Form 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
Each 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.