Our Community

Northern Bay P-12 College is a strong learning environment which relies upon all of its community to work together to achieve the common goal: A positive educational experience for our young people with individualised pathways leading to employment or further education. We focus upon providing a well-resourced learning environment which caters for the individuality of our students, inclusive of ALL children. The College has both program and staffing commitment to ensure inclusion and equity for all A&TSI, CaLD and PSD students and caters for different learning needs and styles including acceleration.

Northern Bay College was formed in 2011 as a result of a merger of nine schools into one multi-campus College. Our aim is to provide a supportive, coordinated and consistent approach to the education and wellbeing of children and young people living in the Norlane and Corio area.

The process of regeneration of the Corio and Norlane government schools began in 2006 and was driven by the nine school communities working to ensure young people and their families in the northern suburbs of Geelong had access to high quality education in world class facilities. The refurbishment of the four junior campuses is nearly complete with extensive building work now required on the senior campus. Each campus by 2020 has newly constructed all weather sporting fields to support the SEED (Sporting Excellence Education Development) program, active play areas and general health, fitness and wellbeing.

Today Northern Bay College is a multi-campus school made up of four prep to year 8 campuses and one year 9 to year 12 campus. In addition to this, the college also runs a Kindergarten, a Child Care Centre, a Family Centre and manages a Trade Training Centre. We are also the host for two Geelong English Language Centre Outposts, run a Hands on Learning program and alternative programs for students at risk of disengagement.

The college has a long history of welcoming families from a refugee and asylum seeker background of Karen ethnicity from refugee camps along the Thai/Burmese border. In 2013 the college began to enrol families of middle eastern ethnicity, arriving mainly from refugee camps via Pakistan and Indonesia. More recently we have seen Karenni immigrants from Burma along with Arabic speaking refugees from Iraq and Syria. Increasingly our community has refugees and asylum seekers form the Sub-Continent and several african nations. Currently thirty percent of students have a first language other than English with eleven percent of our students being of Middle Eastern origin and nine percent Karen / Karenni. Seven percent of our students identify as Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders.

Northern Bay is an inclusive school