Loyola Crest & Motto
The Loyola crest is the ancient heraldic crest of Ignatius’ family. Ignatius descended from the Onaz and Loyola families, represented on the left and right sides of the crest respectively. The set of seven red bands on the field of gold was conferred on the Onaz family by King Alfonso XI of Castile in reward for the heroism, loyalty, bravery and dedicated commitment shown by seven brothers in the Battle of Beotibar on 19 September 1324. This battle saw the defeat of a vast, numerically stronger army, by a much smaller force.
The Loyolas are represented by a black pot or kettle suspended by a chain and set between two rising wolves against a silver/white background. The kettle suggests a domestic theme of hospitality and feasting and the presence of the wolves suggests that even after banqueting, there was always something left over for the ravenous wolves. The word ‘Loyola’ itself is derived from the Basque word ‘loi’ meaning loam or muddy soil; ‘ol’ is a suffix meaning abundance or profusion, and ‘a’ is the definite article. Together, ‘Loyola’ suggests an area of land that is abundantly fertile.
Loyola Senior High School, then, is a place that celebrates courage, fidelity, service, generosity and hospitality. These are precious virtues growing often in the face of considerable adversity and overwhelming odds. It is in a rich and fertile school climate and environment that these virtues are to flourish and accompanying talents be developed. These virtues and opportunities to develop talents are extended to all who are receptive to them.
The colours adopted by the school – red, yellow and black – have both an historical and contemporary significance. Red and yellow are the colours in the arms of the Loyola Family. It is appropriate to then to incorporate them in to the crest of a school, which bears that name. By joining them with black, we acknowledge the heritage, culture and spirituality of the First Australians whose history in this region, as the Dharug People – the people who live between the sea the mountains – has been a proud yet oft-times tragic one. A recurring theme in the writings of Saint Ignatius is that God is to be sought and found in all things. For Ignatius, God is Creator and Lord, the one reality that is absolute.
Finding God in All Things
The particular spirituality, then, that we offer and cultivate here at Loyola Senior High is proclaimed in our motto: “Finding God in All Things”. If our Ignatian educational philosophy embraces the whole person, then our spirituality embraces the whole world. We do not impose a spirituality on the world, but we try to discern God’s presence already active in our world. God’s presence is all pervasive so that God may be encountered not only on Sundays, but also on weekdays and in all the experiences and events of those days; not only in religious ritual and icons, but also in the faces of our sisters and brothers; not only in the chapel, but also in the classroom; and not only in the pastoral, but also in the academic and across the entire curriculum. God is to be found in all our learning and living, in ourselves, and in the other.