At Korowa, we are committed to supporting our girls to develop their own leadership identity, in preparation for their role as women 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.
In the Junior School, leadership of self is promoted as the foundation for future positions of leadership within both the class and the School. From Year 1, girls undertake the roles of Class Captain and SRC Captain and our Year 4 girls participate in a Leadership Unit during Term 4 in preparation for the formal leadership positions of Junior School Captain, House Captain and portfolio captains in Year 5.
Cripps and Senior School
In the Middle (Cripps Program) and Senior Schools, all girls have the opportunity to serve both the School and wider community though formal and informal participation in such committees as Social Service, Environment, Student Representative Council and the Palm Leaf (Korowa Magazine Committee). In Year 8, students have the opportunity to serve as Middle School Captains and in Year 12 each girl may put herself forward for selection as an Office Bearer and member of the Years 12 Leaders’ Team, a group which spans a wide range of portfolios from School Captain to the Arts.
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 very 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 Guide Dogs Victoria; and House Special Efforts led by our Year 12 House Captains.
The House Special Efforts 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. In 2016, Korowa girls raised money for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia; collected socks and monetary donations for Safe Steps, an organisation which provides counselling services and refuge for women in difficult circumstances; ran a market stall and bake sale to provide significant funds to the Brotherhood of St Laurence; and supported the Good Samaritan Inn, who assist women in times of hardship. Our Year 12 leaders choose the direction of the community service effort and present to the rest of their House group on the vision they have for raising awareness and funds.
The discussion and the thought prior to the fundraising initiatives are an important part of the process and our girls are at the heart of each effort. There is no doubt that it is our girls' heartfelt passion and energy that drive the special efforts and creates a spirit of generosity and service.
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 opened in 1997 and known as Korowa Memorial School, in honour of Korowa’s late Chaplain, Revd Beth Richards.