At Wilderness, we are committed to offering opportunities to all students in order to prepare them for their education, career pathways and future life.
Opportunities for life enable each girl to:
- Find her own strengths and areas for development in her learning to become independent and accept responsibility, to set goals and achieve them and to be resilient in the face of adversity
- Make informed decisions about future pathways and directions at school, in the workplace and the community
- Participate in community activities to develop a keen sense of social justice and to make generous contributions to the well being of the society in which they live
- Enhance the capacity of each girl to understand how she can help to shape a better future for the global comunity.
- Clubs & Committees
A range of committees is responsible for the organisation of various activities in the school. This provides girls with opportunities for leadership and encourages participation and inclusivity.
The areas of involvement of the Clubs and Committees may include:
- Active for Life
- Community Care
- Community Service
- Drama Club
- Green Team
- Junior Library
- Literature Club
- Magazine & Media Club
- Peer Support
- Social Justice
- Student Foundation
- Student Representative Council
- Student Information Technology Committee
- Exchange Program
A student exchange program complements a student's formal education in important and exciting ways. Experiences at school, both in students' academic and co-curricular lives, provide the opportunities that will make them global citizens. Living in a boarding house or in a home with a local host family gives students the opportunity to be immersed in the culture of both the school and country and gain valuable interstate or international experience. Many of these programs combine the cultural experience of global travel with an outreach component allowing the students to see beyond their own world and truly understand their place in a global society.
Participation in these programs provides wonderful opportunities for students to embrace the challenges of living in a global community and facilitate the development of life-long friendships and enduring experiences. With global experiences being firmly embedded in the school philosophy, Wilderness provides a diverse range of programs such as language, cultural, boarding and student exchange programs to a range of states and countries.
Exchange programs provide invaluable rewards, where life skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation skills, cultural adaption and international understanding are cultivated.
Our exchange programs offered yearly are:
State/Country Year Level
School Focus Melbourne, Victoria 8 St Catherine's School » Reciprocal one week exchange Darwin, NT 9 Reciprocal one week exchange Havelock North, New Zealand 9 & 10 Woodford House » Boarding exchange, Four weeks Grahamstown, South Africa 10 Diocesan School for Girls » Reciprocal 8 – 10 week exchange
Wilderness students studying Business and Enterprise in Year 10 develop entrepreneurial skills by participating in $20 Boss, an in-school challenge run by teachers, which provides students $20 of start-up to create their own business. At the end of the program, students repay the start-up money, with a $1 legacy payment. It is a fantastic way to engage young people in an immersive experience at School that encourages their entrepreneurial spirit. The students trade for four weeks selling their products/designs to the School and local community. Products range from clothing, accessories, artwork and crafts, recipe books, candles and plants designed and created by the student groups who were responsible for all operational, marketing and financial aspects of their businesses. Awards are given to students based on teacher vote for the following categories: Best Logo, Best Stand, Best Pitch and Best Advertisement. From this experience, students learn to create solutions to problems, dream big and find opportunities in simple ideas that change current market offerings.
Every startup should address a real and demonstrated need in the world. If you build a solution to a problem lots of people have, it’s so easy to sell your product to the world.
– Kevin Systrom, Instagram
All students study Music from Reception until Year 8. It then becomes an elective subject. There are choirs at each year level in the Junior School. In Year 2, students learn a stringed instrument and experience playing in a string orchestra, while Year 4 students learn a brass or woodwind instrument and gain experience playing in a band. Private tuition is available for a wide range of instruments from a team of visiting instrumental teachers. Students, once proficient, are encouraged to take part in the ensemble program. Our ensembles regularly perform and some participate in competitions and festivals.
- Middle & Senior School
- Senior Orchestra
- Senior String Quartet
- Intermediate String Quartet
- Senior Concert Band
- Jazz Combo
- Big Band One
- Big Band Two
- Bluegrass Band
- Brass Ensemble
- Clarinet Ensemble
- Senior Choir
- Dream Girls
- Jazz Choir
- Rock Bands
- Saxaphone Quartet
- Junior School
- Junior Concert Band
- Junior Concert Choir
- Junior String Orchestra
- Intermediate String Orchestra
- Flute Ensemble
Private Music Tuition
Individual tuition from qualified specialist instrumental staff is available on the following instruments:
- Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
- Flute, Clarinet, Saxaphone
- Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn
- Piano, Percussion/Drums
- Classical Voice, Jazz Voice, Contemporary Voice
- Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar
Information regarding individual instrumental lessons, ensembles, performance dates, lesson fees and instrument hire is available from the Music Department Office on 8344 6688
Sports and physical education play an important part in the Wilderness curriculum. As well as health and fitness benefits, physical activity helps to develop self-esteem, teamwork and concentration.
From Reception to Year 11, all students study Physical Education. In the Junior School this includes game skills, gymnastics, dance, swimming, fitness, personal health, nutrition and recreation. From Year 7 to Year 10, in addition to Physical Education, all students also participate in the Outdoor Education program. Students develop an understanding and an appreciation of the natural environment and learn valuable survival skills while participating in outdoor leisure activities that have minimal environmental impact. These activities may include bushwalking, orienteering and rock climbing. The format of the program varies from day trips to 5-day camps.
All girls from Year 4 onwards are encouraged to play a team sport, either intra-school or inter-school. The sports offered at each year level are as follows:
Junior School Sports
- Modified netball
- Cross Country
Middle & Senior School Sports
- Cross Country Running
- Water Polo
- Performing Arts
Whole School Program - Drama is part of the curriculum from Year 5 to Year 12 and is a compulsory subject from Year 5 to Year 8. We have a national and state-wide reputation for Drama. Girls are taught speech, improvisation, movement, gesture, characterisation, singing, script reading and analysis through a variety of theatre games, group activities and class exercises.
The co curricular Performing Arts program in the Junior School is offered to students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Its purpose is to develop and enhance students' skills in all areas of performing Arts including Drama, Music and Dance. The program is broken into two semesters allowing the students to develop a public performance at the completion of each semester. The classes are conducted once a week during the lunch break. Students are split into classes of no more than 20 according to their year level. This small number ensures a focus on the individual and creates a close knit environment.
During the first semester the students focus on movement and collaborate with the teacher to create a movement piece set to music. This is then performed at the annual Junior School Drama Night. Semester 2 sees the girls refining their performance skills through the process of a production. The production is a scripted piece of theatre, incorporating acting, singing and dancing. The Production is performed to an audience of their peers and parents during Term 4.
The program aims to build self esteem and expose the students to the discipline of the theatrical process. Students gain an understanding of the many facets of live performance while strengthening and building friendships along the way.
- Visual Arts
All students study Art from Reception until Year 8, after which it becomes an elective subject.
Our program incorporates the traditional aspects of Art as well as the newer technologies. These include painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital imaging, Art analysis and appreciation. We supplement the practical experience of Art with visits to artists' studios and public and private galleries where students can observe other artists and learn from their techniques. We also have excellent visual resources including the Wilderness Art Collection.
Our art related activities include:
- Exhibitions of students' work
- Artist-in-Residence program
- Annual Art Forum
- Exhibitions by other artists
- Specialist workshops
Participation in community art events such as South Australian Living Artists Week, Come Out, SACE Art Show, Adelaide Festival and Fringe events.
- Service in Nepal
Since 2000, the Wilderness School community’s fundraising efforts have helped shape the lives of the Annapurna community by paying teacher salaries, improving infrastructure, buying school supplies and offering scholarships to complete school and attend university. Wilderness also helped establish the Kushudebu Public Health Mission in the Beni District, a very isolated area of the Everest Region in the Himalayas. Health care has been provided to thousands of people, some who must walk five days to receive treatment.
Currently Wilderness School and members of the wide Wilderness community sponsor 34 girls to attend either School (Years 10-12) or University. Families of the Wilderness School Boarding House sponsor 11 girls ranging from 7 - 13 years of age, to weekly board and attend Bhadure School.
Providing fundraising and training support to the Bhadure School and the Kushudebu Health Public Mission, to date the Wilderness community has raised over $200,000 for these worthwhile projects.