Our Motto and Values

On St James’ Day 1926, Archdeacon Johnston preached to the School from Matthew 20:22: “Are ye able to drink of the cup I shall drink of, and to be baptised with the baptism I shall be baptised with? They said unto Him, We are able!”

After the service everyone seemed to feel the School had found a motto:  “Possumus – We are able”.

Shortly before her death in 1955, Principal and Founder Miss FitzGerald wrote: “Any school which adopts this motto is undertaking more than it knows and is destined to a harder testing than it ever thought of… Chilton Saint James School has already been severely tested in its faithfulness to this declaration and will undoubtedly be tested further. May the grit and courage of its children rise towards this unattainable standard of greatness.”

The Chilton motto aligns with Christian values which underpin the expectation of student behaviour and how they treat others.

What are the Chilton values?

  • Moral courage
  • Respect for self and others
  • Love
  • Compassion
  • Honesty
  • Integrity

“Possumus We are able”