The School Seal
“Caritas” means love or charity. “Scientia” means knowledge. According to St. Augustine, knowledge is the scaffolding of love. Thus, whatever knowledge is gained, it should be used to show greater love especially to the weak and the needy. As St. Augustine puts it, “Let knowledge be used as a kind of scaffolding to help build the edifice of love and understanding which shall endure forever even after knowledge itself shall be destroyed.” (Epistolae 55,21,39)
The “Circular Ornate Frame” symbolizes the unity and strength of the Augustinian Recollects despite the different personalities. “Unity in diversity,” is always the budding principle of every Thomasian.
The “Mountain” at the upper left side of the ornate symbolizes the grandeur of Mt. Canlaon which forms part of San Carlos in the early years. Canlaon was then one of the biggest economic contributors to the populace of San Carlos.
The “Building” located at the lower left side of the ornate symbolizes the historical Institute which stands triumphant for years amidst difficulties and glories. This is the legacy of the Augustinian Recollect missionaries who devoted their lives and shared their talents and resources in the island of Negros.
The “Hands” implies the apostolic zeal of St. Thomas of Villanueva for his love for the poor and the needy. Charity is always the virtue that should enkindle the heart of every Thomasian.
The “Sugarcane” is a plant common in Negros island especially in San Carlos City. With the vast sugar cane plantation, it becomes a source of livelihood for most of the Negrenses. It also symbolizes hardwork or industry which characterizes the people in the city. Putting sugarcane as part of the seal is a humble recognition of the initiative of Fr. Fernando Cuenca, OAR who played a pivotal role in the widespread of sugar industry in the island.
The “Embedded Diamond Shapes with the acronym, C-S-T-R” stands for the quest of its vision and mission of being a Catholic Institution and as instrument in evangelization.
The “Miter and Bishop’s Staff” in the middle of the ornate represent the ideals of St. Thomas of Villanueva as faithful bishop and the Patron of Studies.
The Heart with the Flame, Book and Arrow
The symbols are based on the scriptures and the writings of St. Augustine: “Your heart pierced our heart like an arrow….” (Confessions IX, 2, 3).
The “heart” represents love, especially the love of God for men. The heart symbolizes the core of the person, the very heart of the being.
The “arrow” symbolizes the word of God. God is the perfect shooter. He hits us right in the heart. He speaks to us in the heart. And when he speaks, He seems to wound us.
That is why every Thomasian must realize that his being a child of God carries with it pain, sufferings and sacrifices – when God speaks to him through words that pierce like an arrow. Not that God wants to inflict pain on us here per se but sometimes God seems to hurt us to remind us that He is around. As the saying goes, “God chastises the one He loves”!
The “flame” represents human restlessness. St Augustine says that we are restless pilgrims whose hearts remain restless until they rest in God.
The “book” symbolizes the Scriptures and strict adherence to the teachings and authority of the Church.
Hence, the symbol challenges every Thomasian to be like St. Augustine to go back to the heart, listen to the word of God, and find refuge in the teachings of the Mother Church.
Golden Eagle ( Athletic Symbol )
An eagle is a large diurnal predatory bird, notable for its keen sight and strong flight. A symbol of an eagle was adopted for St. John the Evangelist for his being a theologian. St. Augustine of Hippo was symbolized as the Eagle of Hippo for his being wise among the saints and holy among the wise.
Colegio de Sto. Tomas – Recoletos, as an Augustinian Recollect institution of learning, adopts the Golden Eagle as its symbol, true to its mission according to the ideals of St. Augustine. A Thomasian is expected to be keen in his intellect in his pursuit of knowledge (scientia) and his exercise of love (caritas) to one another whether he is in the field of academics, athletics, cultural affairs, religious activities, or the arts. The traditional color of the Institution is yellow-gold.
Thus, a Thomasian, symbolized as a golden eagle, is exposed to the various fields of challenges in all aspects of human development and aspires to become full–fledged citizen of the society and the Church.
Profile Of An Ideal Thomasian
A Thomasian is mature, responsible, socially committed, and imbued with Augustinian Recollect values, Christian ideals, and Filipino nationalism.
We envision CST-R a School of Excellence whose graduate are imbued with Augustinian Recollect values, equipped with the K to 12 multiliteracy skills and endowed with exemplary wisdom to become globally competitive achievers of the 121st century.
To provide quality Christian education for the holistic transformation of learners in propagating the Catholic faith and in meeting the demands and challenges of the fast-changing world.
- Wholeness / Integration
- Innovation / Pioneerism
- Friendship / Collaboration / Solidarity
Philosophy and Goals
Catholic education is an integral part of the apostolate to which the Order of Augustinian Recollects is committed. The OAR schools in the Philippines exercise the Apostolate of Education as a means of ensuring the total development of man, the promotion of culture in a Filipino setting, and the welfare of society, all geared toward the attainment of man’s eternal destiny. More distinctively, the OAR schools aim to ordain the acquisition of knowledge in such a way that the student’s outlook of the world, of man himself, and of life will be enlightened and permeated by his love and faith.
Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos aims to instill in each and every student of the secondary level the teachings of the Catholic faith, the authentic tradition and values of our people, as well as the attitudes, habits and knowledge that will contribute to make him a truly Catholic Christian Filipino.
Within the framework of this guiding philosophy, COLEGIO DE STO. TOMAS-RECOLETOS commits herself :
- To translate the Augustinian Recollect educative principle that knowledge should become a scaffolding of love in the students’ daily works and prayers;
- To challenge students to think, internalize and make creative decisions and choices that can bring out a Catholic Christian Filipino culture based on justice, peace, love and respect for all creation;
- To provide an educational center that fosters Christian maturity and allow personal freedom to enhance the power of observation and critical reasoning, and discern various options for real life situations;
- To provide a Catholic center where students can nurture and actualize Filipino culture open to the light of Catholic Christian faith and nourished by the life-giving grace of the Sacraments;
- To provide an Augustinian Recollect center of study as well as reflection and interiorization of Jesus’ command to love, an expression of strength, control, maturity and self-integration; and
- To form a school community where students are willing to share their time, talents, and resources with their less fortunate brothers and sisters in and off campus, for God and country inspired by St. Augustine and St. Thomas of Villanova.