Student Wellbeing

Students at Delany College are treated with dignity and respect and their happiness and safety is a priority.


In today’s changing world secondary school students encounter many challenges that impact their success at school. At Delany College we pride ourselves in the way we support students and families both academically and pastorally. This is articulated in our Dignity and Wellbeing policy.

Some of the many benefits of being a small community is that each student is known and valued, programs and support structures are designed to build upon student’s strengths and enhance the skills they need to be successful in their careers and life beyond school. These programs and structures include:

The College operates a vertical house system for pastoral care with a House Coordinator leading the wellbeing program for students and staff in their house. The House Coordinator plays a significant role in working with families to provide support as students learn and grow and adapt to the challenges of adolescence throughout their secondary school journey.

When a student commences at the College they are allocated to one of four houses (detailed below) in which they remain until they graduate from the College.

Key features of the House system at Delany are:

  • students would have the same House Coordinator for the duration of their schooling
  • students in the same family are in the same house
  • young students are mentored by older students in their house
  • young students grow to become mentors when they are seniors
  • it builds on and strengthens the relationships students already have with each other
  • students and staff have the opportunity to develop strong relationships over several years
  • students participate in houses for sport and other activities
  • provides wider leadership opportunities for senior students.

The four houses are:

Campion

Father Les Campion was born and raised in Granville and had been the parish priest of Holy Trinity Parish from 1975 until he retired in 2008. Father Campion was a humble man who had helped many people in the Parish.

In 1977 Fr Campion was one of the first on the scene at the Granville train disaster. He showed immense courage and compassion when he crawled under the wreckage of the train and refused to leave the side of the sick and dying when others were ordered to leave. Each year he attended the anniversary commemoration praying for and remembering the victims and meeting up with the people he spent that tragic day with.

Father Campion was instrumental in the establishment of Delany College but he was more than our Parish Priest. He was a man who had worked consistently and tirelessly with the people of the parish, with the St Vincent de Paul Society, Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the World (the Vietnamese sisters), and many others.

The colour white was chosen for the Campion House to symbolise courage, faith and humility.

Chisholm

Caroline Chisholm was one of Australia’s most iconic women leaders, who truly lived out our College motto of Love, Serve and Hope.

Caroline sailed into the convict town of Sydney in 1832 to discover that many women who had travelled to Sydney in search of a new life had no job and no place to live. Through her hard work and persistence, she established a home for unemployed women and within two years she had found jobs for over one thousand of them.

She spent her life caring for homeless and unemployed women, giving them a sense of hope. Caroline Chisholm’s image was featured on Australia’s $5 note.

The colour blue was chosen for Chisholm House to symbolise the water that she, and the thousands of migrants she helped, had to travel over to reach Australia’s shores.


MacKillop

As a young woman in the 1860s Mary MacKillop co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, a unique Australian religious order dedicated to the service of the poor, especially through the education of their children.

Sister Mary has a great connection with the Granville area. She came to Granville in the 1800s to help the Sisters of St Joseph build a new primary school which they called Holy Trinity Primary School, situated next door to Delany College. Sister Mary was beatified in 1993 and has become Australia’s first Saint, St Mary of the Cross. She was a great Australian model of courage, tenacity and selflessness.

The colour red was chosen for MacKillop House to symbolise the red of the earth where she first started her mission of Catholic education, including working with Aboriginal students.

Tierney

Br Joseph Tierney was the first Principal of Patrician Brothers’ High School, Granville (as Delany College was then known) in 1942. Granville was the first of many new schools that were built to meet the demands of a new age of Catholic education in the new suburban areas of Sydney.

Br Joseph, who passed away in 1969, is remembered for his natural gift as a teacher and sound knowledge of his subject. He was renowned for his good humour, his famous jokes and his friendliness. He is also remembered as an outstanding coach in rugby league, cricket and athletics.

The colour green was chosen for Tierney House to symbolise the Patrician Brothers’ Irish heritage and the colour of the sash worn by them. 

An important part of the mission of the College is to ensure students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills that prepare them for participation in wider society particularly after they leave school. These opportunities start from a student’s first day at the College when they enter into ‘Boot Camp’ and start working collaboratively with their peers. Throughout their journey at Delany students participate in an Awards program that brings together aspects of their personal development and service to the community.

The Awards program has three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and is underpinned by a merit system where students earn merits for a range of achievements including positive behaviour, effort, leadership and community service. Students also have the opportunity to receive a Principal’s Letter of Commendation in recognition of outstanding achievement and service.


Bronze Award

Once a student has earned ten merits they are eligible for a Bronze Award. This will be issued by the House Coordinator.

At the completion of this process a student will be presented with a College Bronze pin which is awarded at a school assembly.

Silver Award

It is envisaged that students in Years 8, 9 and 10 would be accumulating sufficient merit awards to move to a Silver Award.

Once a student has earned ten Bronze Awards, he/she is eligible to begin the Silver Award process. Further, the student will work with their House Coordinator to complete and record 15 hours of service within or outside the Delany school community. An application for a Silver Award must be accompanied by teacher recommendations.

Gold Award

It is envisaged that students in Years 10 and 11 would be approaching sufficient awards to move to a Gold award.

Once a student has earned a Silver Award he/she is eligible to begin the Gold Award process. To achieve this the student will work with their House Coordinator to complete and record 10 hours of service within and 10 hours of service outside the Delany school community. An application for a Gold Award must be accompanied by teacher recommendations.


Letter of Commendation

A Letter of Commendation is awarded to a student at the Principal’s discretion. It is awarded to students who exhibit a commitment to the College or wider community that is beyond the normal scope of expectations.

Any staff member, or potentially member of the public, can endorse a student for this Letter.


Leadership Roles

The Awards program culminates with students in Year 12 taking up leadership roles. While every student in Year 12 is considered a leader of the college student community, each year students that have successfully completed the awards program are elected to formal leadership positions:

  • College Captains (2 Student Leaders)
  • House Captains (1 leader for each House)
  • Formation Leaders (4 leaders that work across all Houses to support spiritual formation and service programs)

Student Leadership Pathway

Delany Catholic College Student Leadership Pathway

The PB4LL program sets out clear expectations for students and staff in relation to behaviours that support the learning and dignity of every individual, the shared responsibility towards one another and the various aspects of our learning environment.

As part of the My Delany Journey program students work through the expectations matrix and set realistic goals for themselves in the following areas:

  • Respect: for themselves, their community and their environment
  • Responsibility: to create success
  • Resilience: that supports growth.

Parents are encouraged to work with their children as part of the program and assist them in achieving their goals and meeting the expectations of the community. Merits are allocated as part of the Award system based on achieving these goals. This program incorporates work on a positive growth mindset and restorative practices that are integral components of Dignity and Wellbeing policy.

Located at the Grimwood Street entrance to the College is the Delany Wellbeing Centre. This houses Student Reception, House Coordinators and the College Counsellor. This centre brings together important services for students and families to access as they navigate their secondary school journey.

Delany College has a school counsellor for four days per week - Monday to Thursday. The College Counsellor has a key role in supporting student wellbeing at the college. Working in collaboration with the College Executive, Diversity Team and the House Coordinators, the Counsellor assists with development of management plans for students. Referral of students to the Counsellor is done through their House Coordinator.

 

Underpinning these programs and structures is our commitment to implementing world’s best practice in how to best meet the needs of students. We have partnered with Berry Street Education to provide teachers and students with strategies to address needs for healing, growth and achievement.

The Berry Street Education model provides a framework for our staff to assist students develop the capacities they need to be ‘ready to learn’. This model focuses on five domains to best meet the needs of students, nurture their wellbeing and willingness to engage in learning:

Body

increasing student’s capacity for physical and emotional regulation of the stress response, de-escalation and focus.

Relationship

nurturing on-task learning through relational classroom management strategies.

Stamina

creating a culture of academic persistence by nurturing resilience, emotional intelligence and a growth mindset.


Engagement

motivating students with strategies that increase their willingness to learn.

Character

harnessing a values and character strengths approach for learning and future pathways.

 

This work is integrated into every lesson, every day and also forms a specific component of the My Delany Journey program for students in Years 7 to 10.


Wellbeing at Delany Catholic College Granville



Fostering Growth

We seek to develop the student as a whole person by responding to the needs of the individual. Members of the Delany College community are encouraged to care for one another and foster the growth of a living faith community.

Student wellbeing is the responsibility of the whole Delany College community. Our aims are:

  • to base all interactions on the values of the Gospels, primarily forgiveness, compassion, respect, and tolerance
  • to recognise the dignity of the individual
  • to acquire real knowledge and understanding of the life, disposition, attitudes, beliefs, practices, and habits of the students and staff, to enable more effective student wellbeing response and education
  • to appreciate the individual’s value within the community
  • to develop confidence and self-esteem within the individual
  • to encourage sensitivity to the needs of others
  • to provide and maintain support for students to assist them in their personal and faith development
  • to provide and maintain support for staff to assist and encourage their personal, professional and faith development
  • to encourage an attitude of responsibility within the individual so as to promote self-discipline.

Delany is committed to keeping our students safe at school and we adhere to the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards and support the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. A range of checks and undertakings are required for people who work for or provide services to the college. These checks reduce potential risk and form part of the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) strategy to build child safe communities.

 


Our students are our priority

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