Science at Korowa

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Physiology and Botany were among the first subjects to be taught at Korowa. In its earliest days, the teaching of physiology was confined to the 'safe' areas of the body: the eyes, the throat and the digestive system.

The science curriculum broadened by 1921 and, Science was taught in the stables with one Bunsen burner, one bench, one basin and a few other small pieces of equipment. Chemistry was formally established as a subject in 1938 and, consistent with today’s philosophy, provisions were made for Korowa girls to explore new areas. Special arrangements were made for girls to go to the neighbouring boys' school, Malvern Grammar, to study physics.

New, contemporary (for the time!) approaches to junior and senior science education were introduced in the 1950s with Korowa, again, leading the way in Victoria. This trend has continued to today with Korowa gaining excellent results in HSC and, subsequently, VCE science subjects.

Korowa's science labs in 1935
Korowa's science labs in 1935

An excursion to a nature exhibition in 1930
An excursion to a nature exhibition in 1930

Science in action at Korowa in 1947
Science in action at Korowa in 1947

Science labs at Korowa today
Current laboratory at Korowa