Korowa awarded ‘School of the Year’ in the Australian Education Awards
Korowa Anglican Girls’ School in Glen Iris has been named the ‘School of the Year’ in the Non-Government Secondary School category of the Australian Education Awards.
The inaugural Awards Ceremony was held on Friday 17 August 2018 in Sydney.
Hundreds of entries were received from around Australia for these prestigious Awards.
Korowa’s story is one of transformational school improvement. Over the past two years, Korowa has been using data not only to support what the School was doing, but also to drive the story of how staff and students define excellence. Over the past year, Korowa fielded its largest ever triathlon and rowing teams, participated for the first time in the Generations in Jazz Festival in Adelaide, sent students to NASA and Cambodia and yielded the best VCE results in over five years, making the School the best performing independent girls’ school in Victoria.
“We are thrilled with this Award,” Principal Helen Carmody said. “It acknowledges the efforts of our staff, students and community towards transforming the school experience for girls.”
“We have adopted a relentless focus on high impact teaching strategies, feedback loops for girls and teachers, and increased the ways in which students, parents and community have a voice and a connection to school and each other.”
“Girls have access to new elective subjects such as Dance and Media; a wellbeing program which guides them through the early years to Year 12; a new pastoral care structure with Heads of Year; and exciting experiential programs.”
“These changes have come about thanks to feedback, observations and data from our parents and the girls themselves. We have created deliberate threads between each aspect of a girls’ day at Korowa, from wellbeing, sport and academic performance through to extra curricular activities. This has transformed the everyday experience at Korowa.”
Enrolments at the K-12 school are the strongest they have been for some time and the school has achieved the best financial performance for many years.
“The use of data and learning analysis means we know our girls and our school well. We are continually introducing new initiatives for girls, driven by the input of the girls and their families as well as evidence and trends from the education sector and wider industry,” Mrs Carmody said.