Illawarra Senior College will rebrand itself as Five Islands Secondary College from next year to better reflect the school’s changing student body.
Principal Col Harris said the new name was the result of lengthy consultation with college staff and the wider local community.
‘‘The decision was based on the evolving and changing role of the college,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re obviously working more towards students with both a strong academic and vocational focus, we’ve increased the number of students that are engaging in traineeships and apprenticeships and also the number of students who are seeking university entrance.
‘‘The name reflects this change in nature and also acknowledges the local Aboriginal people to an extent.’’
He said the name change had been in the planning stages for about two years, but was only finally approved by the necessary government bodies on October 11.
The new moniker will take effect from the first term of 2014, giving the college plenty of time to come up with a new logo that incorporates its namesake landmarks.
Mr Harris said the school would continue to provide quality education to students completing years 10, 11 and 12.
The name change comes as the school gears up to celebrate its 20th anniversary this month.
Two decades of education will be marked through a celebration on Saturday, November 23, with visits from Illawarra politicians, a display of school memorabilia and an invitation for all past, present and possible students to check out the grounds and share their stories.
The college will be open for viewing between 10am and noon.