At Wilderness Junior School, we believe that optimal learning for young girls occurs in an environment which is stimulating, supportive and challenging, where girls are resilient and collaborate well with others. Our curriculum, including implementation of the emerging Australian Curriculum, prepares our girls to be productive citizens in a changing society through active inquiry, authentic problem solving and critical and creative thinking.

The core curriculum is enriched by specialist teachers in Art, Drama, French, Information and Communication Technology, Inquiry Based Learning, Library, Technology, Music and Physical Education. Our wide range of curricular opportunities enables girls to reach their potential academically, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually.

Personalised Learning

Personalised Learning is a major focus for staff at Wilderness Junior School. It ensures that each girl's specific needs are met through the delivery of high quality educational programs. Teachers tap into the uniqueness of each learner by catering to different learning styles and using varied curriculum techniques and instruction. This differentiated curriculum is continually researched, implemented and evaluated for its impact on student outcomes.

Individual Learning Targets are developed for each girl in the core areas of Literacy and Numeracy. It is our belief that powerful learning occurs when a student's individual needs, interests and abilities are acknowledged and catered for within a respectful and supportive environment. All girls work towards achieving specific targets, which are continually appraised and reflected upon.

Our Individual Learning Targets pinpoint specific areas of need for those students requiring acceleration and support programs. In addition, students, teachers and parents work in partnership with Learning Support and Gifted Curriculum specialist staff to develop Individual Learning Plans and programs for students.

Thinking & Learning

Our strong commitment to developing our students' capacity to understand themselves as learners is evident through our rigorous Thinking and Learning Curriculum. This program runs parallel to, and is embedded within, the core curriculum from the first year of schooling. By providing a strong thinking and learning focus we equip girls with the skills to enable them to think for themselves, be self initiating, self modifying and self directing. Wilderness Junior School curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge, problem solving skills, cognitive processes, intellectual dispositions and habits of mind necessary to engage in lifelong learning. Core elements of our program include a Questioning and Thinking Skills Curriculum, Philosophy for all year levels and an in depth study of the Habits of Mind.

Students at Wilderness Junior School are encouraged to exhibit our school Values; Adventurous Learning, Responsible Citizenship, Respectful Relationships and a True and Courageous Self.

Leadership

In the Wilderness Junior School we believe that all students have the right and opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills. Our Junior School's leadership program offers a wide range of positions of responsibility to maximise student participation in School decision making. These include a House Captain system, Year Level Representatives and members of the Junior School Representative Council (JSRC) including:

Active for Life Representative and Committee Community Care Representative and Committee Environment Representative and Committee

 

Girls are encouraged to take an active role in the leadership of their School and work strategically with the Student Representative Council (SRC) in the Senior School and the Head of the Junior School. Student leadership elections link strongly with learning about citizenship and the processes involved in a democracy. All Junior School girls are involved in the election process.

Wilderness Junior School is one of a select group of Schools which forms part of the Eastern Schools Leadership Group, providing student leaders with opportunities to work collegially with student leaders from other independent schools.

  • Peer Support Representative and Committee
  • Student Foundation Representative and Committee
  • Library Representative and Committee
  • ICT Representative and Committee
School Camps

 Year 2 

Environment: Adelaide Zoo
School Value: Adventurous Learners – introduction to outdoor education
Duration: Over night
Themes and Activities:

Night walk
Animal close-up
Behind the scenes feeding

 Year 3 

Environment: Aldinga
School Value: Respectful Relationships
Duration: 2 days
Themes and Activities:

Nature art
Adventure course
Scavenger hunt
School values integration
Inter-relationships
Environmental Exploration

 Year 4 

Environment: Douglas Scrub
School Value: Adventurous Learning
Duration: 2 days
Themes and Activities:

Audrey the outback text
Cubby house construction
Adventure course
Plants and animals
Nature art
Outdoor cooking

 Year 5 

Environment: Wirraway
School Value: A True & Courageous Self
Duration: 3 days
Themes and Activities:

Horse riding
Rock climbing
Archery
Problem solving
Resilience
Risk taking

 Year 6 

Environment: Canberra
School Value: All 4 Values
Duration: 5 days
Themes and Activities:

Visits to Parliament House
The Governor General's House
The Mint
War Memorial
AIS
National Art Gallery
Questacon