What to name the new Ballina super school?
BALLINA'S Janelle Moss can understand the need to combine the two local public high schools into a superschool, but doesn't see why the name Ballina High School can't be retained.
She is reacting to a recent insert into the school newsletters calling on suggestions for the new high school, which will combine Southern Cross 7-12 and Ballina High and is due to open in 2019.
Some of the suggestions already collected include Shelly Beach High, Pandanus High, Shaws Bay High and Bunjum Secondary College.
Then there is Peppercorn College, referring to Frederick Peppercorn who first surveyed the school site, Ballina Beach High, North Coast College, Ballina Foundation for Learning and Engagement and Ballina School of Open Learning.
One suggestion that particularly perplexed Mrs Moss was Sky High.
Janelle's hree siblings and four those of husband Trevor, along with their three children, collectively make up "53 years of walking down those hallways" of Ballina High School.
"I understand there needs to be a new school, but why do they have to change the name?"Janelle said.
She said those who have attended Ballina High maintain a connection to the school - Janelle has organised three reunions of her cohorts.
Hollywood star Simon Baker and Olympic walker Kerry Saxby-Junna are two of the most famous people who went to Ballina High School.
Next year will mark the 60th anniversary since the Ballina school became a high school.
The school was established in 1929 as an Intermediate High School in 1929.
A survey is currently being undertaken to lodge suggestions for the name of the new school.