Integer Vitae

Elmhurst School for Boys

5th March 2012

Ask your son the meaning of the word ‘integrity’ this evening and (I hope!) he may be able to give you a coherent answer…

This morning I told the boys that in assembly they would hear a song, watch a race and learn a Latin word.

The song was ‘Simple Gifts’ – an American traditional song about having a simple, honest heart. The race? Well, I staged a little race for three boys, but told one to cheat. From that very funny example, we talked about the need for honesty in sport and in everything we do.

And the Latin word: ‘integer’. An integer in Maths is a whole number – a pure, simple number. Someone who is ‘integer vitae’ is a person who has a pure an honest personality. Hence the word ‘integrity’.

So this morning’s theme of integrity continued our focus on the Olympic Values – very appropriate since we are an Olympic School. Integrity is essential in sport, because cheating is the exact opposite of what we understand by ‘fair play’.

As you will know from Mr South’s news page, the Elmhurst boys have been extremely busy over the past week and a huge credit to themselves, their parents and their school. It is especially pleasing to know that integrity is at the heart of all they do.

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