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New local swimming coach awarded gong in UK

New local swimming coach awarded gong in UK

| 25/08/2012 | 1 Comment

Ian Armiger with Medal (216x300).jpg(CIASA): Ian Armiger, the Cayman Islands’ new Technical Director for Swimming, recently received the prestigious Loughborough University Medal. The ward is in recognition of “…exceptional service in any field, whether distinguished by duration, distinction (although not necessarily high profile), impact on the life or spirit of the University, unstinting and caring service especially to others (staff, students or externally on behalf of the University) above and beyond what could reasonably be expected.” Armiger, formerly the Director of Swimming at Loughborough University, left his post after the London 2012 Olympic Games and will arrive in Grand Cayman to assume his full-time position on 1 September.

The Technical Director of Swimming is a new position in the Cayman Islands and one which has been made possible by support from the Cayman Islands Government's Ministry of Sports and leading local law firm, Maples and Calder.

With nearly 40 years’ experience as a professional swimming coach, Ian is fully committed to helping swimmers achieve their dreams. Under his guidance he created one of the finest swim teams, successfully dominating the British Universities Championships and winning many national and international honours.

Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association (CIASA) President, Peter MacKay said: “Ian Armiger’s legacy at Loughborough will live on even as he begins developing the Cayman Islands Swimming Programmes in the same way.

“He will be the Technical Director for Swimming and with his extensive experience, input and guidance we look forward to seeing the growth of swimming in our schools, our competitive programmes and our open water swims. We look forward to welcoming Ian to Cayman and to rolling up our sleeves and working alongside him so that the sport of swimming in the Cayman Islands can continue on the upward trajectory which Shaune and Brett Fraser’s recent success in London has set for us.”


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Opening set for the first new high school

Opening set for the first new high school

| 25/08/2012 | 17 Comments

IMG-20120720-00189 (249x300).jpg(CNS): The brand new but controversial Clifton Hunter High School has finally been given an official opening date. The state of the art facility which has been used as a political football for the last four years will open its doors to the first students on Monday 3 September. Education officials said Friday evening that special arrangements are being made for the new school which will begin with induction for Year 7 students from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Then on Tuesday, 4 September the School opens for Year 10 & 11 students with the school year starting for Year 7 on Wednesday, 5 September.  On Thursday, 6 September Year 8 & 9 students begin the entry process.

There were no indications of any ribbon cuttings or special ceremonies, unlike the recent opening of the new block at George Town Primary, but the confirmation put pay to fears the building would not be ready in time for the new academic year.

Meanwhile, the students attending John Gray High School will do so at the old George Hicks Campus at 73 Academy Way, George Town. That school opens with induction for new students in year 7 on Tuesday 28 August from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The school will then open to all students on Wednesday 29 August.

At the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC) which will now be located at the old John Gray campus, at 515 Walkers Road, will open on Monday August 27 for collection of exam results for 2011/12 CIFEC students then on Tuesday 28 August year 11 Students can collect their results. Induction takes place on Monday and Tuesday 3-4 September for all students with the rest of the week being set aside for workplace advice & guidance. The full timetable will begin for all students on the following Monday.

Over on Cayman Brac, students at the Layman E. Scott Senior High School will begin on Wednesday 29 August .

Across all three islands primary schools and reception classes open on Wednesday 29 August

For those students who utilize the school buses, collection points will remain the same for the 2012/2013 academic year, with the new Clifton Hunter Campus being added to the bus routes.

Parents can refer any questions on opening dates or other school issues to the Department of Education Services at 945-1199.

For the 2012/2013 School Calendar please visit the Ministry of Education’s website,

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