Disce aut discede
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The Royal College, Colombo in Sri Lanka also uses the motto. The author and the date that the motto was adopted by the Royal are unknown. The first mention of the motto was during the tenure of Principal Todd (1871–1878) who constantly reminded dullards that they must learn or go. Since then the motto is associated with the school's high educational standard.
It is also the motto of Gosfield Independent School in Essex, England, and the variation "Aut Disce, Aut Discede" ("Either Learn or Leave") is the motto of Hutton Grammar School in Preston, Lancashire. It was also for many years the motto of Middlesbrough High School.
"Disce aut Discede" is also the motto of Cornwall College in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
An old painting at Winchester College contains an expanded version in the form of a hexameter: "Aut disce, aut discede; manet sors tertia, caedi" ("Either learn or leave: there remains a third fate, being beaten", or more vulgarly "learn, leave or be licked".) "Aut disce" is surmounted by a bishop's mitre; "aut discede" by a sword and an inkpot, to denote secular professions; the last part of the verse by a rod.
"Aut disce aut discede" appears as the motto of the fictitious Roosevelt High School, which April O'Neal attends in the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series.