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“Hurrah for St. Monica’s Prep! Not one of us here out of step! To any person who has been privileged to be part of the St. Monica’s Preparatory School will almost immediately continue the chorus of this our School Song: “…….In our uniforms smart we are proud to be seen In our colours of grey, white and green.” These words describe who we are and what we’re all about.. to put it simply- we are proud and happy to experience each day in a vibrant, dynamic, healthy and disciplined environment.

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SMP Building – 87 Pembroke Street, Port-of-Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMP Building - 78 - 80 Dundonald Street, Port of Spain

SMP Building – 78 – 80 Dundonald Street, Port of Spain

St. Monica’s Preparatory opened its doors in September, 1959 and became fully functioning in the following year, 1960.

Sr. Laurentina of the Sisters of the Holy Faith, Ireland, was the first principal of this school; she now lives in Holy Faith Convent,Glasnevin, Ireland. Two years later, Sr. Mary Eunan, yet another Sister of the Holy Faith, took over the reins of this illustrious institution and she remained and continued the ‘building’ of this school from 1962 to 2000. What a leader she was and still is! She now resides in Holy Faith Convent,Clontarf, Ireland.

In 2000, Ann Marie (Grant) Clarke, the first lay person was bestowed with the title of that of, the principal. Mindful of the Catholic ethos of the school, Mrs. Clarke, along with the Board of Directors, is continuing the work begun by her predecessors and thus St. Monica’s Prep. School thrives as it distinguishes itself in all arenas.

Steeped in the culture of a strong Catholic faith, St. Monica’s or as it is now fondly called S.M.P. has been the home of many of our staff members for several years; this staff has garnered its strength over the years with a core of teachers who work so well together that the synergy can only be described as unbelievable. These fine women and men have themselves found the elusive ‘chemistry’ or best fit in their environment and as such are some of the greatest mentors one can hope to find or with whom to work. Today the staff has grown to thirty (30) members – twenty seven (27) teachers, two (2) administrative staff and the principal. Of the 27 teachers there are nine who have been in the S.M.P. service for over fifteen (15) years!

St. Monica’s Prep is today still owned by the Sisters of the Holy Faith and governed by the Board of Management – Sr. Marie Young, Sr. Juliet Rajah, Dr. Bernard Tappin and Mr. Barry Tom Yew.

The Sisters of the Holy Faith has as its Motto:

THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMES THE WORLD – OUR FAITH.

St. Monica’s Preparatory School

78 - 80 Dundonald Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I. Phone: 1 (868) 623-8328 / 1 (868) 761-7628 Fax: 1 (868) 623-8328 Web: www.stmonicasprep.edu.tt
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