Our Identity

Our Identity
Motto and Crest

Motto: Domine dirige nos - Lord direct us

Chaplain's Message about our motto

Domine dirige nos

In preparing your daughter’s uniform for the new year, I wonder if you have spotted the School’s motto on the school crest. We see it so often it may go unnoticed. In case your Latin is not up to standard, the translation is Lord direct us.

An ideal motto sums up an institution using very few words. The founders of St Hilda’s have ensured that we remain conscious of the faith that led them to establish a place of education for young women. It was their belief that God would guide and lead the School in the right direction.

Today we can be pleased with the direction the School has taken and the many continuing successes we enjoy. People generally have a less ‘bossy’ view of God these days, but nonetheless, we look to God to direct our activities, perhaps in more discrete ways than the old-fashioned view that God pushes us around like puppets!

The school year begins and ends with a celebration of the Eucharist: the Church’s celebration that God guides His people both in the words of the scriptures and through the sacraments, when we use outward signs to represent God’s grace working internally and invisibly. Services throughout each term continue this theme.

In Religious and Philosophical Studies, students are encouraged to approach religious ideas with an open, enquiring mind. Through thought, investigation and reflection, students are able to make informed decisions about personal faith and ethical behaviour.

Anglicans have always viewed the mind, given and inspired by God, as an important tool in discerning the will of God; every activity that takes place in School is an opportunity for God’s gifts to be exploited, nurtured and valued as students seek direction in all aspects of life, not least academic. It is not only for the Chapel or the RAPS classroom.

Perhaps next time you are ironing your daughter’s uniform (dads, that includes you), or you see the school crest, consider what the school motto says to you and your family about the direction life is taking you and the part that faith plays in it.

St Hilda's School Prayer

Almighty God,
in whom we live and move and have our being,
make this School as a field which the Lord has blessed,
that whatsoever things are true, pure,
lovely and of good report,
may here for ever flourish and abound.

Preserve in it an unblemished name,
enlarge it with a wider usefulness
and exalt it in the love and reverence of all its members
as an instrument of your glory,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

St Hilda's School Hymn

Your hand, O God, has guided
Your flock, from age to age;
the wondrous tale is written,
full clear, on every page;
Your people owned your goodness,
and we their deeds record;
and both of this bear witness;
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Your heralds brought glad tidings
to greatest as to least;
they bade them rise, and hasten
to share the great King's feast;
and this was all their teaching,
in every deed and word,
to all alike proclaiming
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Through many a day of darkness,
through many a scene of strife,
the faithful few fought bravely,
to guard the nation's life.
Their gospel of redemption,
sin pardoned, earth restored,
was all in this enfolded:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Your mercy will not fail us,
nor leave your work undone;
with your right hand to help us,
the victory shall be won;
and then, by all creation,
Your name shall be adored,
and this shall be our anthem:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.

Words: Edward Hayes Plumptre, 1889 / Music: Thornbury, Crüger