Tue. Oct 26th, 2021

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A new Gungahlin elementary school can be named after a native artist, biologist, marine scientist or explorer – it’s all in the hands of society. The public can now vote on the name and logo of the new school in Throsby, a $ 43 million preschool for school year 6, due to open next year. The names of four prominent Australians have been put forward as possible names for the school. Clifford ‘Possum’ Tjapaltjarri was an Anmatyerr man and a pioneer in the art movement of the western desert. Naturalist and biologist John Calaby resided in Canberra, contributing significantly to the science of zoology, ecology and Australian mammals. Shirley Jeffrey was a marine scientist and naturalist known for her leading work in oceanographic research. Charles Throsby was an English surgeon, settler, and explorer who explored the land around Bathurst, Lake George, and the Murrumbidgee River. The suburb of Throsby was named after him in 1992. Four different uniforms and logo concepts have been put to the vote. One has a hand-drawn Bettong, which is a small mouse-like creature reintroduced into Mulligans Flat after being close to extinction. The second design includes a eucalyptus leaf that symbolizes the thriving nature of students, school and society as they connect to the surrounding landscape. The third design shows the sunrise over Throsby through an angular window frame, which may indicate a new beginning or start of a journey. The fourth design shows a fat tree that can symbolize life, prosperity, strength and stable growth. READ MORE: Annamaria Zuffo has been appointed as the school’s principal, and Mitch Bartholomew has been appointed deputy principal. The new school will cater for 132 pre-school students and 450 kindergartens for year 6. It will be ACT’s third zero-emission school and will be the first community facility for the area. “I look forward to Canberra’s 90th Elementary School opening its doors for the 2022 school year,” said Education Minister Yvette Berry. Visit yoursayconversations.act.gov.au/new-public-school-throsby. to vote before 15 October. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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