In chivalry, the shield represents protection against the weapons of the enemy. Knights on horseback would carry shields with their distinctive coat of arms. In a school founded upon the Christian philosophy, it protects us from wrong doing, hurting others, denying our Christian heritage, being untrue to ourselves and subscribing to false standards.
The cross is the fundamental symbol of Christianity and is used to separate the four different sections of the shield – symbolic of the spiritual, physical, social and intellectual programmes within the School.
Colours, called ‘tinctures’, are used in heraldry. As knights were decorating their shields in the days when the kings of England had estates in France, and Norman-French was the language spoken at Court, the colours were called by old French names; gules, azure, argent and or.
The colour red (gules) is symbolic of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and is also used to represent our English heritage. The standard of St George was one of the few embellishments that John Wollaston brought to his parishes of Picton and Albany.
The colour blue (azure) is symbolic of loyalty and splendour; it represents the Canning River and its tributaries.
The colour white (argent) is symbolic of serenity and nobility; it represents the colour of the books and seats of knowledge.
The colour gold (or) denotes generosity and perseverance.
The three interwoven fields represent both our picturesque sites – originally Melody Farm – and the interwoven strength of our school – the students, parents and staff.
The mitre, the symbol of a Bishop or Archbishop, adorns the crest, as the School is an integral part of the body of the Diocese of Perth.