The bell has rung for community to name new school

Released 31/07/2020

The ACT Government is asking the community to choose the name, logo and uniform for the newest public school in Canberra set to open its doors for preschool to year 6 students at the start of 2021 in Molonglo.

The ACT Government is committed to making sure that every child has a place at a great local public school, and with the opening of the newest school in Molonglo just over the horizon, it’s time for the community to have their say on the name, logo and uniform for their new school.

Schools importantly are community hubs for their local community and not just for the students and families, but also for the community groups and sporting groups that make use of the facilities. This engagement is set to kick off the connection the community will have with the school—anyone is welcome to have their say.

The five name options are Isabel Coe School, Ngingali Cullen School, Evelyn Scott School, Arnold Hunter School, and John Budby School.

Each of these names holds significance as Aboriginal leaders known for reform and activism. These leaders are Isabel Coe, Ngingali Cullen, Evelyn Scott, Arnold ‘Puggy’ Hunter and John Budby. I would like to thank their families for allowing the ACT Government to name a school in honour of one of these leaders.

I recognise that Australia was and is Aboriginal land and I am grateful for the support of these families as we seek reconciliation.

The school logo and uniform will be chosen from four design concepts which are based on the natural habitat of the region. The concepts are named Rolling Hills, Sunrise over Molonglo, Australian Reed-Warbler and Tree Bark Monogram. The logo and uniform concepts have been developed with consideration regarding gender neutrality, ease of manufacture and ease of matching colour and distinctiveness from other schools.

The bell has rung for local families, teachers, parents of school children, community organisations and the broader Canberra community to vote by visiting

With the high school opening in 2023 and the primary school to open for the 2021 school year, this government is again delivering on its 2016 election commitment to cater for the education needs of families in this region.

Every ACT public school is a great school, and this $47 million primary school will cater for 644 pre-school to Year 6 students to ensure every young person can attend a great public school close to home.

The additional $23 million secondary school will cater for 600 students in Years 7-10 and include specialist Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design learning spaces, a modern library resource centre, specialist outdoor learning areas such as an outdoor stage and environmental design spaces, and additional sports courts.

This new school will include a large community room and kitchenette, multipurpose gym, sports courts and change-room facilities, outdoor playing field suitable for soccer, rugby league and rugby union, outdoor multipurpose hardcourts and cricket nets.

The ACT Government is investing approximately $4 million to deliver the gymnasium which is expected to be completed in mid-2021. This will be a significant community and sporting facility including two full sized courts with line markings for roller derby and other sports such as basketball, futsal or indoor soccer, netball, volleyball and badminton, seating and additional space for community storage.

As at the end of June, 366 people have been engaged to build this school.  This number will increase as the project continues and moves into futures stages and completion.

This is just another example of the ACT Government investing in schools, infrastructure communities and our future as we continue to grow towards a population of 500,000 by 2030.

I look forward to the ACT’s 89th public school opening its doors for the 2021 school year.

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