Scotland / Purple / Thistle
Balmoral Castle is in Scotland and has been the historic Scottish home of the Queen for many decades.
The colour purple is a colour associated with royalty, nobility and ambition. Purple also represents meanings linked to creativity, wisdom, dignity, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic. The Scottish Thistle features strongly in the House crest keeping the close links to this famous Castle and Country in the UK.
The Griffin with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion is one of the most powerful mythical creatures known for its strength, grace, fierceness and nurturing qualities.
England / Red / Rose
Windsor Castle is the residence of the monarchy in the UK and is represented here with the colour red and the rose. The rose is the national flower of England and was adopted by Henry VII as England’s emblem of peace. The colour red is the colour of physical energy, courage, power, will and achievement. Red symbolizes stability, security, courage and action.
The unicorn is a symbol of freedom, healing and beauty – the unicorn’s powers are both magical and mystical. Representing freedom the unicorn is impossible to catch.
The open visored knight helmet facing forward is reserved for the highest ranks of nobility – the
knight symbolizes having dreams and letting nothing stand in the way of success.
Ireland / Green / Shamrock
Stormont Castle is the historic traditional home of the Prime Minister for Northern Ireland and is represented here with the colour Green and the Irish Shamrock at the heart of the crest.
The colour Green symbolizes nature and the natural world and this is reinforced in the shield with representations of land animals, fish from the sea and birds from the air. It represents tranquility, vitality, freshness, growth, balance and health.
Stormont House at the BSE is the House with a focus on the environment and nature – raising awareness of conservation issues and promoting environmental and conservation practice throughout the school.
Wales / Yellow / Daffodil
Cardiff Castle is located at the heart of the Welsh capital city of Cardiff and has over 2000 years of history associated with it.
The colour yellow symbolises optimism, energy, joy, wisdom, intellect, happiness and friendship. Included in the crest the crossed keys symbolise the ability of the keys to unlock the gateway to friendship. The castle represents the foundation of power and protection through comradery with others.
At the centre of the crest is the National flower of Wales the Daffodil – always seen blossoming in the early spring after the winter frosts the daffodil symbolises hope, new beginnings and the start of a new season.