Sacred Heart School gets new logo, mascot
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
After a school-wide name the mascot competition, students and staff at Sacred Heart School voted on a new phoenix logo and mascot.
“For the past couple years our students and staff wondered if we had a team name, especially when we were trying to cheer our sports teams on. The kids decided that they wanted to come up with a name, so we had the students come forward with 42 different names to choose from,” explained Darren Johnson, a teacher at Sacred Heart School who led the logo campaign.
Those 42 names were short-listed to a phoenix, a firebird, and a cardinal. A second vote then took place, and that’s when the students and staff decided on the phoenix logo and mascot.
“The meaning of the phoenix has ties to the different cultures in our community, so the logo has meaning to all the kids. It incorporates the colours of our school as well,” said Johnson.
The Catholic Church has used the firebird/phoenix as a symbol of Jesus’ resurrection, as it is believed that it died in flames and was reborn out of its own ashes.
Mike Nerino, a teacher at St. Joseph’s School in Dryden, worked with Johnson to develop the logo which was later approved by the Sacred Heart school administration and the board.
Vice-Principal Kim Savoie and Darren Johnson worked with a clothing company to decide on a line of clothing that would appeal to community members, and worked with that company to develop an online store.
“We want to increase school spirit, so we have an online store right now selling hoodies, jackets, and other clothes with our new logo on it,” said Johnson. “People have been actively buying clothes online so far. At some point we might try some fundraising to work on getting team gear, but for now we are focused on making sure that all the kids have an opportunity to buy and wear school clothing with the new logo.”
The online store will remain open until April 29. The clothing orders are expected to arrive May 22 and at that time students, staff members, and members of the community can begin to wear the new clothing. The link to the online store is: https://stores.inksoft.com/sacred_heart_school_siouxlookout/shop/home.