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Our school culture is steeped in history and tradition.


Our school’s motto, "Bene Provisa Principia Ponantur," translated freely means “Let Foundations Be Well Planned”. It goes to the heart of everything we do, from our solid academic curriculum to our comprehensive competitive and recreational athletic program to our many creative and fulfilling co-curricular activities. We pledge to ensure that the moral and intellectual development of our students and community is based on values of community, service, harmony, equality and simplicity.

School Crest

The Pickering College logo was developed in 1892 and serves as a daily reminder of our heritage and our values. Its key elements include a book, a lamp and the Latin phrase "Bene Provisa Principia Ponantur". Translated, the phrase means "Let Foundations Be Well Planned" and speaks to the quality of the Pickering College experience as a solid foundation on which to build one's future. The book represents content of academic learning and is illuminated by the lamp, another classic symbol of learning.

Morning Meetings

Morning Meetings

One of the defining qualities of Pickering College is Morning Meeting. It is a time to gather in the collective spirit of community to celebrate our accomplishments, to share our common challenges, to raise questions about our responsibilities and to inspire our actions. Some days the meeting is simple and quiet; some days are epiphanies – where the very soul of our school and our aspirations soar.

Morning Meeting has several purposes: attendance for the day is taken, announcements are made by staff and students, and readings and reflections are shared with the school community.

These meetings are led by the Headmaster, the Assistant Head of School, Academics and by our students themselves.

School Hymn

School Hymn

An important source of Pickering College’s spirit and pride as a school community is the school hymn. Learning and singing the school hymn, “Jerusalem,” by William Blake helps to bring us together spiritually. Hearing our voices raised together in singing this hymn is always an amazing moment in our school life.


And did those feet in ancient time

Walk upon earthly mountains green?

And was the Holy Lamb of God

Amid these pleasant pastures seen?

And did the countenance divine

Shine forth upon our clouded hills?

And was Jerusalem builded here

Among these dark Satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!

Bring me my arrows of desire!

Bring me my spear! O clouds unfold!

Bring me my Chariot of Fire!

I will not cease from mental fight;

Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand

Till we have built Jerusalem

In this our green and pleasant land.

- William Blake

School Code

School Code

Pickering Students Respect the Ideal of Freedom They understand that the exercise of personal freedom is limited by the freedom of all other members of the group. The rights of personal freedom and choice must always be used to promote the best interests of the school as a whole.

Pickering Students are Cooperative They are always willing to cooperate with others in any way that improves school life. This cooperation enables staff and students to work together towards a happy and beloved community.

Pickering Students are Tolerant They welcome all races and creeds to their community, accepting every person as an individual and judging each one on their individual merits. They respect the opinions of others and cheerfully abide by the will of the majority when a decision has been reached.

Pickering Students are Loyal They are loyal to their school, home and country - but, above all, are loyal to their highest ideals.

Pickering Students are Ambitious They are ambitious to develop their best capacities - mental, moral, spiritual and physical. They recognize the value of knowledge and strive to attain maximum scholastic achievement so that, when the opportunity arises, each may make some worthy contribution to human welfare.

Pickering Students are Independent They neither ask for nor expect special favours. Each one endeavours at all times to earn a place as a “free citizen in a free society” by the individual contribution made to the common welfare. Independence of thought or action is never exercised to the detriment of any fellow student nor to the school as a whole.

Pickering Students are Courteous They know and respect the customs of polite society, showing by courtesy an appreciation of the feelings of others. Each one takes an active interest in all efforts to alleviate human suffering and to promote human happiness.

Pickering Students are Honourable They endeavour at all times to fulfill promises and to induce in others a similar respect for truth as the basis of satisfactory human relationships.

Pickering Students Uphold High Athletic Ideals They play a game to win but respect opponents and always play fairly and cleanly. Each player is willing to subordinate self and personal desires to achieve the success of the team. All are loyal to the coach and cheerfully follow instructions laid down for team guidance.

Pickering Students Belong to a Community They belong to a community which includes those who have gone before, those who are now present associates and those who will follow after. We endeavour in all ways to transmit this community “not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us”.

The Four Pillars

The Four Pillars

Pickering College’s four pillars are our threshold. They symbolize different things for different members of our community. Over the years they have come to symbolize the message in our mission statement. They evoke images of strength, tradition, endurance and simplicity in their design and beauty. For those who come to know our community, they become an expression of all that is important to our school and are so aptly named Faith, Freedom, Friendship and Fun.

For all of us, The Pillars are the gates we pass through when we enter this school and as we set off to make a difference in the world. They remind us of the spirit of each of those who has gone before.

Faith - we must have faith in our students and our friends, faith in the school, and the opportunity to develop a deeper, richer faith in the perfectibility of the human spirit.

Freedom - to speak our minds, freedom to pursue the right path, and freedom to take risks to make each of us better citizens.

Friendship - which is at the heart of establishing our beloved community.

Fun - which we must always remember to encourage and seek out every day.

If we let these be our guide to achieve our goals each day, we can make a profound contribution to our school and to our community.

School Cheer

School Cheer

A Nick a Nack

A Hop a tack

A Hulla Genoo

Genee Genack

A Rip a Rap

Rah! Rah! Rah! Pickering


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