The stage and film musical has a profound place in the western world. In the lead up to the biennial Korowal Cabaret – a showcase of talent and skills across high school. Students reflect on the social, cultural and political climate of the development of musicals over time. In addition, students also discuss how musicals experiment with form and content in specific ways.
Students participate in various workshopping activities, keep critical and reflective logbooks, undertake research tasks, and create costume designs, along with watching, discussing and appraising theatrical and cinematic musicals. This work lays the foundation for the development of an original musical theatre piece that is rehearsed in class and showcased within the Korowal Cabaret.
Students from across the high school participate in Cabaret, bringing skills from drama, music, design and technical production to the showcase.
Bush School is one day each term that we spend outdoors in our beautiful natural Korowal School grounds. Bush School days help build emotional and social skills, resilience and connections with the natural world. The Bush School activities provide diverse opportunities for students to enjoy, relax, observe, learn, explain, discuss and create.
We try to change activities each term but have a few tried, true and well-loved activities such as:
A campfire set in a clearing among the trees. Maintaining a safe, informative, relaxing and nurturing campfire space is the focus of this activity, often with the treat of damper and honey.
Natural craft activities such as weaving, tree-stars, stone painting, and Native Bee hotel construction.
Nature exploration – finding, sorting, drawing and describing plants and animals from the bush.
Bush regeneration, weeding and planting native trees.
Mandalas constructed from natural materials such as leaves, gum nuts, banksia cones and flowers.
Special visitors are invited to host Bush School stations depending on their interest area and expertise. This year, we hosted two special guests: local author Alan Page, who spoke with the children about native flora and fauna and read from his newly published children's book, Blue Mountains Nature – An Introduction. Scientist, environmentalist and artist Zorana McDavitt, who led a scientific bird drawing workshop.
Bush School groups are mixed groups of Kindy to Year 6 students, designed to build friendships across age groups and to provide opportunities for mentoring. There are often stories of the kind and responsible care provided by Year 6 students as the groups move through their activities. Each Bush School Day ends with shared feelings of great exhaustion and satisfaction!
Korowal Studios offers tuition in and out of schools hours. Sessions are available in guitar, mandolin, bass, violin, piano, saxophone, clarinet, kit drumming, musicianship, music theory, dance, and drama.
For more information on Korowal Studio and the tutors click here.