USP Parents - Student Handbook

SECTION 5: SPIRIT AND SCHOOL CULTURE

5.01 Sapere Aude

Latin phrase meaning “Dare to know”; and also, loosely translated as “Dare to know things”, or even more loosely as “Dare to be wise”.

Originally used in the First Book of Letters (20 BC), by the Roman poet Horace, the phrase Sapere aude became associated with the Age of Enlightenment. The Enlightenment was a European cultural and intellectual movement (especially in France and England) that developed from the late seventeenth century until the beginning of the French Revolution.

Enlightenment thinkers held that human reason could combat ignorance, superstition, and tyranny to build a better world. The Enlightenment had a great influence on the economic, political, and social aspects of the time.

5.02 Alpha, The Grizzly Bear

ALPHA is our school mascot!

He is strong, caring, courageous and a natural leader. Fun-loving, charismatic, and somewhat of a jokester, he reminds us all to work hard and play hard with enthusiasm and a “never give up” attitude.

ALPHA is a team player, compassionate and graceful in both victory and defeat. We win as a team. We learn as a team. He is fair, honest and attentive to the needs of others, like a loving older brother.

We are thrilled to have him as the embodiment of our school’s values and principles.

United we are.

United we come.

United we stand.