Middle and Upper School Honor Chapel took place via live stream on September 9th, setting the tone for students to progress through the school year and through life in a matter that’s honest and true to themselves. All students and faculty members present must sign the CCES Honor Code each year, which reads;
“As a member of the Christ Church Episcopal School community, I will not lie, cheat, or steal, and I will assume my obligation to encourage others to uphold this Honor Code.”
The Honor Code is the cornerstone of an education at CCES. It sets the rules and ethical principles that define all school interactions. Signing the Honor Code is tangible evidence that the students can be trusted to act honorably— a promise to themselves, their teachers, coaches, and friends. Those who are in violation of the Honor Code can be subject to various sanctions.
Alex Wess ‘21 , Chair of the Honor Council delivered the homily saying, “our Honor Code does not only protect the high academic honesty we have here at Christ Church, it also plays a major role in our community.”
“I am going to start off by saying something that you have heard many times in the past few weeks from our Head of School, Mr. Padilla, our Chaplain, Father Wallace, and even our student body president, Mac Sanders. Even though we are going through a tough time, the richness and vibrancy of our community is increasingly important. You might be thinking why me, the Chair of the Honor Council, is talking about our community. Well, our Honor Code does not only protect the high academic honesty we have here at Christ Church, it also plays a major role in our community.
"We feel comfortable leaving our possessions around campus because we know that our community does not steal. We are able to put our trust in each other because we know our community does not lie. We constantly strive for high academic achievement because we know our community does not cheat. I respect the Honor Code, because through it I can be proud of the community it is centered in. However, the Honor Code does not create this community, it is you all who elevate this community to be better.
"I would like to continue to be proud of this community through this tough time, and hopefully each one of you is able to take pride in your contributions to it as well. With that said, as you sign the honor code today remember that it does not only encompass academic honesty, but it is a tool, always at your disposal, that you are able to use in order to continue to take pride in our Cavalier family.”
This year’s Honor Council members are Mollie Folk ’21, Zoe Gandis ’21, Ellie Bethel ’22, Chris Cataland ’22, Dasia Yearby ’22, Thomas Clark ’23, and Emory Allen ’23.
Many thanks to all of our students and faculty members who help to create a strong school community by pledging to choose the “harder right over the easier wrong”.