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The school’s Latin motto is Virtus Cum Scientia which in English means Character through Knowledge.

These words are taken from the New Testament book of 2 Peter verses 5-8.

2 Peter 1:5-8 (New International Version)

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In this passage Peter explains how true character, the qualities referred to in verses six and seven, is built upon knowledge and how true knowledge is the knowledge of Jesus.

Alongside the School Anthem the motto testifies to the Christian ethos of Cookstown High School.

School Anthem

Lead me Lord, lead me in Thy righteousness,
Make Thy way plain before my face;
For it is Thou, Lord; Thou, Lord, only,
That makest me dwell in safety.

The anthem of Cookstown High School points to and is firmly rooted in the school’s Christian ethos. Our anthem does not heap praise on the school or the achievements of past pupils. It is a simple hymn asking for God’s leadership in our lives and acknowledges that it is only through His leadership that we can live truly happy, fulfilled lives.

The anthem is sung on important or official occasions such as the annual Prize Day.

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