School motto and crest

Our original school crest drawn in 1935

From the beginning our school motto has been structa saxo, built on a rock. It comes from the words Jesus said to St Peter: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). At St Peter’s we aim to give all our students a solid foundation for life, educating body, mind and spirit, so that they can enter life after St Peter’s with confidence in themselves and their values.

Our school crest symbolises what a St Peter’s education is all about. It was created by Mr Broadhurst and Mr Beaufort, a founding staff member and the first chaplain. It features an owl with keys in its beak and the St Peter’s motto beneath.

The owl is a traditional symbol of wisdom. Wisdom is a virtue and a disposition of character, equipping a person for life (Proverbs 3:15-17). It is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.

The keys represent the ‘keys of the kingdom’ which were given by Jesus to St Peter (Matthew 16:19) when Peter recognised Jesus as God’s Saviour for the world. ‘The kingdom’ means God’s transformation of the individual, the community, and all of creation.

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