60 Students for 60 Years Project
I love the fact that Tranby is an Indigenous College ... for it to have been here for so long and to have survived through different governments and funding bodies - I take my hat off to Tranby.
Being at Tranby is good for the soul. To meet and yarn with other Blackfellas and build connections makes the time away from home easier. And you gain from a really strong network.
Tranby is somewhere you feel valued, respected and appreciated. There is not a day on block that I don’t feel that I belong or part of a family network. Tranby is a place where you meet like-minded individuals who want to gain the skills necessary to go back to their home communities and empower other individuals. Ultimately the Tranby learning environment is a home away from home.
Throughout a rough and trying couple of years, my decision to come to Tranby this year has been life-changing. The sense of family that exudes from all the staff is wonderful and meeting and creating new friendships is invaluable. I have had experience opportunities such as attending a Bali Scholarship trip, that has shifted the way I think and view the world. For this I am forever grateful! Thank you Tranby!”
It doesn’t matter what part of the country you’re from, we’re all brothers and sisters here. I'm a Biripi man from the mid-north coast of New South Wales, just west of Port Macquarie. I’m the chair of the local land council and so taking Tranby’s Governance course was not just important for me personally, it was really relevant to my work. As an organization we now know that we’ve got good governance, and we know that we’re working properly. I came to Tranby with an open mind. As I started the journey through the course it really opened my eyes to how land council should be run, and I now believe it’s something that all board members should undertake. The quality of a board is only as good as its members’ training, and his course is one of the best I’ve done for many years. I grew up with the view in my family that you need to knuckle down because you only get out what you put in. I’ve tried to do that with everything in life "you reap what you sow". It’s a philosophy that held me in good stead. The course opened my eyes to modern-day learning. Other studies I’ve done have been more generalized but this is specifically for Aboriginal people. The networks I’ve made with other land councils around the state and with other students involved in the community have been really good. This is one of the better institutions I’ve attended over the years. It’s not only culturally appropriate, it’s also more relaxed. You feel welcome. It doesn’t matter what part of the country you’re from, we’re all brothers and sisters here.
I’m learning everything. I’m in the area where I want to be. Tranby has been a stepping stone for me. I’m a Bundjalung woman. I graduated from high school in 2010 and knew I wanted to go to university but I just didn’t have the confidence or faith in myself to take that step. I heard about Tranby and the opportunities for Indigenous students and thought ‘Why not take it?’ So I applied and I got in and the experience since then has been awesome. I wanted to study law but I didn’t know how to start, what to do or where to go. The teachers at Tranby gave me so much support. They bend over backwards for you and they push you and tell you that you can do it and then you start to believe that you really can do it. That’s how it happens. My memory of the classroom was that you’d go in, listen to the teacher and do your work. It’s so different at Tranby. The students are all different ages and from all over Australia. We all talk and we all teach each other. It’s made me open to different ways. You learn from that. I organized an Adult Learners’ Week engagement at Tranby. I invited all my aunties along to talk about the different pathways of their lives and now they’re on their way to Tranby as well! Its funny because they’re following me, it’s a family affair. If you’re thinking about coming to Tranby, don’t think too hard, just get in and do it. You’ll get so much support to help you achieve your goals. I used to work for the Aboriginal Legal Service. I came to Tranby with the hope that I’d get enough confidence to apply for uni. Now I’m doing my law degree and I work as a court officer at the Attorney- General’s department. I’m learning everything. I’m in the area where I want to be.
Tranby was where I needed to be to continue the learning journey that I’d left unfinished. I’d never graduated from anything. I left school in Year 9 to become a mother, I was just 16 years old. Another four children later and all I wanted to do was work and provide. I had to just to survive. But I wanted more from life. I knew Tranby was where I needed to be to continue the learning journey that I’d left unfinished so many years ago. I felt privileged when I came to Tranby. Why? Because I made new friends, I shared stories with people from all over the country and I felt like I was connecting with people. I’d written a lot of short stories but I'd never thought of my work as poems until I came to Tranby. I remember on the first day of class someone saw me writing and asked ‘ What are you doing Barbara?’ One of my fellow classmates looked over my shoulder and said ‘Why, that’s a poem’. I said ‘no its not, that’s just the way I feel’. But after that I pulled out all of the pieces of paper and notebooks I'd written in and thought ‘Wait a minute, maybe these fellas are right. These are stories about my life, my experiences, my journey.’ Tranby has been a part of my self-healing. It’s a place where I can come to stay focused on my learning. I’m a proud mother of five and a grandmother of eleven but there’s something more for me. I needed to come to Tranby to know that I was okay in the world that I live in. Even without school qualifications my life journey has provided me with a lot of history and important lessons and its these lessons that I can now share with my fellow students.
It’s just the environment that makes it so easy.
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