College Name & Emblem


The naming of the College underwent a process of discernment and negotiation; following the process Bishop James accepted the recommendation of Holy Spirit College. The name reflects the mission of the school. The college is developing as a positive, supportive place for young people to re-engage in education. It is a safe place where staff build right relationships and work compassionately with young people and their families. It is also part of the wider Diocesan mission of working with and for all people. Pope Francis said that ‘True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need’. This venture is one of courage and one of great hope. Holy Spirit College provides an opportunity for disconnected young people to engage in a life changing journey within a Catholic environment. The school is responding to this call from Pope Francis in working with students experiencing marginalisation and it is envisaged that the name reflect this uniqueness.

'I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit who reveals the truth about God.' (John 14, 16 – 17)

'But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power and you will be witnesses for me …to the ends of the earth.' (Acts 1:8)



The College emblem is that of a dove with fiery wings; this is a combination of two powerful symbols of the Holy Spirit. 
The dove is an emblem of purity and innocence (Matthew 10:16), the form of the dove was assumed on this occasion to signify that the Spirit with which Jesus would be endowed would be one of purity and innocence. Another symbol involving the dove comes from the account of the Flood and Noah’s ark in Genesis 6:8. When the earth had been covered with water for some time, Noah wanted to check to see if there was dry land anywhere, so he sent out a dove which came back with an olive branch in her beak (Genesis 8:11).

Symbolically, the story of the dove tells us that God declared peace with mankind after the Flood purged the earth of its wickedness. The dove represented His Spirit bringing the good news of reconciliation with God. In Luke 3:22 at Jesus’ baptism it is described “And the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily shape, like a dove on Him.” It is significant that the Holy Spirit was pictured as a dove at Jesus’ baptism, thereby again symbolizing peace with God.

The Holy Spirit, when assuming a visible form, adopts that which will be symbolic of the thing to be represented. At Pentecost, He assumed the form of “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:3) to signify the miraculous powers of language with which the apostles would be endowed and the power of their message. In the same way, His appearance as the dove symbolizes the gentle Saviour bringing peace to mankind through His sacrifice.