October 6, 2022

Seven Cayman Islands Lighthouse School students make history and pass the City & Guilds Exams 2018

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From The Cayman Islands Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Lands.

Lighthouse School is proud to share that for the first-time-ever, on 14 June 2018, seven students successfully passed Stage One City & Guild exams. City & Guilds is a qualification that is recognised worldwide and opens doors for future opportunities both in further education and the workplace. The students’ success allows them to enter the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC). This is the first time this opportunity has been extended to students from Lighthouse School.

In late 2017, seven incredible students: Lynval Foreshaw, Marlon Bodden, Chelsea Frederick, Keanu McKenzie, Dante Thompson, Julius Smith, and Yanique Ebanks took on the challenge of entering the first-ever City & Guilds programme at Lighthouse School. The programme culminated with each of the students taking two exams in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics.

“Lighthouse School is a beacon of light and hope for many young people in the Cayman Islands. Every year the staff and students achieve amazing things.” Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Minister for Education and Youth, “However, the light shone even brighter in the 2017-18 academic year. These students have paved the way for their peers, who hope to in the future follow in their footsteps.”

“Under the guidance of their teacher Mrs. Dee Clark, the support staff: Mrs. Philipa Miller and Ms. Melissa Jackson, and the Senior Management Team at both Lighthouse School and CIFEC. These seven students undertook what many perceived as an impossible challenge.” Elroy Bryan, Principal of Lighthouse School, “They worked harder than they had ever worked before and sacrificed lunch breaks, free time, and even Saturday mornings to engage in extra tuition with Ms. Clark. Some of them faced challenging personal obstacles which they bravely overcame. Their incredible attitudes to learning and growth mindsets helped them to persevere, even on the toughest days.”

The path was not an easy one and mock exams proved more daunting than expected. Interventions and extra study sessions took place to prepare the students further and increase their chance of success. Through sheer hard work, focus and determination, the students produced all their required coursework to a very high standard and worked tirelessly to prepare for their exams.

The summer was filled with anticipation as the students awaited their scores in August. The seven amazing students from Lighthouse School all passed both Mathematics and English (Reading and Writing) City and Guilds exams. Collectively they were able to achieve 4 passes, 9 merits and a distinction.

For more information on this and other programmes available to Lighthouse School students, contact 947-5454.


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