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An African Adventure in LED

On December 11th, the Lower Elementary Downstairs class hosted its African Project Display Day, and invited all of the parents into the classroom to embark upon an adventure into this vast and beautiful continent.

The children were incredibly proud to share their projects with their parents as well as other visitors, and eagerly shared their favourite tidbits of information from their research. Many of the children completed projects on animals, biomes, and/or various countries in Africa. It is of note that the children conducted the research and the writing of their projects as independently as possible, and this was evident in how knowledgeable they were about their topics.

We were very fortunate to be able to warm-up our public speaking skills with a few Grade 4 students from the Upper Elementary East class, who came for a sneak peek of our projects. The children loved being “interviewed” by their older peers about their projects, and beamed with pride as they shared their hard work.

The children’s creative responses were also on display: vivid pop-up habitats that brought the savanna and rainforests to life, as well as dioramas and sculptures that beautifully depicted various biomes, animals and landmarks. These wonderfully creative, artistic components of the project are incredible synthesizers of the children’s knowledge, enabling them to express what they have learned in a way that sparks their imaginations.

Thank you to all of the families who were able to attend this week’s Africa Project Display Day. Your presence, interest and support were deeply appreciated by the children and the teachers!

Mr. Andre Catches a New Wave

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The Upper Elementary children and parents came together this week to say a heartfelt goodbye to Upper Elementary teacher Mr. André, who will be embarking on an exciting new journey as he moves to Australia this month with his family.
 During the annual holiday beach get-together at Spotts Beach, the Upper Elementary children surprised Mr. André with the loving rendition of a special song they had written and rehearsed for him, sung to the  melody of “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley:
Mr. André, 
How are you? 
‘Cause Australia
Is gonna be alright.
Woke up this morning,
To the Caymanian sun.
Two lovely dogs,
By your doorstep,
Chasing iguanas,
Preferably green not blue.
This is our message to you.
Singin’ don’t worry ’bout a thing,
‘Cause Australia is gonna be alright.
Singing don’t worry ’bout a thing,
‘Cause Australia is gonna be alright.
You woke up this morning,
Decided to surf for fun,
A beautiful wave, 
And the wind was off shore.
Surfing sweet waves,
You know you wanted more.
This is our message to you.
‘Cause Australia is gonna be alright.
Singin’ don’t worry ’bout a thing,
‘Cause Australia is gonna be alright.
We love you, Mr. André!
Mr. André spent six and half years working with the children and families of MBTS, as Upper Elementary teacher, animal advocate, and surfing guru. He has inspired and touched every child with whom he has worked, planting the seeds of respect for self, for others, and for the environment by living by these virtues. His selfless devotion to the students, the MBTS community, and the wider island community will be deeply missed.
We wish you and your family the best, Mr. André, as you begin the next chapter of your journey. Our hearts swell with the wisdom, kindness, and compassion you have shared with all of us. May the currents bring you exciting and wonderful new waves to ride!

The Gift of Giving

Toy Drive

A big and heartfelt thank-you goes out to all of the families who generously and joyfully donated a gift to the Casa Charity Toy Drive. We are so thrilled to share that over 150 gifts were brought in by the MBTS community! This overwhelmingly positive response will bring so much joy to the hearts of so many needy children, and so effortlessly imparted the importance of sharing and giving to our own students at MBTS.

The Casa Charity Toy Drive, which was launched earlier this month, benefitted local charitable organization, Impact 345.  This wonderful organization aims to make a positive impact on our island community through various charitable initiatives, including the “Have a Heart Kids” program that focuses on the needs of young charity patients at Health City. All toys donated by the MBTS community were given directly to the “Have A Heart Kids” program, and will benefit children up to the age of 18 years, whose families are having a difficult time financially but are not receiving help through social services or other organizations.

Representatives from Impact 345 visited MBTS on Wednesday, December 13th, to happily collect the bags overflowing with donations. By working with this wonderful organization, it is our hope that our students will become more aware of the needs of others, and develop a deeply-rooted sense of compassion, generosity and kindness.

Thank you very much all of your support!