Signature programs are unique to Korowa and equip our young students with the skills and experiences of real life learning and application that extend them both within and beyond the classroom.
Korowa endeavours to create connections within the community and industry to provide authentic experiences for our students.
The Mitre Program, Korowa’s extension program is committed to identifying highly able students from Years 5 to Year 8 and providing them with a stimulating and challenging learning environment so that they can become successful learners, and capable and confident contributors to their local community and the wider world.
The program consists of three key approaches to meet the needs of the girls: enrichment, extension and acceleration. Using a range of measures to determine suitability, selected students are invited to take part in these classes. In Years 5 and 6, girls are invited to join the program, participating in areas such as Mathematics, STEAM and Philosophy while our Year 7 and 8 students are involved in Philosophy and Mathematics classes.
Furthermore, the Mitre Program provides students with opportunities to take part in a range of external competitions. During the Cripps years the da Vinci Decathlon and the Write a Book in a Day competition are two of the annual highlights for our Mitre students.
Trips And Tours
The purpose of these programs is to encourage students to try new things, develop independence and build connections with teachers and peers. Through these experiences student gain a greater sense of self confidence, build leadership skills and have an opportunity to engage in a range of outdoor challenges and cultural experiences.
Year 3 – Camp Manyung, Mount Eliza
This overnight trip involves girls participating in a wide range of outdoor experiences including kitchen gardening and food preparation, tree climbing and a flying fox. It aims to foster independence, develop social cohesion with peers, encourage an attitude of responsible risk taking and an appreciation of nature.
Year 4 – Marysville, Lake Mountain
This two-night trip involves girls participating in a wide range of outdoor experiences including kitchen gardening, bouldering, low ropes course, bush walking and indigenous music. It aims to foster independence, develop social cohesion with peers, encourage an attitude of responsible risk taking and an appreciation of the natural environment.
Year 5 – Camp Jungai, Rubicon Valley, Victoria
This two-night experience has a strong emphasis on fun and adventure. This program is designed to assist students in connecting with the natural environment and developing a passion for exploring the great outdoors. The girls sleep in a tent on the Camp Jungai Oval for one of the nights. Daytime activities include canoeing, learning about indigenous tucker and medicine, a high ropes course and orienteering.
Year 6 – Korowa to the Capital
This three-night trip to Australia’s capital city of Canberra is an opportunity for the girls to learn about aspects of Australia’s legal and political systems as well as to explore a range of significant national venues in the fields of the arts, science and sport. Students develop increased self-awareness as they experience interstate travel with their peers and discover some of the institutions that shape their daily lives.
The purpose of this trip is to build on the community groups as the girls are welcomed into Year 7. Students participate a range of activities focused around building relationships and reconnecting with their peers.
This tour is founded upon the Crew approach, where every girl is encouraged through circle-based conversations and problem-based activities, to share, connect and begin to create those fundamental relationship building qualities with their peers and Community/Advisory teachers. Spending this time away from their families is vital to begin forging those connects as a new community.
Students visit Darwin and take part in a number of activities learning about indigenous culture and working with local community groups. This KXP experience will culminate with an exhibition open to families upon the girls return to school showcasing their experiences in the final week of Term 2.
The girls will visit Cairns and take part in a number of activities learning about a wide range of social and environmental issues and working with local community groups on how individuals can help mitigate the risks our environment currently faces. This KXP experience will culminate with an exhibition open to families upon the girls return to school showcasing their experiences in the final week of Term 2.
At the end of the year students embark on a two-day trek where they work in teams, learn to camp, cook on camp stoves and problem-solve together prior to selecting the experience they wish to undertake in the Year 9 program.as they explore the beautiful coastline of the Mornington Peninsula.
Year 9 – Korowa Trek
Students choose to participate in either Trek or Urban Challenge for their Term 4 Experience.
This unique and iconic four week point to point wilderness adventure celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019 with an incredible 925 Korovians having participated in the program. Organised and led by the Outdoor Education Group (OEG), and accompanied by a number of experienced Korovian group leaders, students learn to be self-sufficient campers as they venture by foot, bike and raft from the Victorian Alps to Ninety Mile Beach. Trek develops self esteem, confidence, leadership and interpersonal skills as students learn to manage their emotional responses to difficult and stressful situations. Trek often shapes the lives of our students, far beyond their years and experiences at Korowa.
Over three weeks, students explore some of the key social justice issues affecting urban Melbourne, and other regional areas in Victoria. Urban Challenge caters for a wide range of skills and abilities and allows students to find appropriate levels of personal challenge and build mental toughness. Students also actively engage in service projects. The program allows students to work to their strengths while also finding important opportunities for challenge and growth.
Year 10 – Kinglake Experience
The Kinglake Experience provides students with an opportunity to engage in a range of outdoor education opportunities at the campsite, as well as consider their own strengths; the strengths of others; and the best ways in which they can plan for their final years of secondary school.
Year 10 – Deakin Waterfront
The Year 10 Future Ready Program held at Deakin Waterfront, offers students an opportunity to participate in workshops and practical sessions which build their skills in preparation for entering the workforce. Students will attain their RSA, Food Safe and First Aid qualifications.
Year 11 – Trinity College
This Residential Program held at Trinity College, is an opportunity for Year 11 students to commence their transition into Year 12. Throughout the program students will be required to work with their peers in a range of group activities, and consider their own learning journey and strengths in preparation for their upcoming final year of school. Sessions included are grounded in social-emotional learning and responsive to the needs of the cohort.
We are committed to supporting our girls to develop their own leadership identity, in preparation for their role as leaders of tomorrow. Each phase of learning offers our girls a mix of formal and informal opportunities to develop, enhance and demonstrate their leadership capacity.
All girls have the opportunity to serve both the School and wider community though formal and informal participation in committees such as Social Service, Environment, Student Representative Council and the Palm Leaf.
Student leadership encompasses both formal and informal opportunities to learn and develop the competencies as individual leaders and effective participants in teams and groups. From ELC – Year 2 development of the leadership of self is key with children are appointed to classroom leadership roles. In Years 1 and 2, the more formal role of Class Captain is introduced and girls are elected for a semester. In Years 3 to 5, a Class Captain and SRC Captains are elected for a semester.
In Year 6 there is a formal Leadership program which includes: two Junior School Co-Captains, two Co-Captains in each House, and Portfolio Captains for Art, Sport, Music, Environment, Library, STEAM, Social Service and International. Working with their committee and mentor, they contribute and assist with sharing news and events that are related to their portfolio. All Year 6 girls have the opportunity to be part of a committee.
Cripps (Year 7 and 8)
All girls have the opportunity to serve both the School and wider community though formal and informal participation in a range of committees.
Students have the opportunity to pursue a role as a Cripps leader. Elected by her peers to represent the class, she will learn to support and mentor others, engage in conversations with Heads of Years as well as foster student agency and enact positive change.
In Year 9 students have the opportunity to take on the role of Ambassador. Their role is to welcome, communicate and share their experiences with future families through assisting with School Tours and Open Days. The Ambassador’s role is an important one in that it encompasses the School values of service and respect. As part of their preparation students participate in an educational program centred around communication and influence. They work through a program where they explore communication as a skill set; messaging vs influencing; storytelling; speaking confidence; and, managing nerves.
House Arts, our Performing Arts Competition for students in Years 7 to 9 provides leadership opportunities for all Year 9 students. Based on a stimulus, each House presents a performance, which involves acting, singing, dancing and instrumental. The program is entirely led by Year 9 students who each take on a position of responsibility. In this much anticipated part of the Year 9 Program, students will build skills in communication, project management, literacy, personal growth, collaboration, time management, critical thinking and so much more.
Year 10 students with a strong interest in developing and applying leadership skills may choose to participate in the Peer Support Program, working during the school day with Year 7 students with whom they foster connections. Students are prepared by participating in a formal training program created and supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Health.
Year 11 students have the opportunity to nominate themselves as House Representatives within their year level. This role requires students to be a voice for their year level and work with their Mentor and Head of Year, for the duration of the year. All students are encouraged to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills by engaging with their various passions within the SRC, Social Service, Environment, Palm Leaf, Sports, Music and Arts groups; all of which meet regularly throughout the year. Year 11 students have an opportunity to take on various leadership roles throughout House Chorals, sharing the leadership of this significant school event with the Year 12s. The Year 11 cohort undertake an extensive leadership application process in preparation for taking on formal and informal leadership roles in Year 12. This rigorous process spans the entirety of Term 3. As VCE students, all Year 11 students are viewed as School leaders in all that they do.
Those students who are elected Office Bearers and members of the Year 12 Leadership Team. Portfolio Captains include School Captain, Visual Arts, Drama, Sport, Social Service, Debating, House Captains, International, Music, Palm Leaf and Environment. House Special Effort Days offer the opportunity for our Year 12 House Captains to lead their respective House to identify a social issue and then research current organisations that are tackling the issue. Our Year 12 leaders choose the direction of the community service effort and present it to the rest of their House group on the vision they have for raising awareness and funds.
Students also have the opportunity to nominate as Chairwoman to lead their respective Houses in the Year 6 – 12 House Chorals competition. Overseeing the entire process, these leaders work with their leadership teams to bring together all the required elements.
Service to the Community
In addition to formal leadership opportunities, Korowa girls demonstrate an ethical leadership character through service to the community. Our girls are keen to make the world we live in a better place and they do so through a range of activities including the annual whole school fundraising day “Big Day In”; participation in community activities such as the Red Cross Appeal; class-group fundraising for a local charity; and House Special Efforts led by our Year 12 House Captains.
Ongoing community service activities supported by Korowa students and the broader Korowa community include the support for 35 scholarships for girls in Baguia (Timor L’Este) and funding teaching staff and resources for a school in Bangladesh which was opened in 1997 and known as Korowa Memorial School, in honour of Korowa’s late Chaplain, Revd Beth Richards.
KXP Learning Expedition
KXP is an 8 week learning expedition founded on curriculum outcomes across a range of subjects and is underpinned by literacy. This program is designed to build character, produce high quality work and mastery of knowledge and skills. Both the design thinking process and critical thinking are key components of KXP.
It is a powerful experience that builds life skills that students will use beyond school. KXP provides opportunities for students to work together to problem solve, to lead, negotiate, connect with experts creating real world connections and mastery learning where they continue to improve their work, taking on feedback from teachers and peers. At the end of the expedition students produce a beautiful product that has a real purpose in the world as students work with real clients.
Cripps Community Day
These days are a wonderful way to end each term and are an opportunity for the girls to come together as a community outside of the classroom and take part in a range of activities, listen to guest speakers and create together
Each Community Day has a different focus:
- What are my passions?
- What are my strengths?
- Peer Relationships and Teamwork
- Move, Play and Rest
- Meaning and Mindfulness
Each Cripps Community Day involves a House challenge, a sports component, a service initiative or a problem-solving task as well as a creative and wellbeing component.
A project framework is set up to support students to pursue a particular service project. Projects change each year, for example, in 2020 the project focus was ‘What is Melbourne’s story of homelessness?’ Students worked with the City of Melbourne and a range of organisations to address homelessness and to profile the story of each organisation.
Students attended a week-long program at City Cite, working with a particular organisation to develop a public exhibition.
‘Project Empathy provided our students with a truly authentic and life-changing experience that allowed them to gain an understanding of our country’s homelessness crisis. The week dispelled many preconceived stereotypes and beliefs and shone a light on the large percentage of ‘invisible’ people who are currently experiencing homelessness.’
Agility, flexibility, adaptability and an in-depth understanding of self are key to becoming future ready. In Year 10, Morrisby testing and one on one interviews enhance student awareness of their aptitudes and environments best suited to their learning and career pathways.
An understanding of the important role that micro-credentials will play in their lifetime is experienced by students who undertake a suite of micro-credentials tailored towards employability skills.
Social Service And Capital
This online program provides a hands-on experience for interested students to work with external experts in their field while developing their own social service capital campaign. This program is also an essential launching pad for the annual international service program in Year 10 to Cambodia. Participating students are also able to work towards earning a micro-credential.
The inaugural 2021 Film Festival ‘A Stage of Influence’ will provide the platform to connect aspiring secondary school influencers and their films with the film making industry.
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Scheme program
Students in Years 3 and 4 participate in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Scheme program, where they learn positive food habits for life, about their natural environment, practical skills including recycling, composting, preserving, budgeting and fundraising and life skills, such as cooperating, sharing, critical thinking and leadership.