Sacred Heart College is committed to the retention of the values and vision of its foundresses. It is hoped that in the Catholic atmosphere of the College virtue and knowledge, as represented by the V.K. of the College monogram, will become an integral part of each student's life.
The College is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart symbolises the great love of Christ for his father and for all peoples. The letters S and H on the monogram reminds us of the Christian faith we strive to live out in our community and the shield is symbolic of our efforts to hold onto Christian principles. The palm branches represent the victory over self and the courage we need to uphold our principles. The crown is a reminder of the rewards to be gained by doing good for the sake of goodness itself. It also symbolises Christ's kingship.
Motto: Virtue and Knowledge
Virtue: the 7 virtues are faith, hope and charity, (the “theological virtues”), justice, fortitude, prudence and temperance, (the "cardinal virtues"). These are the virtues that Catholic moral philosophy draws on and we hope staff and students live by.
Knowledge: acquiring knowledge in each of the subjects we teach is our immediate objective, but all round knowledge is our long term goal. Knowledge from a Catholic perspective can be summed up by the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence and fear of the Lord (awe).
Represents Christ's kingship, but also Mary Queen of Heaven (Regina Coeli). It represents eternal life in a realm we cannot comprehend.
The Laurel leaves
These represent “success”. This could come in many forms – sporting, academic, cultural, spiritual, or even personal growth.
The Sacred Heart
The essence of Jesus: his love, his suffering, his generosity. It represents his death and passion and indirectly the institution of the Eucharist: the great meal and "Thank you" gift we share together.
The scarlet of martyrdom, the colour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the blood of martyrdom and the fire of Pentecost when the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to us.
Symbol of purity “Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51 – 7). It represents holiness, joy and love. It also represents Hine purotu – Our Lady, the Mother of God.
It symbolises mourning and brings to mind the death of Jesus but it also represents the ashes we wear on Ash Wednesday that represent a new beginning for us in Lent as we “return to the gospels.” It also represents mother earth.
Whero, Ma, Pango: The colours of strength for the Māori people.
King Tawhiao once said that three colours pass through the eye of the needle – black, white and red. Kotahi te kōhao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro ma, te miro pango, me to miro whero. It was a prophetic statement about education and “Kotahitanga” or togetherness. It can be interpreted as being about achieving goals through a unity of purpose. It is also an eloquent plea for harmony and understanding. You can also interpret it as meaning that we need unity but with room for diversity as well. It alludes to the strength of the woven tukutuku. Individual threads are weak but woven together they have strength. (A precis from L.A. Prendergast, February 2013.)