Culturally Supportive Environment

CULTURALLY SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT

Tranby supports our students with a culturally rich and conducive learning environment.

To achieve this, we ensure that Tranby promotes and supports:

  • Indigenous Adult Learning Styles
  • A Positive Learning Environment
  • Social and Cultural Support – activities and events
  • Emotional Support – counselling and advice
  • Physical Comfort – food, accommodation

RELEVANT TO YOUR COMMUNITY

All of our courses share knowledge that is immediately applicable back in your own community.  Gaining knowledge, skills and personal awareness results in empowered choices for students and their communities.

Empowered students equals empowered communities. At Tranby we:

  • Offer access to opportunities – employment and/or further studies
  • Build resilience in students such as finding capabilities and strengths
  • Promote independent learning; and
  • Create and inspire leaders in our community, organisations, programs and services.

HOW WE DO IT DIFFERENTLY

INDIGENOUS ROOTS

At Tranby, most of our staff and board members either identify as Indigenous, or have experience working with Indigenous communities. As a result, knowledge and understanding of culture, way of life and tradition is ingrained in everything we do. By combining this understanding with thorough assessment and delivery practices, we ensure that our students achieve academic excellence in their studies.

HANDY LOCATION RICH IN HERITAGE

Tranby is a vibrant campus located in Glebe, Sydney, just fifteen minutes from the CBD and close to regular public transport, shops and cafes. We offer a rich cultural environment and heritage, with displaying Aboriginal artists, and access to all historic material in the Tranby Library, which holds the largest collection of Indigenous literature outside of the State Library of New South Wales.

ELDER IN RESIDENCE

Tranby has an Elder in Residence on campus during block, in addition to our Student Engagement Officer. Having elders on campus provides students with the emotional support and guidance they need to succeed in their studies while balancing their personal and family life. This ensures that our students are well supported while dealing with challenges such as being away from their families and communities.

INDIVIDUAL LEARNING SUPPORT

Each student will establish a learning plan that covers the student’s learning needs, support and goals at the commencement of each block. As part of this, tutors can be matched with students where needed, and additional support can be provided. We also have mentors available through the Jawun Alumni program for students to keep in contact with while studying. There are also on-hand volunteer student tutors to guide students through their studies, both on and off block. Tranby is designed with your learning and cultural needs in mind.

BALANCED STRUCTURE OF LEARNING

Our block training method suits our student’s need to balance life, family, community and study. The chosen course content and activities focus on learning-through-doing with a variety of role plays, group discussion, close-to-home case studies, guest speakers and field trips which are designed for Indigenous students and those who wish to learn about Indigenous matters. Our block release course delivery structure allows participants the flexibility to also maintain full-time work while undertaking their course.

EXCELLENT ACCOMMODATION

Tranby provides travel and logistics support services to students who are required to travel large distances to the Glebe campus and engages the services of a dedicated travel agent to make your arrangements. For those students from out of town, Tranby arranges your accommodation at the Best Western Haven Inn, Glebe. The hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from Tranby, on Glebe Point Road. The hotel has recently been renovated and student feedback has been excellent with regard to their new upgrade.

INDIGENOUS CLASSROOM DESIGN

Our purpose built ‘camp fire’ style classrooms facilitate the sharing of knowledge and stories in an engaging way that enhances learning and supports Indigenous learning styles.

ACCESS TO THE BEST RESOURCES

Even when students aren’t at block, they are welcome to access Tranby computers, printers and our library to keep in touch and up to date with their course work and access resources. We also have our Art Space, which is a creative space for students to do their art and have a yarn.

AN AMAZING INDIGENOUS LIBRARY WITH ON-CAMPUS LIBRARIANS

Tranby students have access to all material in the Tranby Library, which holds the largest collection of Indigenous literature outside of the State Library of New South Wales. We have volunteer librarians available as extra support for students in locating resources. 


FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR YOU

Away from Base travel allowances cover the cost of flights and accommodation for our non-Sydney city students. Additionally, all students receive lunch and morning tea when on campus. With a few exceptions, most of our courses are paid for through a mix of Government funding and philanthropic donations so learning is at no expense to our students.

INTERESTING GUEST SPEAKERS

We host a wide range of guest speakers during block to support the topics delivered for each course, which include Community Speakers and industry and professional speakers. We also enlist guest speakers throughout the year, to talk on a wide range of topics such as health and well-being, financial management, goal setting, managing family relationships, and many more. Tranby even has Aboriginal story tellers and an Elder in Residence.

SPACES FOR CREATIVITY & REST

Our campus is a home away from home, and our student's comfort is a priority. We have indoor and outdoor dining areas, a student BBQ, a dedicated student art room for our students' enjoyment, and a student lounge room for relaxation. In addition to our indoor spaces, we also have the most beautiful campus, with plenty of outdoor areas to relax in, including a serene friendship garden, purely for student use.

STRONG LEGACY & ALUMNI

Over the years, Tranby has educated and empowered thousands of students, many of whom still enjoy being involved with Tranby and the success of our current students. Our Alumni are often called upon to be guest speakers or volunteers. Our students study with a broad range of people from differing backgrounds, parts of Australia and connection as an Indigenous Australian. With this comes great diversity, friendships and interesting perspectives for classroom discussion.

WELCOMING HOME-STYLE ENVIRONMENT

Our campus is a calm oasis, offering a peaceful, tranquil environment, far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Tranby creates a safe, warm and homely private space for our students to learn and grow. It is not uncommon for students to say they feel like they are walking into someone’s home when they come to Tranby for their block study.