School Crest


Following the naming of the school in 1965 after the then Governor General Sir Bernard Fergusson it was agreed by the school committee that the school have a crested type of letterhead paper. The principal (J.G. Sisley) and his clerical assistant discussed the matter and it was agreed that a shield with a cross would form the basis of the school’s crest.

The principal thought that four elements needed to be depicted and not in any ranked order either:

The original shield was in the form of the Roman shield i.e. rather more rectangular than its present form.

When the first sketches had been completed these were shown to an inspector (Harry Clark) who just happened to visit along with the Director of Education at the time (Brian Pinder). Clark suggested the modified shield, leaving Korotangi as is but adding the sea background to represent the voyage of Tainui waka and a slightly better balanced scotch thistle. The rest of the features were unchanged.

The actual lead cut of the letterhead was done by an Auckland firm. The features of the crest are as follows:

NB. The information herein was taken and amended slightly from photocopied notes and papers held on file in the principal’s office.