The stage and film musical has a profound place in the western world. In the lead up to the biannual Korowal Cabaret - a showcase of talent and skills across the 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 Korowal's Cabaret, bringing skills from drama, music, design and technical production to the showcase.
Korowal School offers a Code Club as an extracurricular activity for those students who are interested in computer programming. Students learn to control robots and develop applications using block code and scripting languages. It is held after school for one hour once a week and includes students from year 3 to year 7.
A 1969 Bedford Bus has been converted into a Makerspace for lunchtime activities, and some classes. Makerspaces in schools are for students to actively explore and experiment with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) knowledge and ideas, and to gain experience in working with emerging and advancing technologies.
The bus has all of our Lego, Kapla blocks, pattern blocks and other construction materials. We have challenge cards and themed activities that encourage building & construction, practical skills, problem solving, creativity and lateral thinking. We are continually enhancing our Makerspace activities, and linking them with our IT lessons. Our most recent addition to the Makerspace is a set of SPLAT 3D drawing tools. The children are getting tutorials on how to use these from Maria, our teacher-librarian, and will be able to spend time drawing their own 3D designs and creations.
Neill's Armee - Jazz Band
Neill's Armee is Korowal School's fabulous jazz band. The band has been in existence for seven years and has performed at many community festivals and venues throughout the Blue Mountains. The Armee brilliantly glides through many musical styles including, swing, latin, ska, reggae, funk and new orleans street music.
The band has recently recorded a CD, showcasing the creativity and exuberant energy that is Korowal School.
Bush School Day 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.
Bush School groups (named after native birds) 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!
Students from Yrs 7-10 are invited to be part of the Blue Mountains Debating Competition. Teams of 4 compete against schools across the Blue Mountains in this long running competition comprised of government, Catholics and Independent Schools. This extra-curricula activity provides an encouraging and supportive opportunity for students to further their oral skills as they develop strong arguments.
In 2017 our Year 9 team was runner-up in their division.
Korowal Studios offers tuition in and out of schools hours. Sessions are available in Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Violin, Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Kit Drumming, Muscianship, Music Theory, Dance, Yoga and Drama.
For more information on Korowal Studio and the Tutors click here