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(2:3) image by eljko Heimer, 20 May 2001national flag of Colombia
image by Ivan Sache, 28 June 2014
Colegio Santo Domingo was established in Bogotá in January 1977. The
institute is named for St. Dominic Savio 1842-1857), an Italian student of St.
John Bosco, canonized on 12 June 1954 by Pope Pius XII and proclaimed the patron
saint of schools worldwide.
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided blue-white-red, with the institute's emblem in the middle. Blue is a symbol of academics, study, learning, knowledge and aspiration to intellectual progress. White is a symbol of purity, spirituality, love of God and respect of the institute's patron saint, St. Dominic Savio. Red is a symbol of valiance, solidarity and constancy.
The emblem of the institute features on a blue field, representing knowledge, an open book, recalling that education should matter everybody, and the flag of Colombia, placed diagonally.
Ivan Sache, 28 June 2014
image by Ivan Sache, 15 June 2018
Institución Educativa Santo Domingo Savio is located in Planadas (Tolima
Department). The institute is composed of 8 seats: Santo Domingo Savio, Santa
Teresita del Niño Jesus, El Silencio, Pueblitos, San Pablo, San Gabriel, Las
Margaritas, and San Gabriel Alto.
The institute is named for St. Dominic Savio (1842-1857; canonized on 12 June 1954 by Pope Pius XII), a student of St. John Bosco, who popularized his piety in the book "Vita del giovanetto Savio Domenico, allievo dell'Oratorio di San Francesco di Sales" (1859).
The flag of IE Santo Domingo Savio is horizontally divided coffee brown-green-yellow with the institute's emblem in the center.
Coffee brown is a tribute to the soil on which the new school was built after the original one had been destroyed by an earthquake.
Green represents hope for the children who can access the educational service provided by the institute.
Yellow is a symbol of joy with which knowledge is taught and learned in classrooms.
The shield features on a blue background representing firmament a beautiful sun, a symbol of the light that shines in the classrooms and in the education processes used in the institute; the flag of Colombia placed on a green background, representing natural resources and hope; an open book and a quill, inscribed with the fundamental values of the institution "Liberty and Excellence", placed on the municipal flag representing projection to a future filled with knowledge for the benefit of the community.
Source: IE Santo Domingo Savio website
Ivan Sache, 15 June 2018
image by Ivan Sache, 23 February 2019
Colegio Gimnasio Santo Rey (GSR) is located in Armenia (Quindío Department).
"Santo" (Saint) recalls that sanctity is God's attribute and highlights God's
moral excellence. God is saint and serves as a model of purity for all living
organisms. "Rey" (King) recalls that God is the King of kings and the Lord of
The flag of GSR is vertically divided red-white-blue with two thin vertical yellow stripes surrounding the white stripe and the school's coat of arms in the center.
The coat of arms is composed of a shield representing protection granted by God to his children. The tens stars of David in the bordure are a symbol of excellence. In the field, the atom symbolizes science ("ciencia"), the book symbolizes knowledge ("conocimiento"), and the Menorah (a Jewish symbol) represents life ("vida", as the tree of life). The shield is surmounted by a crown, a symbol of God's kingdom, power and majesty. The fleur-de-lis is a symbol of the Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit).
Blue represents the sky, the place of God's throne.
Red represents the blood shed by Jesus on the cross.
http://www.gimnasiosantorey.edu.co/moodle/mod/page/view.php?id=19079, GSR website
Ivan Sache, 23 February 2019
image by Ivan Sache, 12 December 2020
Instituto TÃ©cnico Santo Tomás de Aquino (ITSTA) was established in Duitama
(Boyacá) in 1992, as the merger of Instituto Nacional de Promoción Social de
Aguatendida and Concentración Tundama.
ITSTA teaches some 2,100 students in three seats: Central, Tundama, and El Carmen.
The flag of IT Santo Tomás de Aquino is horizontally divided blue-green by a white triangle spreading from the hoist to mid-fly.
White represents faith, purity and safety. It has a positive connotation and indicates a good start.
Blue represents knowledge, integrity, seriousness, power, truth, stability and deepness.
Green represents growth, safety, hope, harmony and exuberance. It is the color of environment par excellence.
The flag represents the institution's growth, leadership and significance, through knowledge offered to students. Young people with critical minds, leadership respecting people and environment, they will be creative and ingenious, as reflected in each of their specialties.
The shield uses the institutional colors, green, blue, white and red.
The human silhouette represents the person as the focus of the human-oriented teaching offered by ITSTA.
Beneath the shield are shown the specialties taught at ITSTA, from left to right: Mathematics and Statistics, Electronics, Electricity, Computer Science, Fashion Design.
Ivan Sache, 12 December 2020
image by Ivan Sache, 17 November 2014
Institución Educativa Técnica Santo Tomás is located in Cuatis Corregimiento,
part of the municipality of Gualmatán (Nariño Department). The institute is
named for St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274, canonized on 18 July 1323 by Pope John
XXII and promoted Doctor of the Church in 1568 [Doctor angelicus - Doctor
The symbols of the institute were adopted on 20 October 1999. The flag, designed by the 3rd grade student Digna Isabel Chavez Rosero, is diagonally divided white-green-yellow according to the descending diagonal. White, green, and yellow represent the region's peace, vegetation, and resources, respectively.
Source: http://ietsat.webnode.com.co/oferta-educativa/simbolos/ - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 17 November 2014
image by Carlos Thompson, 28 May 2003
Note: this image is incomplete - see below.
Translated from Universidad Santo Tomás websites: www.usta.edu.co
(Bogotá) and www.ustabuca.edu.co
"The flag is composed by five horizontal bands, three in green and two white alternated, the university shield in the middle and in the top the national tricolor in triangle".
The pictures do not show the flag completely , so I know I miss the "national tricolor in triangle", this should mean a triangle of yellow, blue and red.
Carlos Thompson, 28 May 2003
"Universidad Santo Tomás", the First Universitary
Convent in Colombia, was founded in Santa Fé de Bogotá by the
Dominican Order on 13 June 1580. Founded in 1608, "Colegio
Santo Tomás" was subsequently merged with "Universidad
de Estudios Generales" to form "Colegio-Universidad
Santo Tomás", later renamed "Universidad
On 7 March 1965, the Dominican Order's Province of San Luis Bertrán de Colombia restored "Universidad Santo Tomás de Colombia", which was recognized by the Ministry of National Education on 6 August 1965 (Decree No. 3645). The university opened regional seats in Bucaramanga (1973), Boyacá (1996) and Medellín (1997).
On the new symbols' page of the university, the discrepancy reported by Carlos Thompson has vanished since there is no longer mention of the national flag in corner.
The shield of the university is a blue disk charged with a black and white Cross of Calatrava, surrounded by a red ring bearing in black capital letters the university's name (top) and motto (bottom), "Facientes Veritatem", in Latin, "Furthering Truth", and 16 golden rays representing the "Sun of Aquino", that is the knowledge of St. Thomas of Aquino.
Ivan Sache, 28 December 2008
"Colegio Santo Tomás de Aquino", "Dean of the
Colombian Colleges", was founded by the Dominican Order in
Santa Fé de Bogotá in 1573 and refunded in the same town in
1949. It is one of the six colleges ran by the Order, together
with the "Universidad Santo Tomás", in Colombia
(Province of San Luis Bertrán of the Order).
The flag of the college, as shown on a photo and described on the college website, is horizontally divided yellow-blue-yellow (1:2:1) with a sun near the fly and (seemingly) the coat of arms of the college near the hoist.
Blue symbolizes liberty, to be compared with the infinite blue sky, immense and inexplorable, a free space for the flight of the birds, the lightning of the constellations and the transit of the clouds that water the earth.
Yellow represents wisdom, to be compared with incandescence and light, the golden base of knowledge and the crucible of word through radiated truth, born from the infinite fire.
The sun is the Sun of Aquino, united with chains, representing St. Thomas of Aquino's knowledge instilled in all of his writings. The sun shown on the flag is more complex than the sun emblem of the college placed in the middle of the crest of the coat of arms of the college. It has more rays, is plain yellow and bears a black ring inside (maybe a chain?).
The coat of arms of the college is made of the Cross of Calatrava countercoloured black and white, as the specific symbol of the Dominican Order, with a blue border charged with the yellow writing "VERITAS COLEGIO STO. TOMAS DE AQUINO", and surmonted by a crenelled crown charged with a yellow chain and sun, alluded to in the anthem of the college.
Black, as absorbing light, represents interiorization and appropriation of knowledge. White, as the lack of colour and the plenitude of light, represents truth reveealed to mankind and enlighting it.
The "Identidad Corporativa" booklet of the college, available as a PDF file on the website of the college, includes a detailed construction sheet of the coat of arms, last amended in 2006.
The prescribed shades are:
- Blue: Pantone 2935c / CMYK 100-47-0-0
- Yellow: Pantone 109c / CMYK 0-9-94-0.
Ivan Sache, 2 January 2009
image by Ivan Sache, 25 July 2014
Colegio Distrital Sarid Arteta de Vasquez was established in Baranquilla
(Atlántico Department) on 13 February 1964 by Leticia Herrera de Ramos.
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided white-blue with the institute's emblem the white stripe.
http://colegio-saridartetadevasquez.barranquilla.edu.co/VM/article/?id=AR00010221 - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 25 July 2014