Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Korowal School

At Korowal, creativity and relationships are at the forefront of all that we do. We believe that learning should be an active and engaging process, where students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and explore their passions. Promoting agency and individuality is part of our DNA as an independent, secular school and we are proud of our reputation for developing confident, caring, and resilient young people for the past 40 years. 

Our progressive approach is designed to foster the unique attributes and interests of each student by encouraging creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. This is supported by two key programmes, Oracy and Open Dialogue. Oracy, learning “to talk and through talk”, is designed to support students to communicate through spoken language with confidence and clarity. This ability to express ideas clearly, confidently, and persuasively helps students take an active role in the learning process. This is complemented by Open Dialogue, an approach to wellbeing that places students' voices at the centre (“nothing about us without us”), encouraging open and honest dialogue to support students in partnership with families and health professionals. 

We know that students learn best when they feel a sense of belonging and we understand the importance of building positive relationships, both with our students and their families. Our dedicated and experienced teachers work closely with students and families to create a safe and supportive learning environment, where every child can flourish. 

Being connected to nature is also essential for the wellbeing and development of our students and is central to Korowal’s ongoing commitment to sustainability education. Situated in the Blue Mountains, our beautiful grounds also serve as an outdoor classroom, where students can learn and grow in an environment that inspires curiosity, wonder, and respect for the environment. 

I am proud to be a member of Korowal, which is a community characterised by care, openness, and warmth and its commitment to growing even stronger. We are excited to welcome you to our learning community and look forward to supporting you on your educational journey.

Cindy Barnsley, Principal