The College Crests
From Remembrance Drive: Black - from the Coal Industry;
Green and White - from the White Waratah.
There are Three Words:
For Christ's Glory: The College seeks to reach the people of the Wollondilly Shire with the good news of Jesus Christ - John 17:5 And now Father, glorify me in your presence with the Glory I had with you before the World began.
Excellence: 3 White Waratahs - A local rare Australian native flower: God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) has set a pattern of excellence in the beauty of creation - Luke 12:27 Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.
Endurance: The Shield - A symbol of strength, protection and endurance amongst enemies, both seen and unseen - Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the Devil's schemes.
Eternity: The Cross - A reminder of Jesus Christ's sacrifice to secure our eternity with God and a reminder of His Commission to all Christians to spread the news that there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved - Mark 8:34 If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
The House Crests
There are nearly one thousand species of the acacia plant that are native to Australia. The most famous example is the wattle. Many species have a subtle fragrance and bloom from late winter into the spring. The national colours of green and gold worn by Australian sporting teams are based on the green leaves and gold flowers of the acacia (Wattle). It is also the official Australian floral emblem.
The genus grevillea are the most popular and widely grown Australian plants. They attract a variety of Australian birds due to their colourful displays of flowers. There are over three hundred species of grevillea, most of which are native to Australia. Flowers are very small and occur in clusters called an inflorescence.
Blue native Australian flowers are not common. The Sollya, or Western Australian Bluebell is an evergreen climbing plant. The flowers are shaped like little bells approximately one to two centimetres long. Sollyas grow to a height of two metres and are found predominantly in the south western part of Western Australia. The plant is named after the naturalist, R.H Solly.
The most famous example of the genus Telopea is the Red Waratah. It is the floral symbol of New South Wales and is proudly worn by the NSW Rugby team. It is a spectacular garden plant which attracts a multitude of native birds. The flower is actually a conflorescence, made up of around ten to two hundred and fifty individual flowers. (The Wirrimbirra White Waratah is also a member of the genus Telopea)
Like the white waratah, the Wollemi Pine is a very rare Australian plant. It was discovered in the Wollemi National Park at the bottom of a deep gorge in the early Nineteen Nineties. Fossil comparisons indicate that the pine tree was around during the time of the dinosaurs. It is so rare that its location in the national park is a closely guarded government secret.