School Houses

School Houses

Inspiring students with the confidence to assume new challenges

At the MET we are proud of our vibrant community. We have developed a house system to further develop and celebrate the strong feeling of spirit and sense of belonging among all members of our school community, including students, faculty, support staff and parents. Every member of our MET Community takes part in house events and may earn points, rewarding achievement, community enrichment, and school spirit across a wide range of school-based activities. This system aims to encourage a real sense of pride and achievement for students at the MET, fostering community spirit and giving the students an opportunity to make meaningful bonds accross grade levels.

OUR SCHOOL HOUSES

The school community is divided into four houses and every member of the community is allocated to a house. Members of the same family are all in the same house and remain in the same house throughout their time at the MET.  

Our school houses are called Chirú, Natá, Urracá and Kantule, named after important historical chiefs from some of Panama’s Indigenous tribes. Each house has a team color and students display support for their house by wearing their house colors.


HOUSE OF URRACÁ

Named after Ngabe chieftain or cacique from what is now the province of Veraguas who lead an arduous fight against Spanish conquistadors. For over nine years, Urracá bravely fought against the Spanish forces, creating alliances and joining forces with neighboring tribes that were traditionally enemies. Caciques of neighboring tribes united under his command. Urracá was the only one among Indian Chieftains to force a captain of the Spanish army to sign a peace treaty. Tricked, Urracá was finally captured and sent to Nombre de Dios to be taken to Spain. With courage, Urracá escaped his captors and reunited with his tribe continuing to lead his tribe for several more years.

House Color: Blue

HOUSE OF KANTULE

Named after Nele Kantule, a famous chief of the Guna indigenous tribe. He created schools to educate the tribe’s youth in Guna history, and emerged as a leader after having studied Guna medicine and becoming an important doctor in his community. Kantule went to lead the 1925 Guna Revolution in defense of the preservation of his tribe’s tradition and customs that resulted in a peace treaty that was the first step in establishing laws that would establish an autonomous status for the Gunas, and both recover and preserve their culture.

House color: Yellow

HOUSE OF CHIRÚ

Chirú was one of the great caciques in Panama’s central provinces in the area southeast of what is now known as Antón. Upon its sight, the Spanish conquistadors were amazed by  the agricultural wealth of his lands, and attacked Chirú’s settlements. Chirú lead the rebellion of his tribe against the invading forces prior to being captured. Many landmarks in the central provinces are named after him, and several myths and legends remain of the Great Chirú chieftain.

House Color: Orange

HOUSE OF NATÁ

Named after Ngabe chieftain or cacique in what is now known as Natá in the province of Coclé. The cacique had a blooming shire, with extensive green expands of rich grass for cattle and fertile land for agriculture in the region fed by Río Grande y Río Chico. His town's limits went from Chame to the limits of what is currently the province of Veraguas and had a large wealthy settlement with an abundance of corn, deer and fish. The Spaniards eventually took Natá's settlement as center for further surveying and expeditions for its strategic location.

House Color: Green

AWARD AND POINT SYSTEM

All members of the community have the opportunity to earn house points throughout the school year. They can earn points every day for merit or they can also gain house points from the various competitions that are held throughout the year. House points are counted and the totals are announced regularly at flag raising ceremonies. House and Spirit trophies are awarded after major competitions and at the end of the school year.

Earning House Points 

 There are several fun ways of receiving house points. Some may only be given during school-wide academic or sporting events, others in hallways, or in class! Some ways of receiving points are:

  • Demonstrating and embodying an IB Learner Profile attribute
  • Academic achievements
  • Demonstrating hard work and effort
  • Achievement in sporting events
  • Being caring and respectful with other members of the community
  • Demonstrating positive attitudes
  • Helpful approaches to different situations
  • Demonstrating leadership

For more information on how to gain house points, you may ask your homeroom teacher!

Awards 

House points are counted regularly and announced during Flag Raising Ceremonies. They are then tallied over the course of a trimester and recognized during school assemblies. At the end of the year, a House Champion is announced, and the winning house is awarded a House Cup.