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I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul

The Source of our Inspiration

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

The name ‘Invictus’ is carefully chosen; the dictionary tells us that it means ‘indomitable or unconquerable’ and this is the spirit we want to grow in our schools and students. ‘Invictus’ may be best known as the title of a poem by W E Henley.
​ There are a couple of phrases that particularly call to what we are trying to do: Bloodied but unbowed’ – almost all parents will know what it is to be knocked back, to face adversity, to be ‘bloodied’. The real virtue is to come back ‘unbowed’. Similarly, the final lines ‘I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul’: this illustrates rather forcefully the resilience, independence and confidence that we want for our students.