Mirrabooka Senior High School to change name to Dianella Secondary College from 2017

School captain Layla Bicic, principal Wayne Austin and co-school captain Alexander Zaw-Moe.
School captain Layla Bicic, principal Wayne Austin and co-school captain Alexander Zaw-Moe.

MIRRABOOKA Senior High School will be changing its name to Dianella Secondary College in 2017.

Principal Wayne Austin said the rebranding was a unanimous decision.

“We made the decision after consulting with our staff, students, community and P&C and we also consulted with the Mirrabooka Education Precinct Board, which signed off on the final decision,” he said.

“As a school, we are committed to providing an educational experience that is relevant in working in a modern world.”

Mr Austin said the school needed to remain relevant to the community.

“The name change will be an impetus for positive change and a vehicle for our school to explore a range of innovative opportunities to enhance students’ learning,” he said.

The school will be establishing a new logo, uniform, motto and new scholarships but Mr Austin said many aspects of the school would not change.

“We will remain a school that values diversity and has a high expectation of academic excellence and student success,” he said.

He said there would be no additional costs for families.

“School uniforms will be introduced at the end of the year and will be phased in over two years… this will allow parents to buy uniforms as required,” he said.

“We will continue to address families’ financial situations on a case by case basis and provide support where possible.”

New uniform prices were expected to be similar to existing prices.

He also said staff and students gave positive responses to the rebranding.

“Our staff is excited about the new opportunities and they will use the change as the impetus to explore new programs in their classrooms,” he said.

“Our student executive council will continue to play a role in shaping the future.”

Dianella Heights Primary School principal Greg Sullivan said the rebranding of Mirrabooka SHS would not affect their school because they were not in the same area.