Terra Sancta College renamed for new papal saint

A tapestry portrait of Pope John Paul II hanging from the facade of St Peter's Basilica is seen across the colonnade roof during the canonisation ceremony at the Vatican, April 27, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

A tapestry portrait of Pope John Paul II hanging from the facade of St Peter's Basilica is seen across the colonnade roof during the canonisation ceremony at the Vatican, April 27, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

Terra Sancta College will be renamed to honour the canonisation of former pope John Paul II.

The school, with campuses in Schofields and the Nirimba education precinct at Quakers Hill, will be known as St John Paul II Catholic College from next term.

Co-operating principal Jim Fanning said the renaming gave the college a patron saint and role model for students.

He said the school's crest and logo would remain the same, but stationery, signage and other materials would be revised to reflect the name change.

"This will be a transitional process over time to reduce any unnecessary expense for parents or the college," he said.

The existing John Paul II campus at St Andrew's College, Marayong, will be renamed St Andrew's College Senior Campus to avoid confusion between the schools.

Bishop of Parramatta Anthony Fisher said Saint John Paul II had excised the area from the Archdiocese of Sydney to make Parramatta a separate diocese in 1986.

The school's current motto "The way passes through this land" comes from a speech made by John Paul during his papal visit to Australia in the same year.

"He will also be long remembered as a great friend of young people and the father of World Youth Day," Bishop Fisher said.

"This is a great opportunity to strengthen the Catholic identity of the college and align [its mission] to the life and work of this great pope and saint."

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