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A Message From The Principal
So glad you have found us – WELCOME to St. Monica’s Preparatory Trinidad!
An idea of a school was conceived in Ireland by the Sisters of the Holy Faith, and so St. Monica’s Prep was born in Trinidad in 1959. Founded and standing in its FAITH, this school exudes the passion and commitment of TEAMSMP as it welcomes anyone who enters its gates.
It is my distinct honour and privilege to be the principal of this esteemed Roman Catholic School whose primary purpose is to provide education experiences, which, with God’s help, are best calculated to develop the children under our care with the knowledge, skills-set and attitudes/values that are demanded for Christ-like living in a Caribbean/global community. School Philosophy 1 of Parents Handbook.
At each level of our school, we strive in everything we do to work with our fellowmen of every creed and race as we infuse the following Values:
- Obedience (Junior Infants) - Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to Him. Ps. 128:1
- Self-Control (Senior Infants) - For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2Timothy 1:7
- Friendliness (Standard 1) - How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. Ps. 133:1
- Compassion (Standard 2) - Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you. Ep. 4:32
- Tolerance (Standard 3) - Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew 7:1
- Honesty (Standard 4) - An honest witness tells the truth, but the false witness tells lies. Proverbs 12:17
- Reliability (Standard 5) - So each of us will give an account of himself to God. Romans 14:12
- Perseverance (Teachers) - Seek the Lord and His Strength; seek his presence continually! 1 Chronicles 16:11
Praise and Testimonials
Having begun my journey at St. Monica’s Prep as a student, the memories of those early years hold a special place in my heart.
The nurturing atmosphere, dedicated teachers, and the friendships I fostered with people from different walks of life not only shaped my academic foundation but also instilled values like kindness and resilience.
Now, returning as a teacher, it's a privilege to share the same sense of wonder and love for learning that once inspired me. The school's hands-on approach to education and unwavering commitment to excellence create an environment where both students and teachers can thrive. It's more than a school; it's a place that fosters growth and meaningful connections.
I left St. Monica’s sixteen years ago, and I have so many fond memories of SMP socially and academically. Being able to attend SMP along with my cousins and sibling was truly a privilege and I will carry those memories with me forever. Little memories such as buying treats from the tuck shop, participating in sports day races and walkathon activities are some of just to name a few.
Years later, working at SMP, it gives me great joy to see so many talented students growing and
preparing for their future.
I am truly amazed to see the hard work of the teachers and the teamwork that goes into
running SMP every day and also the effort and talent put into the many productions and events!
I have known about St. Monica’s Prep. from doing my research about great private schools in Port-of-Spain.
From inception our daughter has always expressed her love for her teachers. From 1st year to standard 4. SMP has always provided a holistic learning environment for their students. This laid the foundation for our younger daughter happily enrolling into the SMP family. From Jr. infant, Ms. Bhagwandin’s and Ms. Salandy’s teaching styles are not much different, but what is the same, is their love for the kids and their delivery of the topics on hand.
Christmas concerts, Carnival parades, and the Friday sports club are fun activities the children always look forward to. Being a part of the SMP family is always a great privilege and I would always chant “Hooray for St. Monica’s Prep.”
Mikhail Mc Comie
SMP means so much more to me than just a primary school. Here, it always felt like a family. Despite providing a very strong educational foundation, that afforded me the opportunity to progress to a great secondary school and university in the United States… SMP provided me a rich cultural diversity through various celebrations for each religion.
Having graduated from college, it is safe to say that SMP set me up for success and were some of my favourite days. From, eagerly waiting for Fridays to have my extracurricular activities to performing in Christmas concerts were just some of my core memories here as it brought a sense of togetherness and belonging.
Other significant events that I recall as well are Music Festival and Central Games. These gave me and my classmates our own opportunities to be appreciated in the SMP community.
St. Monica’s has always been a part of my life. My sisters and I all attended St. Monica’s and when I had my own children and it was time to choose a primary school for them to attend, although the pre-school recommended that I register each child at more than one primary school, there was really only one choice.
As a practicing Catholic, I wanted my children to attend a well-founded and well-grounded Catholic school. It was a great blessing that all four of my children were able to attend St. Monica’s. The virtues and values which my family holds true and which were exemplified when I was a student, are still present – a sense of fairness, caring, duty, responsibility, to name a few.
My children were able to experience some of the same things I did – starting and ending each day with prayer, rosary procession, sports day, walk-a-thon, Christmas concerts. And yes, academics is important as well. The school has consistently performed over the years with the majority of students passing for 7-year secondary schools. But when a student leaves St. Monica’s, they leave with so much more that academic passes.
They have been given a good foundation on which to build both academic and personal success. I have no hesitation in recommending St. Monica’s as the school of choice for parents or guardians who are looking for the best all rounded education for their children.
I attended Holy Faith St. Monica’s Preparatory for seven years. Through my years there, I was exposed to multiple extracurriculars offered by the school including: water polo, gymnastics, taekwondo, triathlon, tennis just to name a few. At SMP, I met some of the best teachers I have ever encountered.
Not only did they teach me everything I needed to know to get into my first choice secondary school, they also made all of us feel welcomed and supported. Because of SMP, I made some of my closest friends of seven plus years. If it weren’t for this school, I wouldn't have traveled and competed with the Trinidad and Tobago National Water Polo team recently. From my years at this school, I can tell that St. Monica’s produces extremely successful and well-rounded children.
St. Monica's Prep (SMP) holds a special place in my heart. It was such a joy to go to school here. Not because my mom was a teacher but in fact the other staff members showed such dedication. My Std. 5 class was part of the CAC programme and the way the teachers came together to ensure we were ready for Drama, Physical Education and all the other subjects was indeed extraordinary.
I especially remember getting the role of Vice Captain and St Michael’s winning the prize on Walkathon morning. Of course, I will never forget being cast as one of the five stars in the Christmas concert. One memory I will treasure is standing on the altar with my family as we had been chosen to renew the baptismal promise and light the candle.
Being there with my granny and grandad was so special and well that is what SMP is, a place where families can come together and a place where students have many opportunities to shine. Winning my first medal in the 3-legged race and the prize for English before I graduated was priceless.