Students across the Cayman Islands received their first copy of a new newspaper called The Thatch Rope Times just after Easter, geared especially for them. The brain child of the Celebrate Cayman committee, the Thatch Rope Times will see three editions published this year, with the first one focusing on the Coat of Arms celebration and the history and culture that comes with this important milestone in Cayman’s past.
Kara Coe, Project Coordinator with the Celebrate Cayman team said they were ecstatic that the first issue reached the hands of every student on all three Islands.
“We are delighted by the feedback, enthusiastic participation in the quiz challenge, and the number of submissions for the upcoming Royal Visit special edition. We can only hope that even more schools, teachers, and students embrace this opportunity to display our children’s creative expression and connection to Caymanian culture,” she stated.
Editor, Lindsey Turnbull said they had worked hard to ensure the content reached students at their level.
“We wanted to produce something that would stimulate young minds and make them want to pick up the newspaper and actually read it cover to cover. With that in mind, we ensured there was colourful content, interactive quizzes and competitions, and lots of great artwork and stories from students themselves,” she confirmed.
Great response all round
The newspaper has already been well received by students, teachers and parents. Mum of three, Joannah Bodden Small, said:
“From a parent’s perspective, I thought it was just excellent. A great range of topics and so vibrant and interesting. Educational and fun at the same time, and really something for everyone.”
Joannah’s children, who all attend Cayman Prep and High School, also enjoyed the read, with Naomi, 10, loving the quizzes, poems and seeing other children’s artwork. Naomi said she felt the newspaper was educational and interesting. Joannah said Naomi loves to cook and is excited to try the cassava cake recipe. Naomi said she felt proud to be Caymanian when reading it. Little brother Asher, 6, said seeing his sisters was his favourite part of the newspaper (their photo illustrates one of the pages), and sister Chloe, 7, loved all the artwork. Joannah confirmed her children would be entering the competitions and Naomi is planning to do the quizzes. They said they were looking forward to the next edition.
Darquise Nantel is a part-time teacher at Cayman International School and also works as a tutor. She said she enjoyed reading the newspaper and had some useful suggestions for future editions:
“I think it is a great idea and love the contests, as it gets kids more involved. I would love to see maybe community star students, where teachers or community member can write about a student who has helped the community in some way... maybe even a little section where a comic strip is created by a student, related to Cayman. I loved the history, etc.”
The Thatch Rope Times is printed by The Caymanian Times. Look out for the second edition coming soon that will focus on the Royal Visit.