Music Teacher Recognised
At the Queen’s Birthday Parade this Saturday (17 June 2017) Deputy Governor, Hon. Franz Manderson named the latest individuals to receive the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour.
These are businessman Mr. Keith Parker Tibbetts Jr., for services to persons with disabilities, and Mrs Frances Mary McConvey, for services to for services to education, the arts, culture and the community.
Frances Mary McConvey, Cert. Hon.
Music teacher Frances McConvey has been announced as the recipient of a Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017.
Mrs McConvey will be awarded for her services to education, arts, culture and the community of the Cayman Islands.
The announcement was made at the end of the Queen’s Birthday Parade and Ceremony held on the steps of the Legislative Ceremony on Saturday (17 June 2017).
Originally from the U.K., Mrs McConvey has taught in Grand Cayman schools since 1984 and, along with husband Desmond, has fostered many children during the past 27 years in addition to raising their two sons Patrick and Ryan.
A musician since childhood, she studied at the University of London and the Guildhall School of Music in the U.K. Her first job in the Cayman Islands was as head of music at Cayman Islands Middle School, which became George Hicks High School and then Clifton Hunter High School.
In 2011, she left government service to teach instrumental music privately, then worked part-time in government primary schools until returning to teach full-time at John Gray High School in 2015, where she is now subject leader for music.
During her time on the island she has taught a wide range of instruments as well as directing vocal groups and choirs to both secondary and primary students.
In the past four years, Mrs McConvey has been working with Cayman Arts Festival to develop an after-school music programme for gifted and talented children in government schools.
She has also assisted in transcribing traditional Cayman Islands songs which were recorded by the National Archives’ Memory Bank Programme, now known as the Oral History Programme.
Other roles include being the musical director of productions for Cayman Drama Society, working with the Cayman Islands Scout Association, the Cayman Islands Guide Association, and the mentoring programme Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Under Mrs McConvey’s tutelage, students have performed at numerous public and national events. In addition, she has taken John Gray’s school band to perform at Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida, among many overseas trips.
Mrs McConvey is the Cayman Islands representative for the Trinity London Examination Board and is a member of St. George’s Anglican Church where she is an organist and directs the junior choir.
“It has been a privilege to have lived in the Cayman Islands and to have worked in the government school system,” she said. “Being able to provide opportunities for our gifted and talented students to excel playing musical instruments has been particularly rewarding. It’s great to see so many of our young people do well and it’s a real pleasure for me to feel that I have played some part in their success.”
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