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Junior Culture Club takes a hike

Published on Friday, December 4, 2009 Email To Friend    Print Version

Edna Platts of the National Trust gives students from the Junior Culture Club a quick briefing prior to the hike.

By Simone Tatum

Twenty two students from grade 3 to 12 enjoyed a fun learning experience when the National Trust took the Cayman Brac Junior Culture Club (CBJCC) out on a hike on 26 November.

The group made their way on nature trails to the Turtle Crawl Pond at the West End Park, where they were able to stretch their imagination to way back yesteryear.

The hike was organised by Edna Platts and Simone Scott from the National Trust Cayman Brac.

“Heritage is important for our youth. It’s a great experience for them to learn how things were in older days when our fishermen used to save the turtles they caught in this natural fresh-water pond until they were ready to be shipped to Jamaica at a later date,” Ms Scott explained.

The CBJCC was formed with the view of raising the level of cultural awareness in the children on the Brac thus fostering better interpersonal relationships.

It involves students from grade 3 -12. Activities include educational sessions on culture and heritage and training in cultural expressions in various forms.

The CBJCC was officially opened by Mr. Moses Kirkconnell MLA, who gave a short address on the various cultures on the Brac during the opening ceremony on 28 April 2009 at the Cayman Brac High School.

Hon Mrs. Julianna O’Connor-Connolly also attended the event and spoke about Cayman Brac’s culture during her remarks. The entertainment program offered cultural performances by students who showed their talents during a steel pans concert, Indian dance, African poem, Caribbean Dialect, Canadian and Filipino songs.
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