Help name your school
The survey closed on Wednesday 15 July 2020. Thank you to everybody who completed the survey.
We asked you to tell us which name you think would best suit your new school.
We are looking for a school name that reflects the local community, inspires local pride and makes the school easily locatable.
Naming a public building requires approval from relevant authorities and consideration of Aboriginal languages, alongside other guiding principles (see ‘Further Information’ below).
Have your say
by ranking the proposed names that have been shortlisted by a Regional Advisory Group (RAG) from your local community.
Simply place the names in order of preference from first (1) to last (2).
- On desktop: drag and drop the school name from the left to the right column.
- On mobile: tap the options in order of your preference from 1 to 2.
Why these names?
Yowangeet Primary School:
The Yowangeet are a traditional group within the Wadawurrung clan for the area that the school is on.
Riverbend Primary School:
The school is close to the Werribee River, and the Riverbend Historical Park.
Wirribi-Yaluk Primary School:
Wirribi-Yulik is a local Aboriginal word meaning backbone or spine of the Werribee river.
Presidents' Park Primary School:
The school is in close proximity to Presidents' Park which is a well-known local landmark.
Thank you for your interest. This survey closed on Wednesday 15 July 2020.
Alternatively, you can submit your preferences in writing up until Wednesday 15 July.
VSBA Community Engagement Team
Department of Education and Training
GPO Box 4367
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 the coming months.
Thank you for your feedback.
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:
Naming guide for schools (Quick guide):
Naming rules for places in Victoria, statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities 2016 (Extended version):
Geographic Names Victoria: