Proposals are being sought for a name to go above the door of the new Anderson High School’s hall of residence, which is steadily emerging as part of the far-reaching project at Clickimin.
But waggish suggestions, such as those put forward to the Natural Environmental Research Council, will quickly fall by the wayside, members at Monday’s education and families committee meeting were told.
The NERC found itself with a bit of a head-scratcher when top among suggested internet names for a multi-million pound research ship was Boaty McBoatface.
SIC director of children’s services Helen Budge stressed the decision on the name would come before elected members, who would have the final say.
“The decision will come back to this table. I’ll come with a list of possibilities and it will be for you to make that decision,” she told members today.
Political leader Gary Robinson stressed it was not a “popularity contest”.
“It doesn’t matter how many times they put in Boaty McBoatface, we’re not calling it that,” he stressed.
North Isles member Gary Cleaver wondered aloud why a new name needed to be selected at all.
“We’re calling it the Anderson High School Hall of Residence. Hasn’t it already been named? We’re not calling it Project X,” he said.
“I wonder if the days of deferred patronage by naming buildings after dead people is a good precedent to follow.”
Nonetheless, consultation is due to run between 20th April and 8th June on what the new name could be, and anyone can put forward their suggestions.
A report by Mrs Budge said consultation would also be carried out with youngsters staying in the current Janet Courtney Hostel, as well as those in other schools who will come into the accommodation block in future years.
The Janet Courtney is named out of respect for the benefactor of the Carnegie Trust. However, the trust has no link to the new hall of residence – hence the call for a new name.
Anyone interested are invited to respond by making a submission to: Children’s Services
Hayfield House, Hayfield Lane, Lerwick, ZE1 0QD or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A form is also available at Hayfeld House for convenience, although its use is not compulsory.