Hobart City Partner Schools

School Logo Update – September 2021

Community consultation on the Hobart City High School logo has now concluded.

In response to a recent survey, 1051 responses were received – thank you to everyone who responded to the survey. The preferred logo design selected by the majority of respondents is based on the pattern that the Southern Cross makes as it moves around the southern sky throughout the year.

More information, including a copy of the selected design, is included in the Hobart City High School Logo Survey – What we Discovered Report.

About the Logo Design

From what we heard through our consultation, there is a strong desire for this school to be a ‘lighthouse school’, a guiding light and the best example of education in the state.  

The Southern Cross perfectly reflects this idea. The new logo design is based on the pattern that the Southern Cross makes as it moves around the southern sky throughout the year. A shape which is also echoed in many of the endemic species of the mountain and the river.

The stars are represented at their varying sizes, and the use of colour reflects not just the seasons in which the Southern Cross appears in each position in the sky, but also diversity of students and their ideas coming from rich cultural backgrounds

This provides a real feeling of diversity in the logo, where it can also be seen to be representing our community, our staff and our students. The shape and the colour variation create a sense of joy, positivity, aspiration and inclusion. The circular configuration, which also echoes the logos of Elizabeth College and Ogilvie logos, represents students and teachers and their ideas working together, where each individual contributes to our whole school community.

A sense of place, while expressed differently, is also important in the logo concept. Colour inspiration has been drawn from the mountain in particular, from local fauna to the colours of the sky above Hobart and the mountain.  A desire to see ‘difference’ was one of the clearest themes that came through the community engagement. The logo represents a fresh start, but also acknowledges that the heritage and traditions of the schools are important too, so some colours have been included to provide a nod to both Ogilvie and New Town.

School Name Update – 2 September 2021

The Minister for Education has announced that Hobart City High School is the proposed name of the new school, formed through the merger of Ogilvie and New Town High Schools next year. 

This is a significant step in forming the identity for the school and follows an extensive engagement exercise with the school community and a range of stakeholders.

The clear consultation feedback was that the community wanted a name based on the location of the school, with Hobart City High School identified.

To honour the history and tradition of each of the current schools, and in response to feedback, the two school sites will be known as Ogilvie and New Town campuses.

It also provides a sense of continuity for the community as the Hobart City Partnership Schools brand has developed over recent years in an important, and continuing, partnership with Elizabeth College. 

Now that we have our proposed name, work will continue on a new visual identity to sit alongside!

Please read our Name and Identity Consultation Report for further information.


Hobart City Partner Schools – Preferred Model Update March 2021

Since the announcement in November 2020 that Ogilvie High School and New Town High School will become co-educational in 2022 as part of the next phase of the Hobart City Partner Schools collaboration with Elizabeth College, steady progress has been made in planning for the change in education delivery. 

These schools have been working closely and diligently with their staff, students and combined School Association Reference Group to develop a preferred co-educational delivery model. 

Commencing from 2022, the Department of Education will provide a Year 7–12 co-educational school, delivered across three campuses.  This model will be phased in over a four-year period (2022-2025).   

Work will continue with stakeholders to co-construct the new model to bring the school to fruition

A Fact Sheet[GA1]  has been developed which provides further information, including a more detailed outline of the preferred model and information about which campus students will attend from 2022.


Update November 2020

The Minister for Education has announced that Ogilvie High School and New Town High School will become co-educational in 2022 as part of the next phase of the Hobart City Partner Schools collaboration with Elizabeth College.

Following extensive research and feedback from community, the Tasmanian Government has agreed with the joint recommendation by the School Associations of each school.

This is a school and community led solution that will provide Hobart families with the co-educational option they want and ensure that the diverse needs of learners are met.

Through extensive consultation, we now know that the community want more co-educational opportunities and that their preference is to utilise existing infrastructure at the three Partner Schools.

It is a continuation of the journey these schools have been on since 2018, where they started working together to provide co-educational and complementary courses across the three sites.

This decision is also supported by research and evidence as part of the scenario testing that was undertaken in 2017-2018 to determine the feasibility of building a new inner-city high school in Hobart.

Report (PDF 8.96MB) has been prepared outlining the work undertaken in reaching this decision, including the Aurecon Feasibility work and Hobart City Partner Schools Survey results.

A set of FAQs has also been developed for further information.

The Hobart City Partner Schools welcome your feedback, which you can provide to getinvolved@education.tas.gov.au.