The festive holidays on Grand Cayman are always a magical time of year and full of wonderful traditions and events: the beautifully decorated local Caymanian homes and roundabouts, and the annual Camana Bay Christmas Tree Lighting, the Parade of Lights and the Cayman Singing Christmas Tree, to name a few.
The holiday season is very much celebrated at Cayman International School, which continues to offer students and families ways to experience the joy of Christmas and the joy of giving.
THE GIVING TREE
Each year Cayman International School partners with the Cayman Islands Department of Children and Family Services to provide gifts to underprivileged children.
The Giving Tree has been conducted since Cayman International School was opened. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree is put up in the Administration building and the Elementary School Student Leadership members place numerous gift tags on the tree. On each tag is written a child’s age and gender, and families that choose to give select a gift tag and then shop for the child’s gift. As it gets closer to Christmas, the Giving Tree grows with the added gifts.
“Children and Family Services has a list of kids who are either in foster homes or in shelters … who will receive the gifts,” says Rita Imparato, a member of the Elementary School Student Leadership.
The gifts are delivered so that the children wake on Christmas morning with a gift from Santa Claus.
The Cayman International School band and choir will perform their annual holiday concerts at the Harquail Centre. The Choral Department, led by Choral Director Nicole Bradford, presents “Winter Wonderland” on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. featuring festive performances by the choruses of 5th grade, middle school and high school. Special guests include the CIS Staff Chorus, The Stingrays, Jonathan Taylor, Joe Millson, Andy Litwiller, Emily Farren and Sarah Newman.
The Band Department, led by Director of Bands Joe Millson, will present its “Winter Band Concert” on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. Performances include “Bobsled Run” and “Steel Pan Carol.”
The holiday season is all about giving and not just receiving. Everyone is encouraged to give support to the students participating in the concerts and to the children in need who don’t have presents.
The students and facility at Cayman International School are all very excited and look forward to celebrating the holiday season throughout the community. Ho, Ho, Ho!
Lauren Colaiacovo is a Grade 8 student at Cayman International School.