Founded as an independent co-educational school in 1978 in Leura, Korowal School was based on a human-centred philosophy rather than a faith-based system. It was philanthropically assisted by the Gavemar Foundation. There is only one Korowal. In 2009, we relocated from Leura to Hazelbrook and moved from being philanthropically assisted to celebrating that we had become truly independent.


The ethos in Korowal’s early years is not far from our ethos today. Relationships were at the heart of the educational process. Above all, value was placed on the child’s right to play, to be creative in all things, surrounded by beauty, with the right to develop in their own time without grades and ranking. It placed the child at the centre of education. Topics for study were integrated across subjects and disciplines. 

There was an Education Council where teachers participated in all decisions regarding the operations of the school, and there was a Board of Governance with equal numbers of teachers and parents as directors. The position of school coordinator was a rotating position from within the teaching staff, retaining a three-year tenure. Class teachers were the guardians of primary and high school year groups. 


Today, the ethos of our past remains with Korowal in Hazelbrook.

We continue to place great value on play and creativity, and hold that childhood is a time to valued, not to be rushed. Students and staff are on first-name terms and there is no uniform  we love this about our school. 

Topics and curriculum continue to have an integrated approach in primary and in some high school subjects. 

  • Moving forward we have elevated our focus on environmental sustainability.

  • We have an Executive structure with a Principal and Deputy Principal, and school business manager. 

  • School Coordinator and Curriculum Advisor.

  • We have a Board of Governance with parents and teachers as directors.

  • In high school, we have year mentors and stage advisors who work closely to support students and families. 

  • Class teachers are guardians of the class in primary.

  • We stand independently, owning our property in Hazelbrook.

  • Students' and parents' input are important to us as we explore further ways of ensuring that the curriculum and learning are relevant and engaging.


ADDRESSKorowal School Ltd
54 Hall Pde Hazelbrook NSW 2779
PO Box 561 Hazelbrook NSW 2279 Australia
Telephone02 4758 7466