College Crest

Three young ladies gave the College its name, its crest and its motto.

During 1993 a competition was held in Catholic Primary schools on the Eastern Shore.

Jessica Direen of St. Cuthbert’s School was one of a group who suggested the name “MacKillop”. Jessica was chosen by lot as the winner. Jessica wrote that Mary MacKillop was “an Australian to look up to and strive to emulate”.

Christina Ramsay, of Corpus Christi School, provided the original idea for the crest of the College, “a cross and a star intersecting, each gaining inspiration from the other”.

Christina suggested our crest was symbolic of “hope and new life”. It also reminds us, through the star, that God is transcendent, always beyond human thinking and imagining, but God is also immanent. As the cross reminds us, He experienced our human life and we encounter Him in others. 

When Christina worked on her suggestions for our college crest she had just been diagnosed with cancer. Christina battled with the illness throughout her years at MacKillop and sadly succumbed to the disease in 2004. This young lady had such an amazing spirit: her battle and how she wrote about it, including her conversations with Jesus, is a genuine inspiration for us all.

To know life, to know suffering and to admit that being strong for herself and others is more than one can bear at times. To be touched by her faith. We are indeed fortunate to have Christina’s spirit amongst us at MacKillop. There follows extracts from Christina’s diaries: a rare and splendid gift of her deeply personal thoughts. Please treat them as a privilege and we hope her words can give you a still point to recognise and treasure what is really important in your life.

Christina Ramsay
Christina Ramsay's Diaries

Mr Ian Ferrier, a Brisbane architect, developed our crest from Christina’s original concept.

Sophie Hutchins of Corpus Christi School suggested our motto: “In Faith and Hope and Love”. This is the title and opening line of a hymn written in Hobart by the noted Australian poet, James McAuley. The opening words of the first verse of the same hymn are “Christ our star…”, hence the star above our crest.