Trips & Volunteering
All classes throughout the school take regular educational trips during the school year to support the programme. These trips are an integral part of the school’s curriculum.
Some class trips throughout Grade 6 - 12 may be overnight considering the purpose of the trip. Trips for grades 7 through 8 focus on environmental and social issues and the outdoors of Trinidad and Tobago. Additional trips for grades 6-12 focus on academics and sports that build class unity and spirit, such as MUN and the CAISSA tournaments.
Two marked overnight trips on our calendar are the 8th grade Grande Riviere trip, focused on turtle conservation and our High School Biology trip to Matura, focused on the tagging of these migratory turtles.
External security personnel on field trips are subject to the following guidelines:
- The name and copy of the security guard’s personal identification (such as passport or driving permit) must be presented to the campus principal at least 10 days prior to the date of departure.
- If requested, the guard must be made available to attend an orientation session for the trip to be conducted by the principal or lead chaperone and ISPS security.
- Accommodation arrangements for private security must be made by the parents and their expense. The school will provide the name and contact information for selected lodging.
- Private security may not, at any time while in the presence of ISPS students, be armed with live ammunition and must conceal all weaponry.
- Alcohol or tobacco may not be consumed in front of students.
- Parents will provide/arrange transportation for private security to follow students in school buses. Guards will not be permitted to ride along in the school’s transportation, and privately guarded students are expected to ride with other students.
- While on hikes or at other venues, the security guard will do his/her best to remain inconspicuous so as not to draw attention to the child or group at large.
- If the guard believes that there are any risks to student safety he/she will bring that concern to the lead security officer from ISPS.
- The guard may not discipline or direct any child on the trip.
- The guard will respect the professional standards of our organization in both dress and language.
It is important that all students participate in the scheduled educational trips to enhance the educational experiences provided at school. First Aid kits are taken on all field trips and a clearly defined field trip procedure is followed to ensure safety and efficiency.
Parents and guardians are notified of any trips in advance and must give written permission before their children can participate. The letter provides information on the purpose of the trip, the time and day of the trip and travel arrangements. All curriculum related trips are provided free of charge unless an admission fee is charged when the cost will be borne by the parents/guardians. All students must have parent permission before going on field trips.
Parents may be asked to help transport the children and every precaution is taken to safeguard the children on these trips, but neither the school nor the parents furnishing the car for the trips can assume complete responsibility for participating students. We require that each field trip driver be certain that his or her car is in excellent driving condition, that he/she has proper insurance coverage, and that each child wears a seat belt.
As a part of our strategic plan, Global Citizenship is at the core of the educational program here at ISPS. We strive to have our students make a positive contribution to the greater community and produce global citizens. Two of our main community service initiatives are:
Project Care - Middle School
For our Middle School community service initiatives we have partnered with local organizations such as Project Care TT to refurbish primary schools in our community, through donation and mural painting.
NHS - High School
Our NHS have collaborated with local groups to feed the homeless in our community as well as mural painting of the children’s ward at a national hospital.
In order to carry out these objectives students will:
- Respect and value diversity
- Act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions
- Recognize and respond to the needs of the wider community
To Help Students Achieve This, We Will:
- Offer opportunities for personal growth
- Provide a coordinated community service program
- Promote student appreciation of a variety of cultures
- Develop awareness of global issues
Our students, especially in the Middle and High Schools, are encouraged to participate in some form of community service. Community Service activities and projects are held throughout the academic year.