Terra Sancta College in Sydney's west will be renamed St John Paul II Catholic College despite opposition from some former students, The Daily Telegraph reports.
The sudden name change for the college in Schofields and Quakers Hill was announced by Bishop Anthony Fisher last week to honour the late Pope who founded the Parramatta diocese during his 1986 visit.
An online petition on PetitionBuzz, opposing the name change, which had collected more than 1000 signatures, was pulled down on the weekend without a reason. Efforts to contact the former student who began the petition were unsuccessful.
However, the Save TSC Facebook page, also begun by a former student, had more than 820 likes by Monday with ex-students also venting their anger on Twitter.
Terra Sancta College co-operating principal, Jim Fanning, said the school was aware some parents and former students were upset about the name change.
'Yes, I am aware of concerns in the community and the online petition which is hard to work out as the origin of it is unknown,' Mr Fanning said.
'I have spoken to parents and others who had concerns about the new name and when I explained the reasons and the fact we won't be changing our values, they were quite happy about it.
'I invite anyone who has any concerns to either contact the school or me so we could speak to them about it.'
Former student Russell Noble said some students felt of a loss of identity.
'We are attached to the name and this name change has come out of the blue with no consultation,' he said.