College Crest and Symbol

Crest

In the top left hand corner of our badge, there is an image of a book. This book, the book of wisdom, symbolizes our quest for knowledge and understanding, for peace and serenity, for courage and pride. The Alpha and Omega tells us that our beginning and end is God, and that we owe all to Him.

The Southern Cross on our badge reminds us that as Australians we should be proud of our country, our freedom, our people and everything we have.

The Blue and White, Our Lady's colours, recall the traditional devotion of all Brothers' schools to God's mother.

The predominant feature of our badge is the Cross. Just as the Cross is the centre of our badge, so is the Cross the centre of our life. This Cross does not carry the image of Christ's Body, for we believe that Christ has risen and this Cross then is the sign of our hope to join the risen Christ after a fruitful life on earth.

The two blank spaces represent those parts of our lives not yet fulfilled. We pray that what we are to accomplish, with the school's help, will honour the badge, ourselves, the Church and Our God.

The motto of the College is SEEK TRUTH, understood in all its aspects and particularly that divine Truth which surpasses human understanding and has the power to make us truly free.


Symbol

The Phoenix is a mythical eagle. Only one of these eagles could exist at a time and periodically this eagle would return to the flames to be reborn. From the ashes would arise the mighty Phoenix, vital and invincible.

The Phoenix symbolizes our belief in the resurrection and eternal life. Like the Phoenix, the ideals and faith on which the College is founded cannot be destroyed, and are unable to be harmed by any man. Each span of the Phoenix was over 100,000 years.

The Phoenix was used as a symbol by many ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Egyptians and Romans. The Romans used it to represent the strength of Rome, the Egyptians saw in it the Sun God, Ra. The early Christians saw it as representing the Risen Lord.

The Phoenix represents for us the undying spirit of Ignatius Park and the Christian tradition to which we belong, as echoed in the Brothers' history through the centuries and throughout the seven decades here in Townsville. The choice of symbol stems from the name "Ignatius" which is derived from the Latin words 'Ignis' - (Fire) and 'Natus' (born of).

It is appropriate to reflect that the name Ignatius also refers to Br. Edmund Ignatius Rice who was the Founder of the Christian Brothers, a man inspired by the divine fire to begin his noble work.

Since the beginnings of recorded history, Truth has often been symbolized as a burning, purifying flame. Hence the name Ignatius Park and the motto "SEEK TRUTH" may both be captured in the symbol of the Phoenix rising from the flames.

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