Phoenix College a new name change for Sebastopol

By Jennifer Greive
Updated November 2 2012 - 6:18pm, first published December 2 2011 - 1:02pm
NEW NAME: School captains Clare Henstridge and Mark Simmonds with college principal Scott Dellar annnounce the new name of Sebastopol College and Redan Primary School which will now be known as Phoenix P-12 Community College.
NEW NAME: School captains Clare Henstridge and Mark Simmonds with college principal Scott Dellar annnounce the new name of Sebastopol College and Redan Primary School which will now be known as Phoenix P-12 Community College.

IT WILL be a case of rising out of the ashes for Sebastopol College and Redan Primary School, when the two schools take on their new name Phoenix P-12 Community College at the start of next year.The schools, which have operated under the interim name of Ballarat South Community Learning Precinct since merging last year, have decided on their new name after 12 months of consultation with staff, students and parents.Executive principal Scott Dellar said ‘Phoenix’ was chosen because of its link to Ballarat’s Gold Rush era.The Phoenix mine was an active gold mine located near the corner of Spencer and Morgan streets, south of the school.Mr Dellar said the school had considered five different options for its new name, including Phoenix, Eureka or South Star P-12 Community College.He said the name change marked the next step in a major redevelopment for the school site, which will be transformed into the Ballarat South Community Hub over the next ten years.“The main thing is that people understand this is not a school site anymore – this is a community site,” he said.“This is going to be a central part of the South West region.“We want to grow the community.”All of the buildings at the Sebastopol campus will be demolished to make way for a $35 million school redevelopment.The state government has already pledged $18 million to the project.Phoenix P-12 Community College will form part of the Ballarat South Community Hub, which is set to include a community health centre, a dental service, maternal health centre, child care centre, kindergarten and playgroup and adult learning centre, as well as an auditorium and recreational facilities.

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