Refugee Support

Northern Bay College supports students to be successful in their education by building strong relationships with teaching staff, multicultural education aides, school leaders and the wider Geelong community to build their skills and have the best chance of success in their new surroundings.

NBC is proud of the strong relationships developed giving valuable opportunities to students and families to grow their capacity in the local community.

As part of the Victorian government’s implementation of the Victorian African Communities Action Plan (VACAP), The Department of Education and Training (DET) began funding Northern Bay College in 2020 to employ a School Community Liaison Officer (SCLO African). The SCLO role fosters relationships between the college and our African students and helps families navigate the Australian education system.

The SCLO bridges the college, students and parents through advocacy, information, and knowledge sharing, clarifying cultural nuances and generational conflicts to create harmony. The SCLO works with other African liaison officers employed by DET across Victoria to address the needs of African students, their families, and their respective communities."

Both our staff and students come form Refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Here are their stories