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.
Year 7 – Northern Territory / Top End
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.
Year 8 – Far North Queensland/Cairns
This four-night trip aims to develop an understanding of many aspects of eco-tourism and environmental sustainability. It engages girls in a range of educational and social activities within Far North Queensland that facilitates their connections with each other as well as the flora and fauna of the natural tropical environment. Eco-tourism and sustainability are a major theme of the activities in which the girls are involved throughout the experience.
At the end of the year students embark on a two-day trek where they work in teams, learn to camp, cook and problem-solve together 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 – Tasmania Adventure Experience
The purpose of the Adventure Experience is to encourage Year 10 students to learn new skills and master old ones, to make decisions, to take responsibility, to practise positive relationships during teamwork, and to have fun. Thereby ensuring that every Year 10 student leaves with a greater sense of self-confidence and leadership skills to apply as they prepare for their senior years. As part of this program in 2020, all Year 10 students engage in a range of outdoor challenges and cultural experiences in Tasmania.
There are a range of optional tours available for students to participate in throughout the year.
NASA Junior Space Science School
Students travel the USA to participate in the California Association for STEAM Education (CASE) Space School program which operates in partnership with NASA. This international study program is aimed at developing students’ critical skills for success, providing higher order thinking and exposure to real-world problems. During this 13-night experience, students visit Houston and Huntsville to participate in a range of enriched earth and space science activities including immersion in astronaut training at the US Space and Rocket Centre. The core focus is on fostering students’ personal development and growth as well as furthering their interest and knowledge in the application of STEAM.
This is an optional tour for up to 20 students from Years 7 and 8.
Cambodia Service Learning and Leadership Journey
This two-week journey, is a once in a life time experience that begins six months before the girls depart for their main destination, Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Prior to departing students develop an appreciation of the communication and influence skills required to put together a successful fundraising campaign to support our partner school, the Cambodian Children’s Fund. Similarly, the girls develop their cross-cultural understanding and collaborative skills, when working alongside the CCF students to achieve a shared goal.
Language Immersion Program
An opportunity for students in Years 10 and 11, the Language Immersion Program provide students with a deeper understanding of the differences in day to day routines and encourages them to become more open minded, resilient and confident global citizens. They also develop strong international connections and friendships that can often last a lifetime.
French Language Immersion Program – girls are hosted by a French family for approximately three weeks and attend a local school in Bordeaux with local students.
German Language Immersion Program – living in Bogen, Germany for approximately three weeks, girls are hosted by a German family and attend school at the Veit-Hoser-Gymnasium with local students.
Chinese Language Immersion Program – living in Shanghai for approximately two weeks, girls are hosted by the high school affiliated with Fudan University and attend school with local students while staying at accommodation at the Qingpu Campus.
Japanese Language Immersion Program- girls are hosted by a Japanese family and attend the Hikarigaokajoshi Girls’ High School in Okazaki with local students for a three-week period.
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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
Korowa’s Expedition Program (KXP) is a style of learning that is highly engaging, creative and collaborative with students working, both individually, and together to problem solve, design and discover, and to create beautiful work.
Each expedition program runs for approximately 8 weeks and is designed by a teacher team across several subjects who undertake the expedition themselves before its launch.
The expedition program is student driven and teacher supported so that the learning is organic and part of the process; based on their real-life experiences, challenges and awareness of the world. It provides meaning to what students are learning as well as helping to make a difference in the community.
Students strive to produce industry quality products, often for real clients as they access expertise and visit relevant locations to gain insight and relevant experience.
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 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.’
Mrs Shannon Whithouse, Teacher, Group Leader – Project Empathy
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.