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URSULINES OF THE ROMAN UNION

PROVINCE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA
COAT OF ARMS OF THE
URSULINES OF THE ROMAN UNION
"Now, to the only God be honour and glory forever.
Amen."
1 Tim. 1,17
BADGE OF URSULINE SCHOOLS

“SERVIAM”


The SERVIAM badge bears a field of silver stars against a green background, which in
Heraldic language signifies the heights to which we must always aspire.
The constellation of stars is that of Ursu Minor, or little Bear. Ursu Minor recalls the name
of St Ursula, patroness of learning and education and patroness of Ursulines and
Ursuline Schools.
Ursu Minor points to the Pole star, the star to which travellers looked for direction.
St Ursula challenges us to make every effort to reach our pole star, Christ.
The Cross calls us to be faithful to the teaching and principles of Christ, while the
colour green signifies vitality and growth.
The motto "Serviam" means "I will serve", both God and our fellow human beings.

The SERVIAM badge is a distinguishing sign of Ursuline pupils and expresses the unity of
spirit and heart that characterises the students of Ursuline schools. The cross is the symbol of the Christian faith upon
which the ideal of service is based as a public witness of devotedness to God. The stars of the badge beckon towards
the highest endeavour of service.
SERVIAM
THE SCHOOL SONG
OF
URSULINE SCHOOLS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Sing we a song of service, honour and truth and praise.
Ours is a royal watchword; ours will be loyal ways.
Bright as the badge we carry; gemmed with the guiding stars,
And 'neath the cross's banner, the claim to service ours.

Eyes on the stars that beckon, travelling the roads that climb.
We'll only stoop to offer, a helping hand in time.
So those who on life's journey, the path with us have trod,
Can say we kept our watchword, our "Serviam" for God.
Sr Michael Edgar OSU