- Pope Francis
Santa Sophia Catholic College provides a Christ centred environment, aimed at educating the whole child, and helping students to be people of true wisdom through faith, hope and love.
Based on leading educational research and the best of today’s technologies, we will prepare students for the workplace of the future by teaching them how to think critically and creatively, how to communicate effectively and how to work collaboratively.
Our Patron Saint
Saint Sophia the Martyr (died AD 137) was born in Italy.
Saint Sophia had three daughters: Faith, Hope and Charity, who were named after virtues mentioned in Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 13.
Saint Sophia was venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church on September 17th. Her Feast Day, for the Catholic Church, is 15th May.
The daughters are said to have been martyred during the reign of Hadrian (117-138). Guards took Sophia’s daughters one by one, from oldest to youngest and beat and tortured them to death in an attempt to force their mother Sophia, to renounce her faith in Christ.
Sophia buried her daughters’ bodies and remained by their graves for three days until she died herself.
The name Santa Sophia means ‘Holy Wisdom’ and can be traced back to Greece in the days of the Roman Empire.
In the city of Constantinople (Istanbul), on the same spot where Constantine, the first Christian Emperor, had built a basilica two hundred years earlier, the Emperor Justinian erected a monumental church in honour of ‘Hagia Sophia’ the Holy Wisdom in year 538.
The title ‘Hagia Sophia’ or Santa Sophia, has remained popular ever since.
In the Bible, Wisdom refers variously to smart decision making, wise teaching, a body of literature, a remarkable woman and the person of Jesus.
Wisdom is also presented as divine attribute: an aspect of God to be imitated by those made in God’s likeness.
The Holy Spirit imparts seven gifts to those fully initiated into the church; wisdom is at the top of that list, followed by understanding, knowledge, counsel, courage, reverence and wonder in God’s presence.
Wisdom comes first as the grace that assists in the practise of all other virtues.
The school crest for Santa Sophia Catholic College is imbued with the charism of Saint Sophia and the values of Wisdom, Faith, Hope and above all Love. It is a symbol that reflects the Santa Sophia Way.
The TREE is a symbol of growth and wisdom. It is a living thing - as we grow and develop we become more mature, our personality emerges and begins to flower and fruit ( a very feminine symbol - Santa Sophia was also a mother) providing a path to the wider world and life-long learning. It is also a symbol of renewal and rebirth.
WISDOM is the first and highest gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is often represented by flame or fire. The leaves on the tree are not drawn as a typical leaf but more as a stylised flame shape. If you look closely you will see the use of negative space to create a flame shape from the arms to the top leaf.
Our College Prayer
Almighty God, You have called each of us by name.
Help us do Your holy will and never forsake us.
Grant us Thy holy aid, that our hearts are not frightened by any worldly struggles to do Your will.
May we be open to the Good News of Jesus Christ who is Wisdom itself.
We ask the intercession of Mary the Queen of Heaven and St Sophia
to help us live our faith, hope and love each day.
We make this prayer through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
St Sophia, pray for us.