Kilvington’s Crest & Motto

Like Kilvington itself, the School’s crest effectively combines tradition and modernity.

While the values and basic design of the crest have remained the same, the graphics have changed subtly over the years in response to the stylistic conventions of the time.

The crest dates back to the naming of the School in 1929. Students were asked to submit designs for a badge, and consulted about the School motto. Founder, Constance Barrett, was responsible for the resulting design of the crest, while Constance and daughter, Caroline, developed the School motto together: ‘Non nobis sed omnibus’, which is Latin for ‘Not for our own, but others’ good.’

This motto reflects our School’s spirit of generosity and compassion. All Kilvington students are taught to follow the example of the ‘Good Samaritan’, which fosters the human desire to help others in need.

In the words of past Principal Di Fleming, ‘This motto is not just a statement written underneath a Chevron on a school blazer or a banner, but it is very much part of our culture and of our practice. Every day we see acts of kindness expressed across the whole community – parent, child, teacher, member of the PFA, Maintenance Team and our lollipop men at the School crossings.’

The symbol of the book, which represents knowledge, has always been a vital part of Kilvington’s identity. Our School’s core aim is to impart valuable knowledge to our students, preparing them for life. Placing the book in a central position on our crest is a reminder of our School’s dedication to the noble goal of individual enlightenment.