There is an ancient Chinese proverb which says that “an invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance”. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. Add to this proverb the Christian saying “Blessed be the ties that bind” and Mary Aikenhead’s mantra of Divine Providence and we have a red thread of destiny.
We use this red thread as a symbol of what it means to be a member of the College community. This red thread is strong and continues to bind all those from the past, who they were, and what they stood for, with our current students. It provides a guide that supports, encourages and nurtures them. In the future, as St Columba’s women, the thread will unravel gradually through their lives, creating further connections and relationships, informed by the values of Love, Hope, Compassion and Justice.
The thread also symbolises the unbroken chain of women from Mary, mother of Jesus; to Mary Aikenhead; to the five Sisters of Charity who came to Australia in 1838; and to the hundreds of Sisters who have worked in education, health, aged and community care since 1838; to all their co-workers and to the past students who have been educated at the College for over 120 years, continuing to expand the St Columba’s community.
The Red Thread can be seen around the College, wrapping around our campus and buildings.