We are building a new years 7-9 junior campus for Wonthaggi Secondary College in San Remo, adding to the college's two existing campuses, including the recently opened McKenzie Street Senior Campus.

The three campuses will provide families across Philip Island, San Remo and the waterline area with more accessible public education options.


We consulted on a new name for Wonthaggi Secondary College from Thursday 11 February - Thursday 4 March 2021.

Help name your school

Thank you for having your say on the new name for Wonthaggi Secondary College. We consulted with the community from Thursday 11 February - Thursday 4 March 2021.

We asked you to tell us which name you think would best suit your school.

A name that reflects the local community, inspires local pride and makes the school easily locatable across all three campuses.

Naming a public school requires approval from relevant authorities and consideration of Aboriginal languages, alongside other guiding principles (see ‘Further Information’ below).

Why these names?

Bass Coast College: Based in Bass Coast Shire.

Bass Coast Regional College: Based in Bass Coast Shire and new campus (San Remo) will span more of the shire.

Have your say

Tell us which school name you like best by ranking the proposed names that have been shortlisted by the School Council.

Choose the school names in order of preference from first to last:

  • 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.

Complete an online survey

Send us a written submission

Alternatively, you can submit your preferences in writing by post up until Thursday 4 March 2021.

Mailing address:

VSBA Community Engagement Team
Department of Education and Training
GPO Box 4367
Melbourne 3001


Next steps

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 renaming school.

The new school name will be announced in the coming months.

Thank you for your feedback.

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