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The Providence Shield

SHAPE – The classic shield shape, commonly used in heraldry, represents the effort and discipline given to protecting and guarding the significant elements of the school mission contained within its borders.

COLORS – Blue is the color of the sky and sea. The color blue symbolizes  integrity, loyalty, wisdom, knowledge, confidence, and intelligence. It is also associated with peace, calm, depth, stability, and harmony. For the Hebrews, the color blue represented holiness. In Christianity, the color blue resonates the hope of Heaven and the pursuit for Truth. The red surrounding the crest (used in the two-color version of the shield) symbolizes love and courage and reflects the deep passion for Christian schooling shaping our mission.

 

Providence Crest

 

First Element of the Shield
The lion is known for its dauntless courage and impressive strength. In Christianity, the lion represents Jesus Christ. As stated in Proverbs, “[T]here are three things which are majestic in pace… a lion, which is mighty among beasts…” (Proverbs 30:29). The Lord is frequently likened to a lion, as in the passage from Amos claiming that the “Lord roars from Zion” (Amos 1:2). Finally, in Revelation, the Lord roars against Israel to take heed as the “lion of the tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5). The lion reminds us that our school is founded on Jesus Christ and from this foundation springs all faith and academic learning. It is also for this reason that the lion is placed at the foundation of the school’s crest.  We are reminded to be as bold as a lion, speaking the words of Christ, which are as powerful as a lion’s roar. 

Second Element of the Shield
The cross is a sign of the crucifixion, the great price Jesus paid for our salvation. This symbol reminds us of his sacrifice, his love, and our hope in him. As his redeemed people, we seek to deepen our understanding of the Christian faith and to develop an authentic Christian worldview.

Third Element of the Shield
The open book represents academic learning and scholarship. It clearly indicates the purpose of the school–to impart knowledge and to develop understanding of all facets of God’s creation.

BANNER – The banner beneath the shield proudly commemorates the tradition of quality Christian schooling in Santa Barbara first established in 1959 by Santa Barbara Christian School, extended to high school by Providence Hall in 2007, and now continuing in the merged institution, Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School.