Granville's Delany College makes The Educator’s top 40 Innovative Schools Awards

Top of the class: Delany College captains Wesley Swalah Mcdahrou and Hilary Lim and principal Robert Muscat with the latest copy of The Educator. Picture: Geoff Jones

Top of the class: Delany College captains Wesley Swalah Mcdahrou and Hilary Lim and principal Robert Muscat with the latest copy of The Educator. Picture: Geoff Jones

A Granville school has been recognised alongside some of Australia’s most prestigious schools.

Delany College was named in The Educator’s Innovative Schools Awards.

The publication received a plethora of submissions from schools across Australia for its third annual Innovative Schools List, whichputs the spotlight on 40 Australian schools leading the way in teaching and learning. Delany was ranked in the same company as Knox College, Melbourne Girls Grammar and Geelong Grammar. It was one of two western Sydney schools in the list.

“We’re grateful and honoured to be recognised,” principal Robert Muscat said.

“What’s even more striking is that we’re in the company of some private elite schools. It’s increased the school’s profile and acknowledged the good work being done here. It’s created a real buzz among the teachers, students and parents.”

It’s created a real buzz among the teachers, students and parents. - Delany College principal Robert Muscat

The school put in a nomination but were surprised to make the list. “Like anything, you hope for the best when you make a submission,” Mr Muscat said. “But I didn’t think we’d be up there.”

The judging panel were impressed with the school’s initiatives that resulted in improved NAPLAN results, particularly in year 9 maths.

The school places an emphasis on the four Cs: creativity, critical reflection, communication and collaboration, to ensure students are always at the centre of the learning. 

A Super Data system introduced 18 months ago allows teachers to follow the learning and behavioural progress of each student and use the information to design learning experiences targeted to students’ needs. Mr Muscat described it as a one-stop-shop for teachers. Judges were also impressed with the school’s case management system, involving teachers from all disciplines meeting fortnightly to discuss students ‘stuck’ in their learning journey.

“When many people think of innovation, they think of technology,” Mr Muscat said. “Our submission was about implementing innovative programs that changed the thinking mindset. It wasn’t necessarily technology-based. It was about doing things differently. In the last 18 months, we’ve seen an improvements in NAPLAN maths results and now hope to see growth in other areas such as literacy.

Delany hopes to retain its spot next year. “We’re now refining our initiatives to make them better,” he said.

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