Stuart High School kicked off a new era on Wednesday night, unveiling a brand new logo to the Whyalla community.
As part of a re-branding process, the logo was revealed through an enthusiastic fashion parade which saw students model the new uniform.
Principal Jeanette Conroy said the new logo ‘modernised’ the school, which had been using a logo designed forty years ago.
“We wanted something that represented more of the school’s values and the sort of learning and achievement we would want students to do now and into the future,” she said.
Ms Conroy said the logo represented the journey of John McDouall Stuart, a Scottish explorer who completed the first successful expedition through the Australian mainland from south to north.
“It has a line which goes up the middle which represents his journey and so we took that idea and turned it into words around values,” she said.
“That’s why we have the words Pride, Pathways, Perseverance and Possibilities, because we thought those were the characteristics required for John McDouall Stuart during his journey.”
Ms Conroy said the process of creating a new logo began halfway through 2015, with the final design chosen out of 11 different versions.
“Our initial question asked was – what does Stuart High School mean to you in this day and age?” she said.
“People gave us their words, and from that these we distilled the most common ones and actually led us to the final process of voting.”
“The reaction has been very positive; students and community have enjoyed the process and by actually having a say in it and they are very excited with the end result.”
Year 10 student Colby Baker said he was excited about the revamp, and that he was proud to wear the uniform.
“I’m going to be really happy see future students wearing this uniform, it’s a big step for Stuart, having had the same logo and uniforms for so many years.”
“I can definitely see students enjoying this in the near future.”
Lyn Breuer was invited to present at the event and delivered a speech to students focused on the merits of a school education.
“School is actually very important in your life. It is one of those things that whatever you are doing later on in life, you still remember what happened at school,” she said.
“School helps make you the person you are when you are older, it is probably one of the most important influences on you.
“It is not just about reading, writing, arithmetic ... you learn how to get on with people. Learning to mix with others is really important.”