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 throughout their time at the MET.
Our school houses are named after important historical chiefs of Panama’s indigenous tribes. Each house has its own colors which students proudly display during inter-house competitions.
House of Urracá
Named after Ngabe chieftain or cacique from what is currently 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 on to lead the 1925 Guna Revolution in defense of the preservation of his tribe’s traditions and customs which resulted in a peace treaty - the first step towards developing laws that would establish an autonomous status for the Gunas, to recover their land 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 in his honor, 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, where he 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.
House Color: Green