Help name your school

We are consulting with local communities on the names of the new schools set to open in 2020.

We want your help to find a name that reflects the school's unique identity, inspires local pride and makes the school easily locatable.

Have your say

Tell us which school name you like best by ranking the proposed names that have been shortlisted by a School Advisory Group (SAG) from your local community.

Naming a public building is a complex process that involves approval with emergency services authorities, consideration of Aboriginal languages and other guiding principles (see ‘further information’).


Simply place the names in order of preference from first (1) to last (3).

PC USERS: drag and drop the school name from the left to the right column.

MOBILE USERS: tap the options in order of your preference from 1 to 3.

  1. Homestead Senior Secondary College #
  2. Homestead 10 - 12 College #
  3. Chirnside Senior Secondary College #

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Why these names?

Homestead Senior Secondary College:

The school is located on the Point Cook Homestead Road, and is in close proximity to the Point Cook Homestead complex (approx. 2.5km) which is of historical, aesthetic and scientific significance to the state of Victoria.

Homestead 10-12 College:

The school is located on the Point Cook Homestead Road, and is in close proximity to the Point Cook Homestead complex (approx. 2.5km) which is of historical, aesthetic and scientific significance to the state of Victoria.

Chirnside Senior Secondary College:

There is a clear historical connection to the family name of Chirnside, whose history in the area is well known and documented.

Written submissions

Alternatively, you can submit your preferences in writing up until Friday 26 July 2019.

Address: VSBA Community Engagement Team, Department of Education and Training,

GPO Box 4367, Melbourne 3001.

Only one Engage Victoria online or written submission will be accepted per person.

Next steps

Thank you for your feedback.

Your preferences will be used to inform the Department of Education’s final decision on the school name in conjunction with the guiding principles for naming a new school. The new school name will be announced in term 4, 2019.

Further information

Naming a public building is a complex process that takes several months to complete. Here is a summary of the guiding principles involved. A school name should:

  • Ensure public safety and operational safety for emergency response - without causing confusion for transport, communication and mail services
  • Recognise public interest - the long-term effect of the name on the wider community
  • Link the name to place - be relevant to the local area
  • Avoid duplication of a school name within 30km radius
  • Not be discriminatory
  • Recognise and consider use of Aboriginal languages, subject to agreement from the relevant Traditional Custodian group(s)
  • Review the use of dual names where applicable
  • Avoid the names of people still living
  • Not be named after commercial businesses, trade names, estate names or non-profit organisations
  • Use standard Australian English or a recognised format of an Aboriginal language local to the area (except proper nouns); include school provision; exclude numeric value, ‘the’ as a prefix, apostrophes and abbreviations (except for St/saint)
  • Not include directional language other than the locality.

Department of Education and Training (DET) School Naming policy:

education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/spag/management/Pages/nameschool.aspx

Naming guide for schools (Quick guide):

education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/principals/spag/management/namingguideforschools.docx

Naming rules for places in Victoria, statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities 2016 (Extended version):

www.propertyandlandtitles.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/word_doc/0025/87091/Naming-rules-for-places-in-Victoria-5-10-2017.docx

Geographic Names Victoria:

www.propertyandlandtitles.vic.gov.au/namingplaces