THE new school year brings change for many families, but an especially big change has been made at a Bendigo school.

One of the city’s biggest education providers has a new name, with Catholic College Bendigo now known as Catherine McAuley College.

Students returned to school today at the college’s Bendigo and Junortoun campuses, adorned in new uniforms.

The school says it follows months of transition and reflects a new direction for the college which has provided education under the governance of the Sisters of Mercy to the Bendigo area for 142 years.

It is named in honour of Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831 and established many foundations to educate and support women, children and the poor. 

The school’s two campuses also have new names, with the Junortoun campus to assume the Coolock name previously held by the Barkly Street site. 

That campus will now be known as St Mary’s, honouring the name by which the college was known before it became CCB.

Work at the Junortoun campus to construct a specialised science, technology, engineering and maths building to further growth in those subjects.

The building is expected to be complete by term three of the school year.