Lighthouse students qualify for CIFEC

| 11/09/2018
CNS Local Life

Lighthouse School students hold their exam results

(CNS Local Life): For the first time ever, Lighthouse School students have passed Stage One City & Guilds exams. The students received their scores in August, collectively earning four passes, nine merits and a distinction, a success that allows them to enter the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC), the first time this opportunity has been extended to Lighthouse pupils.

City & Guilds is a qualification that is recognised worldwide and opens doors for future opportunities both in further education and the workplace, stated a press release.

In late 2017, the seven 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 in June.

“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,” Minister for Education Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said. “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.”

Elroy Bryan, principal of Lighthouse School, acknowledged the guidance of teacher Dee Clark, the support staff – Philipa Miller and  Melissa Jackson – and the senior management teams at both Lighthouse School and CIFEC. “These seven students undertook what many perceived as an impossible challenge,” he said.

“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, said the release. The students were helped by interventions and extra study sessions to 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,” said the release.

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

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