St Benedict is known as a gentle, dignified, strong, peace-loving man, who by the subtle power of empathy became the centre of the lives and interests of all about him.
Benedictine spirituality is the foundation of our meditation prayer life which all Catholic schools across the Diocese follow. St Benedict shows us the way of community and is known as the father of the modern monasteries. With his focus on unity and fraternity, he brought together groups of monks into cohesive communities, sharing prayer and reflection.
God in all of life
The core values in Benedictine spirituality are stability, obedience (to God), personal transformation, humility, and hospitality, care of the ill, living a lifestyle of love centred in Christ and listening for God in all of life.(1)
The logo of St Benedict’s Catholic School contains images, incorporating elements from both inside and outside of the Catholic tradition.
The book and the cross images highlight the most popularly reproduced symbols on the St Benedict’s medal. Images produced over the ages depict St Benedict holding a scroll or book in one hand and a staff which ended in a cross, representative of Christ, in the other.
The book symbolised Benedict's main achievement, his "Rule of Saint Benedict"(1), prepared for his monks. It has a unique spirit of balance, moderation and reasonableness which persuaded most religious communities founded throughout the Middle Ages to adopt it. As a result, his Rule became one of the most influential religious rules in western Christendom. (2)
The open book is also a powerful symbol depicting the Christian bible, and our learning environment.
The cross, is an important symbol for Christianity and is positioned in the centre of the logo to represent the centrality of Christ in who we are and in all that we do and is a key link to our motto - "God in all of Life”.
The sun is first mentioned in the bible along with the moon as the two great luminaries of heaven (Genesis 1:14-18). By their motions and influence they were intended to mark and divide times and seasons(3). External to our faith, the sun is a symbol of our north Queensland lifestyle, and introduces the concept of life, which is a powerful image for creative interpretation.
The image within the book has been created by Wulgurukaba-Bindal artist, Gavin Kum-Sing and represents a meeting place. The waves represent water and life, the circles are the campfires of the meeting place and the crescents surrounding the circles are groups of people to symbolise community.
The integrated images set the standard for how our students will learn; engaged in a variety of learning opportunities that bring true meaning to their understanding and to their overall school experience. The images provide a key connection between our faith, the creation story, our many communities of the school, Indigenous tradition and our beautiful location.