Category Archives: School Community Events

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!

 

 

An Island Christmas at MBTS

The children of MBTS joyfully brought the holidays home to our island this Saturday, during this year’s annual holiday concert, “An Island Christmas.” Families and friends all came together at Mary Miller Hall to share in the children’s magical and musical celebration of the wonders of Christmas and our island home.

Under the guidance of specialist teachers Ms. Ana, Ms. Helene and Ms. Michelle, the students creatively wove together a wonderful tale of elves and pirates who have very different notions of Christmas. The jolliest pirate of all, Whitebeard (a.k.a. Santa Claus) emerges from the North Pole to bring everyone together, and help the once-marauding pirates discover the true and selfless spirit of the season.

Every child at MBTS played a part in the spectacular show, with each class and level performing at least one song, some Lower Elementary children confidently serving as hosts, and Upper Elementary and Middle Years children playing speaking parts with dramatic aplomb and expression.

MBTS would like to thank all of the children for their brilliant efforts on stage, the families and friends who came out and supported the students during the performance, and all of the staff who made the production possible. Special thanks also go to the MBTS Parents’ Guild and Mise en Place, who provided delicious treats and refreshments to make the concert experience even more delightful.

We hope that you all enjoyed the show, and that the spirit of Christmas fills your hearts with the warmth and wonder of the holiday season!

Farmer Clarence Brings Freshness to MBTS!

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Last Tuesday, the side path along MBTS was livened up with the fresh produce and warm smile of Farmer Clarence McLaughlin.

Farmer Clarence, as he is affectionately known by many in the local community, is very excited to bring his lovingly-grown local product to MBTS every other Tuesday. Based on the empty bins and crates left at the end of the day, his fresh vegetables, fruits, coconut water and jelly, and eggs were extremely popular!

MBTS is delighted to have Farmer Clarence become a part of the school community. With this in mind, we asked Farmer Clarence to share a little bit about himself with the MBTS Crest & Current:

How did you find your path in becoming a farmer? What inspired you to go in that direction?

I love to help and educate people to eat healthy, fresh local produce because there’s a lack of local produce in the Cayman Islands.

What do you love most about being a farmer?

To be around nature and to be able to produce local fruits and vegetables.

Where do you grow your produce? Do you supply other businesses and/or participate in other farmers’ markets on the island?

We produce a variety of fruits and vegetables, and we do go to the Camana Bay Farmers’ Market every Wednesday and Saturday. We also do pop-up markets in schools and local businesses.

What challenges do you encounter as a farmer?

Having adequate fresh water and fertile soil.

What’s in season during these cooler months around Christmas time, and what produce can we expect during your next visit?

During this season, it is great time for greens like lettuce, spinach, arugula, and of course, tomatoes.

What is your favourite thing to grow and/or eat? Why is that your favourite?

Mustard greens and tomatoes are my favourite. They both have a fantastic flavour and taste I really love.

As a steward of the environment and a farmer, what words of wisdom would you share with the children of MBTS?

For the children to try to learn how to eat healthy at an early age, and that they should not forget that the ecosystem of the world is very fragile – human beings can’t exist without a healthy environment.

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Farmer Clarence will be back at MBTS on Tuesday, November 28th. See you there with your shopping bag!