The Academy Shield
Educating Children For Life.
The Grey Nun Academy seal features our school colors of maroon and grey, and includes the full name of our school and the year in which we were established. The Academy shield is embedded within the design and offers four quadrants of visuals that together symbolize the strong, positive influence of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart.
The stand-alone classic shield is broken into four quadrants to represent the cross of Christ; each one holds a visual within that tells the story of Grey Nun Academy’s founding mission and philosophy, and has a specific meaning in its placement.
Bottom Right: A dove symbol with welcoming open wings was chosen to symbolize how students are growing in the Holy Spirit and how GNA’s educational process is leading children to embrace and promote peace and social justice in our world. The bottom right quadrant was chosen for the dove visual to imply it’s about to take flight. This signifies that GNA offers lower and middle school education in the earliest stages of learning and development.
Upper Right: The image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was selected to convey that children are nurtured in the spirit and mission of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and the legacy of Saint Marguerite. It is positioned in the upper right quadrant as Christ sits at the right hand of God.
Upper Left: The visual of a book signifies excellence in lower and middle school education as well as an academically rich environment with a strong tradition of teaching values that help students go on to achieve at the highest levels. The book also holds a secondary meaning as symbolic of the Bible.
Lower Left: The bottom left quadrant includes a diagonal stripe pattern with five stripes in motion going up toward the heavens and to the right. These represent the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart who strive to be signs of God's unconditional love as they collaborate to create a more just and compassionate world. Modeling Jesus, the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart have a preferential love for the materially poor and demonstrate it in their lives and works. Each stripe was created as recognition of the five ways they do this:
1. Live simply.
2. Share our love and abilities.
3. Work with the poor and be enriched by their gifts.
4. Educate ourselves and others to the responsibility in justice to satisfy the needs of the poor.
5. Act upon unjust societal conditions.
As we move toward the future, we do so with a clear focus on delivering the finest in lower and middle school education from the earliest stages of learning and development. We also embrace our strong ties to the true mission of our founding Sisters who instill values in our children that help them to be more compassionate, contemplative people.