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2016 Form I Honor Code Presentation

Honor Code

honor codeForm I presented their signed Honor Code to Headmaster Father Gregory at the all-school prayer assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

During an advisory meeting last week and at a seminar meeting, the Priory Junior School boys discussed the importance of the Honor Code and the Code of Respect, a document which confirms our definition of honor and our willingness to live lives of virtue, respect, caring and service. After their discussions, the Form I boys (as have the other five Forms in the School before them for a number of years now) signed that code. Their signatures underscore their acceptance of the charge to be young men of honor and respect here at School, at home, in the community, and in our world.

Father Gregory addressed the Form I students directly, asking them to affirm their commitment to the Honor Code. He then spoke to the other students, faculty and staff, and asked them to recommit themselves to the Honor Code while helping their new classmates and students live with integrity every day. Wyatt Lewis, Carson Blake, James Wong, and Matthew Roxas represented their classes and presented the Honor Code to Father Gregory. The Code has been hung in the Junior School, and will move to the High School when these students become Freshmen.

Saint Louis Priory School Honor Code

honor codeEach student at Priory is expected to show both honor and integrity in all aspects of his life. These virtues take time to develop and require an effort on each student’s part to be respectful towards persons and property - in thought, word, and action - and to be truthful in speech and writing. An individual’s practice of this gives him the foundation for a character which is honest and God-fearing.

A student’s honesty about himself and honesty in his relationships with others are the basic values on which Priory rests. This community depends on each person’s honesty if it is to develop a sense of trust and openness. A Priory student makes a commitment to honest behavior in all areas of school, formal and informal, curricular and extracurricular. The school Disciplinary Code emphasizes the importance of each person’s attitude in the area of honesty, and imposes the more serious sanctions when it is poor. Thus, any disrespect in speech or behavior to any other person is unacceptable.

It is important to note that the following are considered to be direct violations of the Honor Code: cheating, lying, stealing, plagiarism, and copying of homework. Students who allow other students to borrow their homework are violating the Honor Code in the same manner as those who are copying the homework. Collaborative work initiated by the teacher, on the other hand, is acceptable but students need to follow the specific teacher’s instructions in this matter.

Our Honor Code encompasses much more than one’s personal behavior and extends to communal responsibility. Any student who actively helps someone to violate the Honor Code, or who passively accepts violations in his presence, is, in principle, also guilty of violating the Honor Code.

We are all familiar with the words of Jesus: “a good tree is known by its fruits.” We know that we are called individually and collectively, to be good stewards of the Lord’s creation. This means that we have a deep responsibility to show respect to all people and for all material things. One of the signs of a maturing person is his or her ability to be respectful consistently. We all have good days and bad days yet we are called to transcend our moods and to be respectful in word and deed at all times.

We show our respect both in the way that we present ourselves and in the way we treat others. One shows respect for oneself by good deportment and bearing, and by politeness of speech. This latter also expresses respect for others as do gestures of courtesy and good manners. Any form of disputation with faculty or coaches is to be avoided at all times. Books and other academic materials are handled and treated with care. Property belonging to others is left in, or returned to, its proper place.

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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