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It is a privilege to be a part of the
Bennies community and to have
been invited to design the logo in
celebration of its Jubilee celebrations.
Bennies is not just a school to many
of us; it is a place where we first met
our treasured friends, were inspired by
mentors and discovered the visions we
have for our futures. This Jubilee logo
attempts to incorporate these ideas
to what make Bennies such a special
place for its students, alumni and staff
– past and present.
The triangular composition of the
Jubilee logo harks back to the symbol
of the Father, the Son and the Holy
Spirit of the Catholic faith. The dove
carrying the branch has traditionally
been associated with the story of Noah,
as well as God’s promise of hope and
salvation for responsible stewards of
the earth.
This Jubilee logo draws on the rich
history of these symbols to highlight
the Benedictine values and vision of the
College. The dove symbolises peace.
The flickering flame symbolises the
Holy Spirit that calls us to be generous
to those in need. The springy branch
of gum nuts symbolises the College’s
commitment to conservation of the
rare blue gum forest and serves as
a key reminder to the principles of
stewardship. The dove emerging out
of the flame also evokes the image
of the phoenix, a mythical bird that
symbolises death and rebirth.
These imageries give voice to the
College’s 50 years history of nurturing
and educating young women. When
you take it all together, it is not hard
to see what a special place Bennies is
and will continue to be in the hearts of
the young women it nurtured – past,
present and future.
Irene Mok, Class of 2009
The MSB Jubilee Identity
Artist Statement – Jubilee Logo Inspirations
This design recognises our
indigenous heritage through the
use of the image of the rainbow
serpent. This image is overlayed
with motifs which capture aspects
of our environment such as
the leaves and gum nuts of our
Blue Gum High Forest and the
droplets of water representing our
Courtyard of Peace. These images
transition throughout the design to
introduce the traditional Christian
symbols of the fish, the cross, the
dove and the flame.
This design echoes the
stained glass window effect from
our College Chapel and blends this
with themes from our Blue Gum
High Forest and our Courtyard
of Peace. As these images rise
through the banner they are
gradually transformed into images
of the Holy Spirit culminating in
the symbol of Eucharist layered
across the image of the globe
in elevated hands cupped in the
shape of a bowl.
This banner design draws
strongly on motifs of our natural
environment with the gum nuts
and leaves of our Blue Gum High
Forest. The gum nut images
transition with an increasingly
distinctive Sign of the Cross which
moves to face outwards to convey
the symbol of Eucharist layered
across the image of the globe.
During the Jubilee year it has been fitting
to reflect on the identity and traditions of
the College. An important legacy of the
celebrations has been the development
of Jubilee banners which were on display
in St Mary’s Cathedral for the first time
during the Jubilee Eucharist.
The banners were designed using
original artwork from a group of students
who undertook a Jubilee artwork project
under the guidance of then MSB Visual
Arts Teacher, Ms Therese O’Kane.
The designs draw on distinctive
features of our College campus such as
the Blue Gum forest, the Courtyard of
Peace and the stained glass windows
of our Chapel. These features are then
blended with the characteristic symbols
of our Christian faith such as the dove
and flame symbols for the Holy Spirit
together with the cross and symbols of
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