uring the middle ages, when nobility and knighthood were instituted as an investiture of distinction for lofty feats of gallantry and dedication and as a social class both noblemen and knights had adopted various marks and symbols to signify their place of origin, their family branch, their titles, their achievements, their ideals. The peculiar arrangement, combinations, measurements and colourings of those symbolic marks was done according to fixed rules and principles which developed into the Science of “Heraldry”. Those distinctive marks were usually worn over the battle dress and on the Shield. Hence the combination of those symbols was known as the “Coat of Arms” or the “Badge”. To it was added a scroll or ribbon containing a short phrase or sentence, which expressed in a condensed form the principle or ideal that guided the nobleman or the knight in his enterprises.
From the “Coat of arms” and “Badges”, our present badges evolved, though today the word “Badge” has acquired a more practical meaning, i.e. a distinctive symbolic mark of authority, rank, proficiency membership, etc.
The Infant Jesus High School Badge is divided mainly in four portions or segments.
- The main part or segment of the badge consists of a Globe on which is depicted an open book on a stand with a lighted candle and with the inscription, “Duty with devotion” and Infant Jesus High School.
The Globe signifies the universality of education for our students. The open book with a lighted candle symbolizes the personal and persevering effort required and expected of every student to acquire knowledge in all its aspects; e.g. Spiritual, Social, Cultural, Political, Physical, Economic, Literary, etc. The school aims at progress in every branch of human knowledge. The motto of the school “Duty with Devotion” asserts and clarifies the essential and exclusive directive principle of the school. In short, the motto tells us that the students are required and expected to do their duty with devotion; duty towards themselves, towards their books, towards their teachers, towards their parents and towards society at large. They are expected to tread their path with devotion, i.e. with love and singleness of purpose and with God as their light to guide them in the right direction.
- The Second Portion consists of two olive branches surrounding the globe with a maple flower in the shape of a cross crowning the globe.
This signifies the peace that is wished for all the staff, students and to all those concerned with the management of the school. Peace in the hearts and minds of all the students without which no progress can be made. The little flowered cross reminds us that Jesus is above everything to look over and guide our every step.
- The third portion of the badge is the symbolic gesture of two hands supporting the whole globe. These two hands represent the support of the “The Trust for National Welfare and Education” that manages and governs the school. It is this that supports the whole emblem and without which the whole badge falls down. The Trust for National Welfare and Education, therefore, is the all supporting hand that carries the school to its goal.
- The forth portion is the ribbon that binds these two hands with inscription “Nallasopara (East)”. This represents the support of the people of Nallasopara to the Trust for National Welfare and Education and to the school.
May Almighty God bestow His light and His strength upon the Trust, upon the School and upon the Staff and Students; so that our badge and motto may become a living reality in us.