A competition to name the new merged Griffith High – Wage High School closes on Friday November 3.
Members of the public are able to submit their suggestion via a NSW Department of Education (DE) website.
A Facebook page recently emerged suggesting the new name of the school be “Schoolie McSchool Face”, a reference to the embarrassment caused to the UK government when “Boatie McBoatface” was voted the most popular name for a polar research ship.
However, DE guidelines recommend that wherever possible a school should adopt the name of the suburb, town or locality in which it is situated.
Where it is not possible to use the location name, alternatives may be considered, such as: local people, such as pioneering men and women or families, Victoria Cross winners, scientists, artists, explorers and community leaders; Aboriginal local place names or words; famous Australians
A shortlisting process will now be undertaken, with three options to be publicised for public discussion.
A final panel consisting of Griffith Secondary Education Advisory Council, student, parent, community, school and Department of Education representatives will make a recommendation to the Executive Director, School Performance, Wagga Wagga regarding the proposed name.
DE advises the executive director will conduct the necessary checks to ensure the name is not in use elsewhere and meets the criteria for a government school name.
Following this the Executive Director will seek approval of the new school name from the Minister of Education.
Following the confirmation of the school name, consultation will take place around badging and motto.
DE have stated that throughout these processes, the history and traditions of Wade and Griffith High Schools will be respected.
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