Canterbury International School

A city set on a hill

Rebranding for Canterbury International School, a primary and secondary school founded in 2003 with a mission to impact lives by raising children on the solid foundation of faith in Jesus Christ.

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Canterbury International School (CIS) started small, as a creche, kindergarten and primary school in 2003. Its founder was clear in her vision to impact lives for God, one child at a time. Through the years, CIS experienced tremendous growth and established a secondary school in 2006. As the school grew, the primary and secondary schools developed separate identities. CIS approached us to develop a brand that reflected its faith-based values and a system that united both its junior and senior schools, while allowing one to feel like a mature step up from the other. We crafted a system around a monochromatic colour palette; doubling down on the historical school colour – red – we used brighter reds for the primary school and a more mature maroon for the secondary school.

Client
Canterbury International School

Sector
Education

What we did
Brand strategy
Brand identity

Challenge
Uniting a junior and secondary school with two distinct brand identities; and creating a functional and adaptable brand system.

From our client
“We knew we needed a new brand, but aseda gave us way more than that! They united our two school identities and provided a beautiful and functional solution that fit our needs.” – Olamide Olaitan, Head of School

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We redesigned the school crest around the concept of a ‘City Set on Hill’, from Jesus’ sermon on a mount. In this sermon, Jesus charged His followers to shine bright, as the light of the world, as a city set on a hill cannot be hidden. We found this to be a beautiful way to capture Canterbury’s mission to develop children that are bold, bright, unique, unashamed leaders; full of integrity; that stand out with Jesus as their foundation.

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We evolved the dove and books from the existing crest, as they still embodied two foundational characteristics of the school: the dove being biblically representative of the Holy Spirit and the books representing a strong focus on academic excellence.

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It was important for the school crest to be responsive and adaptable, as it is used accross multiple touchpoints, from notebooks, uniforms, on the schools website & social media.

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“Being a school we also have endless applications that require branding. aseda designed our new prospectus and gave us an extremely flexible brand system for use across uniforms, books and signs.”
– Olamide Olaitan – Karunwi, Head of School, CIS

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