The original church in Bannockburn was named St John the Evangelist. This church was destroyed by fire in October 2015 and the site has remained vacant ever since.
It was decided that the parish community should be consulted on the name of the new school and even the possibility of renaming the church to be rebuilt. Through consultation four names were discerned. The four names came up often: St John the Evangelist (the name of the original church); St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (with several variants); St Francis of Assisi; and Good Shepherd. Parishioners were asked to explain their choice of name.
The parishioners during mass and via the aged care facilities, voted on the appropriate name. There was no overwhelming majority for any of the four, but St Mary MacKillop was most popular.
After reflection and prayer Father Charles wrote to the Archbishop recommending that the name of the new church and school be St Mary MacKillop.
This reflects the voting and it recognises that as the first canonised Australian saint and as a woman St Mary brings a real sense of freshness and hope, tying well to the rapid growth of the Bannockburn area and the need for re-vitalisation of the parish. Other positives are that St Mary spent much time seeking to provide education in rural areas and that her catch phrase typifies something of the nature of the parish: “never see a need without doing something about it”.
Our School Logo
Once the name was decided upon, Resonate PR were engaged to begin the process of creating a logo design for this new school.
The St Mary MacKillop Catholic Primary School logo is an abstract impression of a bridge. Historic bridges are a key feature of the region and are also symbolic of ‘connection’.
The ability to connect the community is one of the key objectives of our school. The two sections of the bridge meet to suggest the linking of our school and church and the holistic education we provide.
The southern cross stars have been incorporated because St Mary MacKillop is patron saint of the ‘Knights of the Southern Cross’.
The colours used in the logo are inspired by the local landscape. The teal green is suggestive of the gumtrees and the grape/burgundy of the grape vines prominent in the region.