The Biretta

The three peaks were originally a visual reminder of the Holy Trinity.  We have named each of the peaks on our Biretta as a sign of our aspirations for the boys in the class: sapienza (wisdom); sanitas (healthy mind and body); and sanctita (the sacred).  The biretta is also the ancestor of the modern mortarboard hat used today in universities. The biretta is something which St. John Bosco, the founder of the Salesian Order, would have worn as a matter of course as he pursued his vocation of searching out the best educational and vocational opportunities for young people so that they might become ‘Good Christians and honest citizens.’  We have chosen ‘Biretta’ as the name for the class to give contemporary expression to Don Bosco’s educational vision.