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.
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
Environment: Adelaide Zoo School Value: Adventurous Learners – introduction to outdoor education Duration: Over night Themes and Activities:
Behind the scenes feeding
Environment: Aldinga School Value: Respectful Relationships Duration: 2 days Themes and Activities:
School values integration
Environment: Douglas Scrub School Value: Adventurous Learning Duration: 2 days Themes and Activities:
Audrey the outback text
Cubby house construction
Plants and animals
Environment: Wirraway School Value: A True & Courageous Self Duration: 3 days Themes and Activities:
Environment: Canberra School Value: All 4 Values Duration: 5 days Themes and Activities:
Visits to Parliament House
The Governor General's House
National Art Gallery