Bendigo Senior Secondary College provides a fully supported educational, wellbeing and pathways program for indigenous students with a focus on one-to-one care, monitoring and assistance for both students and parents.
A number of programs are offered to our indigenous students at the school to support them in attaining their academic, extra-curricula and pathway goals. The Bendigo Indigenous Homework Centre (BIHC) operates out of the Language Centre but it is much more than just a homework space. Students can attend every Wednesday afternoon between 3.30-5.00 and gain assistance to complete course work, prepare for SACs and participate in a variety of cultural and leadership activities offered throughout the year. In addition, students can access the support of individual Wannik tutors who are all specialist VCE subject teachers.
The BIHC provides tutoring, pathway support, advice on tertiary placements, traineeships, apprenticeships and scholarships. Information on indigenous-specific programs outside the college is also collected and distributed by the Indigenous Support Coordinator, including guest speakers and programs and opportunities in the wider community. These include VIBE Alive!, NAIDOC week, the Ag Art Project at the Elmore Field Days, Gecko-Ed (a joint project with La Trobe University) and the residential Camp Jungai leadership camp.
We work closely with students, parents, families and community members in assisting students to complete their senior secondary qualifications and prepare them for further study or employment. Through the BIHC we welcome the participation and attendance of students and their families, along with members of the local indigenous community, at various functions and celebrations throughout the year.