Whether you’re a faculty member, a student wanting to make a difference or a parent in a group on campus, building school spirit is essential to creating connectivity. At ISPS we have a house system set in place to provide this opportunity of connectivity through cooperation and collaboration among peers.
The International School of Port of Spain’s (ISPS’) house system builds off our Mission/ Vision to cultivate and boost teamwork, participation and sportsmanship throughout the school and community. The House System is a school-wide program that endeavors to develop school spirit and strong connections among the students within and across the grade levels.
All students have a sense of belonging at ISPS, which increases, as they are able to identify and feel like they belong when placed in a house. The House System boosts the spirit of the school, ‘striving for excellence and pursuing one's unique potential’. Every student is assigned to one of the four houses. Siblings are placed in the same house.
There are four houses at ISPS. The houses are named after rivers in Trinidad & Tobago. Each house has a designated color:
On acceptance to the International School of Port of Spain, each student receives a house assignment and remains in that house throughout their time at ISPS. Teachers and other staff members also belong to the House system.
Each house is led by a House Captain from the upper grades.The House Captain’s role involves organising teams, encouraging team spirit and appointing activities to each participant in their house. They are supported by the teachers in the respective houses. Both Middle and High School have lead house teachers.
Each house member can add to their house totals in several ways, both in and out of the classroom. House points are given for outstanding effort and achievement. House activities are held throughout the school term which call on student and staff participation in order to gain points for each house. On Late Start Wednesdays students and staff members are encouraged to wear their house shirts. Points are earned this way and are monitored in homerooms. Each participating member is recorded for wearing their house color on Wednesday’s , and weekly updates are announced in the Weekly Loop on Fridays. These points are recorded by the Assistant Principal and shared with the community on a weekly basis. At the end of the year the points are tallied to decide the winning house, which is awarded the challenge cup, the Spirit Trophy.
Every academic year there are special events that build community Spirit at ISPS. We look forward to the culture and the celebrations that define our school, and look forward to sharing the information below that will allow you to fully appreciate these events.
October 24th is United Nations Day, and traditionally around this time each year, the International School of Port of Spain celebrates “International Week”. During this designated week in our calendar, we welcome the opportunity to honor the diversity of our community with special events that highlight the work of the United Nations.
Over the last few years we have been highlighting several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), otherwise known as the Global Goals. These are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. There is an opening event, the Parade of Nations, where the full representation of the many nationalities of our families are highlighted. There will be featured speakers, and opportunities to wear traditional national outfits.
Our community is truly diverse, and we are proud to showcase this. . The culminating event is a “International Food Festival”’ organised by our hardworking PTO, and parents. Guests are treated to delicious food prepared by our parents, and also treated to a cultural show, an event not to be missed.
The International School of Port of Spain Sports Day is an annual event dedicated to bringing our school community together in celebrating physical activity. Students spend the day taking part in a range of activities and competing between the grade levels within elementary, middle and high school.
Our students are grouped into their 4 House Teams (Nariva, Caroni, Mayaro & Marval) and each house member battles it out on the field to gather as many points for their Houses to win the Champion House Team. Our staff and parents are also invited to participate by cheering on their designated house teams and taking part in the activities on the day. All participants are encouraged to wear their designated House T-shirts to be counted on the day to go towards gaining points toward the champion trophy.
ISPS students are exposed to the rich culture of Trinidad and Tobago. Carnival is the greatest expression of this culture. The annual ISPS "Carnival Jump-up", held at ISPS on the Friday before the official Carnival celebrations in Trinidad & Tobago allows our students to be exposed in a suitable way to their age group. This jump-up is a simulation of Carnival Monday and Tuesday and all students get into "bands" by grade level. Dressed in costumes, the student parade around the North Field to celebrate the beginning of Carnival. There will be guest musicians, and our very own ISPS Steel Ensemble may perform. ISPS carnival jump up is an event that helps build community and builds an appreciation of life in Trinidad & Tobago.This celebration is usually a half day and parents, teachers, students and guests participate.