A Letter from Greg Lucas, Chair of the Korowal School Board, to our community
Korowal is proud of our commitment to education, where relationships are at the heart of the educational process. Our values of compassion, tolerance, equity, respect, empathy, commitment and resilience support and guide all that we do in educating the whole child to help them reach their full potential.
We recognise that this privileged role in educating young people also brings with it particular responsibilities, including the responsibility to ensure that Korowal is prepared to respond to any disclosure or concern, historic or current, that may be brought to our attention.
Protected Disclosures - ‘See something. Say something’
The Korowal Board wants to ensure that our governance makes provision for the safe disclosure of any serious wrongdoings.
We have developed a Protected Disclosures Policy and Procedure. Korowal recognises that any genuine commitment to detecting and preventing illegal and otherundesirable conduct must include a mechanism whereby staff, parents, students and others are able to report their concerns freely and without fear of reprisal, victimisation, or intimidation. The mechanism needs to be independent of the School and provide disclosers with the option of remaining anonymous.
We have appointed Integroe Partners as the inaugural provider. In the Policy we have called this mechanism the Korowal Protected Disclosures Service. We are confident that this will promote a positive culture of honesty, justice and strong governance. It also supports our capacity to respond ethically, respectfully and effectively to such disclosures.
A Window with A View
After spending Sunday burning the undergrowth in the bushland on Korowal and the surrounding bush perimeters to our north, we enjoyed several visits from the fireys as they kept a watch on the hazard reduction zone throughout Monday. We commenced Week 4 with smoke rising from the peat in our bushland, and the occasional sighting of a lyrebird turning the parched soil.
On behalf of us all, thank you to the city and rural fire services who successfully conducted a huge hazard reduction burn through Sunday and Sunday night. It is a great relief to us that this has been conducted after being scheduled, on and off, for over ten years. The volunteers in our RFS are wonderful community minded people, and we owe special thanks to them.
Friday was the final day of Semester 1 for our high school, so Monday will see changes apply to the timetables. Year 7 will commence Japanese and Year 8 will commence Drama, while Years 9&10 may continue with the same electives or change in some cases. Alistair will step across to teach Year 8 English as Kelly moves from this and into Drama. It was delightful to be entertained by the Drama elective group on Thursday afternoon and Friday evening, as they presented ‘Nightfall’ with Edgar Allen Poe. Kelly and her students created an evocative atmosphere and engaged us with Poe’s haunting poetry. Congratulations to you all!