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UC takes over the name of two schools

johnboy 22 March 2011 22

Andrew Barr has announced that he’s handed over the names of two schools to the University of Canberra:

Today I launched the University of Canberra (UC) partnership with the ACT Department of Education and Training, which sees Lake Ginninderra College and Kaleen High School officially become the University of Canberra Senior Secondary College, Lake Ginninderra and the University of Canberra High School, Kaleen.

The UC partnership with these two schools is one of the most significant in the history of ACT public schooling and a first for Australia.

Long experience of ACT Government attempts to innovate do not inspire confidence.

One wonders why a general agreement to give all schools access to university resources would not have been preferable to an exclusive deal with naming rights changing hands to the Territory’s schools.

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22 Responses to UC takes over the name of two schools
housebound housebound 12:18 pm 30 Mar 11

UCKHS – ughhhh

GraceMaybe GraceMaybe 7:22 pm 23 Aug 11

I-filed said :

UC is straightsville and largely Asian. Kaleen High is polarised between Cronulla-esque/druggie/”Mediterranean” gang member/ types (according to my friend who teaches there). The branding on this venture is going to be interesting. I guess it will simply be fractured – like any of UC’s sad and failed branding.

Do people think about what they say on the net, or does the thought not go through filters before you type?

According to your friend who teaches at my school, I doubt your friend is at all liked by any of the students. I know that all of the teachers that are liked by students, know almost all the students well enough to know that they are not the stereo-typical kids that everyone thinks they are. Everyone at my school knows each other, we are small enough to know most, if not all, the students names in the school and know them personally. We look out for each other and look after our classmates with disabilities. Even teachers don’t really know how lovely the students really are. Also, just because someone has a Mediterranean, islander or middle-eastern, doesn’t mean they are gang-type or druggies, that, my friend is RACIST!

Gerry-Built said :

I’m not exactly sure what the benefit to any of the institutions actually is – are they simply a naming rights sponsor?

We are getting numerous opportunities to work with the university, a lot more excursions and we are also getting access to the UC library (which is a large improvement seeing that neither the school library or ACT library are very good at all.) and study sessions at the UC.

boobook said :

Gungahlin Al said :

And the naming – just doesn’t work does it?

Funnily enough, it has apparently caused some comment already: one of my kiddies goes to UCKHS and recently attended an ACTPS/student forum on, well, something or other, and said child reported that his cohort was consistently mis-identified as “Canberra High School”, as a result of an insistence on the “branding” being expressed as “UNIVERSITY of CANBERRA …(pause) kaleenHIGHschool” rather than say “UC Kaleen High”.

Being a crafty bunch of teenagers, and having been made to remove their uniform shirts to wear convention sponsor shirts instead, they spotted the opportunity for some light-weight mischief under cover of this mistaken identity and proceeded to defraud the Territory of a few kilos of Mentos courtesy sweets and raid the food tables. No idea what the convention was about, but they ate well that day. Thanks Mr Barr.

It’s actually UCHSK University of Canberra High School KALEEN, the Kaleen part goes last. I went to that, that was really fun, and our table was not the only one to be taking advantage of the free food, and our name wouldn’t have changed that fact. The Summit was a ACT summit with 6 year 9’s from a LOT of schools from all over the ACT and we did a leadership workshop and then we did a lot of things based around the digital world and cyber bullying, which is a very important topic.

Although the changing of the name may be a bit over the top, the partnership is very beneficial to students and teachers.

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