Scoil Sheosaimh Naofa – Our School Crest
Explanation of wording and Symbolism Used:
The school crest of Scoil Sheosaimh Naofa is symbolic of the core beliefs and values that we have established as a school community and takes the form of a Shield. A shield is a symbol which represents defence or protection. The three points of the shield represent the Holy Trinity- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Within the shield one finds the flavour of Scoil Sheosaimh Naofa.
Our motto ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile’ which was adopted by the school, is derived from an old Irish proverb meaning ‘There is strength in unity’. Unity is imperative in any school setting and here in Scoil Sheosaimh Naofa we fully embrace this ideal. In today’s educational, social and cultural context such traditional values remain as steadfast and meaningful as ever.
The background colours used in our crest is also that of our school colours – Royal Blue and sky blue symbolising truth and loyalty.
In the first section of our crest you will find a football, an open book and musical notation, symbolising just some of the curricular work that we excel at here in Scoil Sheosaimh Naofa. Our school aims to provide a stable and happy learning environment for all of our pupils. In our school our pupils benefit from a full, stimulating, enriching and holistic education that will stand to the boys and girls in good stead throughout their lives.
With Scoil Sheosaimh Naofa being the official name of the school we feel it is appropriate that St. Joseph would feature on the crest. St. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers, workers, and families. He has always been regarded as being a compassionate, caring and hard-working man and he has always been regarded as the family protector. The lily he is holding symbolises virtue, innocence, hope and life.
The image is of children at play, forming an unbroken circle reflects community spirit that is found at Scoil Sheosaimh Naofa. It also represents friendships, co-operations, and inclusion which are central to our school life. We endeavour to promote good working relationships based on open communication between pupils, management and the wider community with which we interact.
Finally the sheaf of wheat also has a symbolic meaning ‘The harvest of one’s hopes has been secured’. Here in Scoil Sheosaimh Naofa we cherish the aspirations of our pupils. This represents our belief that with consistent encouragement, guidance and care we hope to secure the aspirations of the pupils and their parents
Many thanks to all the children who were involved in helping to design our school crest which truly represents the essential spirit and ethos of our school.