Delany College wins prestigious award

Delany wins top education award
Delany wins top education award

Delany College has been ranked alongside Australia’s best schools after being named a Winner in The Educator magazine’s Innovative Schools Awards.

In its third annual Innovative Schools list, The Educator turns the spotlight on just 40 Australian schools leading the way in teaching and learning and Delany was ranked in the same company as Knox College, Melbourne Girls Grammar and Geelong Grammar.

The judges were impressed with initiatives introduced at Delany College that have resulted in improvements in NAPLAN results, particularly in the area of maths.

Principal Robert Muscat said it was an honour to lead a school community that recognises the need to transform students by equipping them with the tools to face an ever changing world.

“Delany College makes it a priority to ensure the teaching staff have the support and expertise to accommodate student learning needs," he said.

Delany College places an emphasis on the four C’s: creativity, critical reflection, communication and collaboration. Its strategies also seek to ensure the student, rather than the content, is always at the centre of the learning.

Another innovation that impressed judges was its case management system, involving groups of teachers from all disciplines meeting fortnightly to discuss students who are ‘stuck’ in their learning journey. 

The teachers use all data available to them and closely examine behavioural issues in their efforts to identify and address the learning block. The group effort means solutions are determined and breakthroughs made. 

This process is supported by a Super Data system, providing teachers with the ability to follow the progress of every student and use the information to design learning experiences targeted to student needs.

And there is project-based learning (PBL) that is playing an integral role in students’ learning, and versatile learning spaces have been created in order to accommodate PBL activities.

A spokesperson from the Educator said the magazine received a plethora of submissions from schools in all corners of the country, bringing to our attention some truly inspiring work being undertaken to equip students with the tools that will help them to face a world vastly different from the one we currently know.

Schoolbox co-founder Sean Richards and Digistorm managing director Tim Oswald - sponsors of the competition - said it was encouraging to see the innovative and creative practices that were put forward this year and we are excited to commend all of the entrants who made this year’s Innovative Schools list – congratulations. 

“We hope that the efforts of the finalist schools will inspire other schools around Australia to think outside the box and push forward with technological advancements in K–12 education,” they said.

“This is an incredible demonstration of the great opportunity for innovation and change within our industry.”

Read about Delany College at the Educator Online


Posted By CathEd Parra at 6/09/2017 10:04:18 AM

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