits she began in September 2013. Accompanying the Minister was Her Excellency the Governor Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick, CB, and Mr. Winston Connolly, Councillor for Education.

            Minister Rivers believes in knowing what is happening “on the ground” at all Government Schools and the visits provide her with the opportunity to speak to Principals, Teachers and students so that she is familiar with how each school operates and what the unique needs of each school are. Minister Rivers commented saying, “Visiting our schools is very important to me, seeing what is working and what isn’t will help in decision making at the Ministry and Department level so that teaching and learning is improved at all schools and students receive the level of education they deserve.”

            She continued, “I was delighted that Her Excellency the Governor could join Councillor Connolly and me on the visits. I would like to thank Her Excellency for making the time to see our schools and meet our teachers and students.”

            Mrs. Kilpatrick thoroughly enjoyed the visits saying, “I’ve really appreciated having the opportunity to visit some of the schools on Grand Cayman.  It has given me a valuable insight into the educational opportunities there are here and I have met some wonderful children and school staff.”

            Students were excited to meet their Governor, Minister and Councillor and some even had the opportunity to ask them questions. They wanted to know things such as, ‘What do the Governor and Minister do?’, ‘Do they like their job?’, and ‘What was the most difficult thing about their job?’ Other students sang songs for their visitors while others showed them what they were doing in their lessons and talked about which subjects were their favourite.

To date, the schools visited are Bodden Town Primary, Clifton Hunter High School, Creek and Spot Bay Infant School, Creek and Spot Bay Primary School, East End Primary, George Town Primary, Layman E. Scott Senior High School, Little Cayman Services, North Side Primary, Prospect Primary, Savannah Primary, Sir John A. Cumber Primary, and West End Primary School. The remaining schools will be visited in the upcoming weeks and the plan is for Her Excellency the Governor to visit the Cayman Brac schools sometime this year.

 

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