History the Crest
The Lion represents the Church of England (the Anglican Church) under whose aegis the school falls. In the British tradition, the Lion represents “Nobility, Extreme Courage, Strength, and Generosity” (William S. Sloane-Evans, Grammar of British Heraldry, 1854). The Lion is identified by stance as “passant gardant” which in heraldic terms depicts resoultion and prudence. The golden lion had been a symbol of royalty in England since the 12th Century.
The three birds are derived from the official arms of the Beckford family, from which Peter Beckford is descended. Orignally, the description of the Beckford Arms speaks of three “martlets,” defined in heraldry as: “The martlet, from its great length of wing, its rapid movements through the air, and extremely short legs, which scarcely allow of its rising from the ground should it alight thereon, has been considered as a fit emblem of that unremitted diligence and activity with which a knight-errant must at all times pursue the duties of his arduous undertaking” (Display of Heraldry, William Newton, 1846). The martlet is a type of martin, or swallow, and somehow over time the images seem to have evolved into doves.
Simply put, the shield of the school depicts the golden lion of England, and three birds, depicting Nobility, Extreme Courage, Strength, and Generosity coupled with Resoultion and Prudence, Diligence and Activity.
The Banner displays the motto “Labor Omnia Vincit” - meaning (literally) "Labour Conquers All", or more simply with hard work, everything can be achieved (or overcome).
The offical colour rendering for the crests are:
GREEN- RGB: 00, 174, 00; HEX: 00AD00; CMYK: 80.78, 1.57, 100, 0
GOLD- RGB: 223, 192, 43; HEX: CFC02B; CMYK: 14.51, 20.39, 98.04, 0
TEXT OF MOTTO IN BLACK - ARIAL BLACK, REGULAR
History and Design Composite by Lenworth A. Wallace, Past Student.