Hobart City Partner Schools Update

Today, I am excited that the Minister for Education will shortly announce that our proposed new school name is Hobart City High School.

The names of the current schools – Ogilvie and New Town – will be retained as campus names, giving recognition and weight to the rich histories and traditions of our schools.

Deciding on a new name is an exciting, and significant step in forming the identity for the school and is the result of an extensive engagement exercise. This has included conducting face-to-face workshops with a range of stakeholders and surveys of our school community.

Thank you to everyone who provided their time and input into this process.  We received valuable feedback to not only guide us in finding a name and brand, but to help us start to create your ‘dream school’.

Through the consultation, it is clear that a place based name was the preferred option.  Hobart City High School was a name that people seemed to be drawn to and, combined with retaining our campus names – Ogilvie and New Town – provides a strong balance of something new, while acknowledging a desire to retain and recognise our school history.

It also provides a sense of continuity as the Hobart City Partnership Schools brand has developed over recent years in our important, and continuing, partnership with Elizabeth College.

In terms of the larger branding work to sit alongside our new name, brand options reflecting feedback gathered through consultation, have been developed and will be part of further consultation.

The Combined School Association will be meeting early next week, and the Minister has asked for their formal endorsement of the proposed name at that meeting.  The Association have also been asked to consider and provide advice on appropriate consultation options for finalising the brand.

The Department of Education has also commenced scoping work on a masterplan, which has identified a need for contemporary learning spaces across all grades; sports facilities; a performing arts centre; and upgraded technology, VET and food training facilities for senior students.

Suggestions put forward include a performing arts centre at the Ogilvie Campus, VET facilities at the New Town Campus and food training facilities at Elizabeth college.

As master planning continues there will be opportunities for consultation and input from the school community into key priorities for the short and medium term improvements.

Again, thank you to everyone for contributing to the process so far. I am really excited about the new opportunities that the school will provide our students, whilst at the same time honouring the amazing history of our existing schools.

I look forward to providing a further update to you on the brand options soon.

David Kilpatrick

Education Leader

Hobart City Schools Project