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Explanation of the School logo

Koinonia

The School logo was designed by Ken Collinson and the following explains the symbols within the logo.

The Cross

The symbol of Christianity.

The Open Book

The symbol of learning.

The Hills

The symbol of the School’s location.

The Castle

Heraldic symbol of Verdun, in France, after which the South Australian town was named.

The essential meaning of Koinonia embraces concepts conveyed in the English terms community, communion, joint participation, sharing and intimacy. Koinonia can, therefore, refer in some contexts to a jointly contributed gift.

The word has such multitude of meanings that no single English word is adequate to express its depth and richness. It is a derivative of ‘koinos,’ the Greek word for common. Koinonia is a complex, rich and thoroughly fascinating Greek approach to building community or teamwork.

Koinonia embraced a strong commitment to Kalos K’agothos meaning ‘good and good,’ – an inner goodness toward virtue, and outer goodness toward social relationships. In the context of outer goodness, translated into English, the meaning of Koinonia holds the idea of joint participation in something with someone, such as in a community, or team, or an alliance, or joint venture. Those who have studied the word find there is always an implication of action included in its meaning.

Koinonos means ‘a sharer’, as in to share with one another in a possession held in common. It implies the spirit of generous sharing, or the act of giving, as contrasted with selfish getting. When Koinonia is present, the spirit of sharing and giving becomes tangible. In most contexts, generosity is not an abstract ideal, but a demonstrable action resulting in a tangible and realistic expression of giving.

The visionaries for HCCS in the 1970s prayed for a school experiencing God’s love and blessing and reflected in community, participation, sharing, giving and action.