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Turnbull School Ltd.

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
December 20, 2012
Vol. VI, p. 197

Arms of Turnbull School Ltd.

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Blazon

Arms

Purpure a starburst Or, on a chief Erminois a lion’s face between two boars’ heads erased respectant Sable;

Crest

Issuant from a coronet of pairs of maple seeds Or, a bur oak tree Purpure fructed Or;

Supporters

Two Highland bulls guardant Purpure each charged on the shoulder with a lamp enflamed and standing on a mount Or set with trefoils, leeks, and maple leaves Vert;

Motto

A PLACE TO GROW;


Symbolism

Arms

The Erminois chief, boar’s heads, and lion’s face are taken from the ancestral arms of Evans, in particular those granted by Ulster King of Arms in 1838 to the Rev. George Evans, an ancestor of the school’s founding director, Mary Ann Turnbull (née Evans). The starburst conveys the idea of education as illumination and something that is always expanding. It also refers to a child learning to be the star of his or her life, and, acting within the constellation of others, to bring joy to the community.

Crest

The oak tree represents growth from small beginnings, and its deep, strong roots symbolize a strong foundation in life in order to thrive. The maple seeds represent young children in a Canadian context.

Supporters

The bulls allude to the name Turnbull since their heads are turned to face the viewer, looking outwards to act as guardians of the school. The two lamps represent the students and staff, who find a place to grow in the school, and the light of the school’s values extending beyond the school.

Motto

The motto applies to both students and staff.