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Our school motto "LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE" (LUX TUA FULGEAT) is based on the Gospel of St Matthew 5: 14-17.
"You are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of others, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven".
It is a motto that permeates every aspect of our daily school life. It encourages all of us to gratefully acknowledge the many gifts that God has entrusted to us and challenges us to use those gifts to their full potential. It also urges us to assist and encourage the rest of the school community to also let their gifts shine out for all to see.
Mary has been likened to a star. She radiates the light of Christ to others. We too, as a Catholic school community under her patronage, strive to reflect her spirit to those around us.
Our school emblem depicts a star emanating rays of light. Our motto and emblem go hand in hand to give a visual representation of the mission to our school community to show forth the light of Jesus Christ to the world. By virtue of our Baptism and the life of the Spirit within us, the witness of love and service becomes possible.
A refresh of our traditional logo took place in 2019. We still have a star that radiates light just as we should. The Let Your Light Shine motto features within the logo, along with the date our school was established – 1902 – which reminds us of the wonderful history attached to our school.
In the very centre of our logo are the letters A and M which stand for Ave Maria. Ave Maria are the Latin words for Hail Mary and this symbol acknowledges the long standing contribution of the Mercy and Marists at Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School Gladstone. It also reminds us that Mary is our school’s namesake and she gives us the perfect example of how to shine our lights and Make Jesus Real in our lives.