WONTHAGGI Secondary College will be renamed Bass Coast College to “better reflect the area” it serves following public consultation on the name change, according to Bass MP Jordan Crugnale.
The name change will come into effect in the coming months following a formal gazettal process.
Locals were invited to select their preferred name for the school earlier this year as part of an Engage Victoria survey over three weeks, with ‘Bass Coast College’ receiving the highest level of community support.
The school’s existing sites will be known as the Dudley Campus (year 7-9) and the Wonthaggi Campus (year 10-12), formerly known as the McKenzie Senior Campus, which opened in 2020.
A second junior campus, the San Remo campus, will open its doors in 2022 and host a range of world-class facilities.
Bass Coast College principal Darren Parker said it was an amazing era for the school.
“We are very proud to be the government secondary education provider for the young people of Bass Coast. It is an incredible place to live, and we are thrilled to have a name that represents all in our community,” Mr Parker said.
“It is great to share the fantastic developments regarding our leadership positions with our community.
“I would also like to pay special tribute to Marg O’Donnell, who has been the Senior Campus principal since 2017.
“We are very pleased to support her in returning to be the excellent classroom teacher we know she is.”
A fourth campus, the FLOW Campus, was also established in 2020 after the upgrading of the former senior campus’ gymnasium (Webb’s Shed).
Emma Harris has been appointed the San Remo Campus principal and will step into the role from term three, 2021, to assist in establishing the new campus.
Michael Shone has been appointed Dudley Campus principal, and he also commences in his new role at the start of term three.
Leith Cummins, the current Dudley Campus assistant principal, has been promoted to assistant college principal (school improvement) and will lead the teaching and learning improvement initiatives across the whole college.
These new appointees join the existing leadership team, which includes Ross Bramley as the campus principal of the renamed Wonthaggi Campus, and Phil Hughes as Wonthaggi Campus assistant principal.
Mr Bramley is the current Dudley Campus principal, and he also commences his new role at the start of term three.
Mr Parker will continue in his position as Bass Coast College principal.
Bass Coast College caters for about 1500 students.
Bass MP Jordan Crugnale said it was wonderful to announce the college’s new name.
“The college is going from strength to strength, and with this dedicated, passionate new leadership team, it will continue to support, bring out the best in every student and provide every opportunity so they can have a positive learning experience in every program and meaningful pathways,” Ms Crugnale said.
“We are transforming education across the Bass Coast by upgrading and building new schools, and this is just the next step in delivering the education our kids deserve.”