Culturally Supportive Environment

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

At Tranby we value input from students who have helped to build Tranby with their relationships and memories.

Recently we had a new edition to our staff here at Tranby, Dr. Sonya Pearce. Sonya comes from a long history of engagement in the education sector, and has brought this wealth of experience to Tranby to share with students and staff.

Engagement encompasses:

  • Building resilience in students such as finding capabilities and strengths;
  • Promoting independent learning; and
  • Creating and inspiring leaders in our community, organisations, programs and services.

To achieve this we are ensuring 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
  • Access to opportunities – employment and/or further studies.

Learning Support

Each student at the commencement of their block will sit down with the Student Engagement Officer to establish a learning plan that covers the student’s learning needs, support and goals. As part of this, tutors can be matched with students where needed.

Indigenous Roots

All of our staff and board members are either Indigenous themselves or have experience working in or with Indigenous communities. As a result, knowledge and understanding of the culture, way of life and tradition is ingrained in everything we do.

Interesting Peers

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.

Financial Support

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

Excellent Accommodation

For those students from out of town, Tranby arranges your accommodation at the Best Western Haven Glebe. The hotel is just a few minutes walk from Tranby, Glebe Point Road, and city-bound bus stops and has recently been renovated, and has a well equipped gym for guest use.

Location & Campus Size

Our campus is located in Glebe, close to regular public transport , shops and cafes. Having said this, because we’re tucked away in the suburban streets,  Tranby also creates a safe and private space for our students to learn and grow. We’re not a big  campus so our students can enjoy close relationships with our staff. It’s not uncommon for students  to say they feel like they’re walking into someone’s home when they return to Tranby for their  block study.

Small Class Sizes

We purposefully keep a cap on the sizes of our classes at Tranby to ensure that all students are given the attention they deserve to learn and grow.

Guest Speakers

We host a range of guest speakers during block for our students to facilitate personal growth and explore resilience topics such as goal setting, managing family relationships and healthy eating.

Spaces for Creativity & Rest

Beside the classrooms, we have a communal kitchen, outdoor dining area and BBQ, art room and lounge room for students to relax in.

Access to Resources

Even when students aren’t in their block training they are welcome to access computers, printer and library to keep in touch and up to date with their course work.

Structure of Learning

Our block training method suits our student’s need to balance life, 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.

Classroom Design

Our round circle ‘camp fire’ style learning set up facilitates the sharing of knowledge and stories in a engaging way that involves all students and enhances their learning.

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.

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 whilst balancing their personal and family life.

We also have mentors available through the Jawun Alumni program for students to keep in contact with while studying and on-hand volunteer student tutors to guide students through their studies.