Ages and Stages of schooling

Prep – 2 and Years 3-5 Learning Communities

During the first stages of learning Northern Bay College teachers aim to create a safe and happy environment where our students are valued, praised and encouraged and where student success is expected.
From Prep to Year 5, students are encouraged to make sense of the world around them through real-life experiences.

The Northern Bay College curriculum for Prep to Year 5 emphasizes literacy and numeracy skills. There are also opportunities for the development of physical, creative and information and communication technology skills, as students are encouraged to explore their world.

Year 6-8 Learning Communities

This stage of schooling, coincides with early adolescence. This is a time when many students are developing rapidly – physically, mentally and emotionally and where student success is expected.
The Northern Bay College P-8 campuses have established Years 6 to 8 Learning Communities to ensure students are challenged and their literacy and numeracy skills continue to grow. The program is also designed to support the transition of students into the next level of schooling.

In this stage of learning the curriculum requires students to ask more developed and focused questions as well as investigating a variety of issues. Students are encouraged to participate in situations and problems that relate to real life, and to work with the local community and use resources outside their school. Students will also undertake Science and Technology Studies subjects in specialist facilities.

At the Goldsworthy Road Campus (Link to Campus Website)


Year 9 - 12 Learning Communities

The senior years of secondary education focus on the individual’s pathway into, through and beyond the Goldsworthy Campus. Upon entering their senior years of study, Year 9 students engage in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Health and Physical Education classes for four hours per week. In addition to this, students select semester based electives in the domains of Art and Technology. Our Year 9 students are provided with an amazing opportunity to participate in the Heroes Journey a focused, term-long program, with a five-week residential component. This unique experience focuses on making a positive difference in our students’ lives and the lives of others. The philosophy is based on the premise that education is as much an academic pursuit as it is a personal journey of self-discovery. Students in Year 9 begin to discover a number of career pathway opportunities through exposure to Straight Talk and Tertiary Futures Program.

At Year 10, our senior students begin to make more informed choices when exploring their pathways for the future. This aims to equip them for tertiary education, training and employment. A strong emphasis is placed on exposing our students to a variety of pathways through our ASPIRE program, Vocational Starting Right, Work Experience and once in a life time opportunities like Generation G where some of our students are selected to explore international study through an overseas experience. The Northern Bay College senior campus offers a variety of pathways for our students:

  • VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) – the common pathway for students considering further study at university, TAFE (Technical and Further Education) or entering employment.
  • VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) – offering practical work-related experiences, this is often the preferred pathway for increasing the readiness of students considering careers with an apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • VETiS (Vocational Education and Training in Schools) - VETiS programs are vocational training programs. Goldsworthy Campus is the main site in the delivery of the Northern VET Cluster, utilising the Geelong Industry Trade Training Centre (GITTC). In addition to the GITTC, the senior campus offers a number of other VETiS courses.
  • VCE/VET programs lead to nationally recognised qualifications, thereby offering students the opportunity to gain both the VCE and a nationally portable VET qualification.
  • VET/School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT) are an essential requirement for a VCAL pathway.