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Korowa nominated for School of the Year

We are thrilled to announce that Korowa Anglican Girls’ School has been nominated School of the Year in the Australian Education Awards for 2018.

The independent girls’ school in Glen Iris, Melbourne, is a finalist in the Secondary School of the Year Award in the Non Government category.

Hundreds of entries were received for the inaugural Australian Education Awards. The winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on Friday 17 August 2018.

“Over the past two years, we have been building a data set with the intention of knowing our girls and our school better,” Principal Helen Carmody said. “Through this data, we’ve created deliberate threads connecting wellbeing, extra curricular activity, sport, academic performance and, in fact, every aspect of an individual girl’s school experience. This has transformed the everyday experience of school at Korowa for our girls. New elective subjects, Heads of Year, new experiential learning programs and a new wellbeing program have been some of the results.”

Mrs Carmody continued, “We 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 had a voice and a connection to school and each other.”

Korowa’s story is one of transformational school improvement. “As we began to use data not only to support what we were doing, but also to drive the story of how we define excellence. We fielded our largest ever triathlon and rowing teams, participated for the first time in the Generations in Jazz Festival, sent students to NASA and Cambodia and yielded the best VCE results in over five years.”

Enrolments at the K-12 school are the strongest they have been in years and the school has achieved the best financial performance in the past five years. VCE results placed Korowa as the best performing independent girls’ school in Victoria.

“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.