We created this unique curriculum in 1996 to ensure that all Wilderness students have the opportunity to become independent, life-long thinkers and learners. The curriculum is regularly refined as new neuroscientific research about the nature of intelligence and the brain's natural learning systems emerges. We work closely with schools around the world that, like Wilderness, have been accredited by the University of Exeter as an International Thinking School.

Thinking and Learning complements and enriches the school's curriculum from Reception to Year 12 and addresses three main strands:

  • Thinking skills, strategies and dispositions that enable students to process information more effectively
  • Learning skills and strategies that enable students to learn and study more efficiently
  • Reflecting and metacognitive strategies that enable students to plan, monitor, evaluate and adjust their learning goals.

A variety of teaching strategies caters for different learning styles and open-ended learning experiences ensure that all students are able to benefit from the curriculum according to their interests and talents.

Identifying the attributes of successful learners has emerged as a key issue in educational research during the past decade. Accordingly, at Wilderness, we have implemented the Habits of Mind, a set of 16 intelligent behaviours, developed by Art Costa and Bena Kallick.

A Habit of Mind is defined as having a disposition towards behaving intelligently when confronted with problems, the answers to which are not immediately known. The Habits of Mind, when practised regularly, enable students to become more confident, productive and successful learners.
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At Wilderness, we believe strongly that by offering students a comprehensive, sequential and open-ended curriculum in Thinking and Learning, they will be able to become autonomous learners who are confident, creative problems solvers and decision makers.

Thinking and Learning curriculum, which is part of every girl's program, assists in the development of higher order thinking skills and the ability to interrogate and evaluate information.

Girls work collaboratively and cooperatively and are encouraged to strive for the personal best in their study and in many other activities available to them.

Fostering growth of self expression and the development of artistic, creative and critical sensibilities, girls can enter in a variety of competitions, providing them with the opportunity to achieve their own excellence.

Some of the areas in which girls participate:

  • Tournament of Minds
  • Future Problem Solving
  • Solar Boats Challenge
  • Young Achievers
  • National Youth Science Forum (Rotary)
  • ICAS Science Competitions
  • CREST Awards (CSIRO)
  • Siemens Science Experience (Rotary)
  • Oliphant Science Awards
  • Poetry & Literature
  • Simpson History Prize