North Gungahlin’s new primary school in the suburb of Taylor has unveiled its name, colours and school logo after local families, teachers and parents had their say on the visual identity of Canberra’s newest school.
The new school facility will be called Margaret Hendry School and red and black selected as the uniform colours for its 600 primary school students when it opens for the first day of the school year in 2019.
ACT Education Minister Yvette Berry said feedback was received through online voting, resident drop-in sessions, emails and social media which helped finalise the different aspects of the school’s identity.
“It was important to me to provide an avenue for local families to become connected to the school community well before the start of the new school year in 2019,” Ms Berry said.
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Ms Berry said the uniform was developed with consideration given to gender neutrality, ease of manufacture, ease of matching colour and distinctiveness from other Gungahlin schools.
The new school is projected to cost $32.069 million, with funding allocated from the 2015-16 and 2017-18 ACT Budgets.
It will cater to students from preschool to Year 6 from the North Gungahlin suburbs of Taylor, Moncrieff and Casey, which is a shared priority enrolment area for Gold Creek School.
The planning also allows for the accommodation of an additional 150 primary school students, and potentially a year 7-10 expansion if required to cater for future growth.
The school will be the first community facility provided in Taylor, with the inclusion of two playing fields, and the wider community being able to hire the school hall, oval and meeting rooms for a range of activities and gatherings.
The new school will also include a resource centre, canteen, out of hours school care facilities, and great outdoor learning and play areas.
The school was named after Margaret Hendry, one of the few women who played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Australia’s national capital. In 1992, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the community, for her efforts in seeking equality for women and for her significance as a role model for women in landscape architecture.
The ACT Education Directorate considered naming the school after Florence Taylor, whom the suburb of Taylor is named after but believed the name Florence Taylor Primary School was seen as too similar to the existing school, Taylor Primary School (located in Kambah).