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ISSUE # 73

Wilderness Times | Winter 2016


Principal’s Thoughts


Student Leadership


Founders’ Day


Career Expo


Opening the Archives

11 Entrepreneurship - Business Week 13

Faculty in Focus: Science


Music Tour

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Jazz at The Gov


Reconciliation Week in the Boarding House


Junior, Middle and Senior Cross Country Carnival


We are Wildy


Parents & Friends Bulletin

Senior Drama - Jail Birds



Friday 19 August OS Annual Event

Class of 2006 The Kentish Saturday 27 August

Thursday 1 September Old Boys’ Cocktail Party

Class of 1976 Dinner Publishers Hotel Saturday 10 September

Tuesday 13 September 1956-62 Morning Tea Tuesday 4 October Southern Fleurieu Morning Tea Tuesday 25 October 1963 & Prior OS Lunch

Tasmanian Reunion Hobart Lunch Saturday 11 September

Monday 7 November OS Golf Day Friday 18 November Current OS Parent Coffee Morning

ACT Reunion Lunch Saturday 19 November Tasmanian Reunion November Details soon

Wilderness School has a number of social media platforms to connect with our community and discover the latest news. S OL D S








Old Scholars - Reunions



Class of 1986 Dinner The British Hotel Saturday 15 October

Class of 1996 Saturday 5 November Details soon


Old Scholars

Western Australian Reunion Dinner October Details soon

Class of 1966 Dinner The British Hotel Saturday 5 November

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Tasmanian Reunion Launceston Dinner Saturday 10 September


Join the Wilderness Old Scholars’ Association page on Facebook. This page is set up for Old Scholars to communicate, network and hear about upcoming alumnae events. Once you are a member you can then share with other Old Scholars in your Facebook network.


‘We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.’ - Kavita Ramdas


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If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you. The word sabbatical, from the Latin sabbaticus, Greek sabbatikos, and Hebrew Shabbat, literally means “ceasing”. Of course, a sabbatical rarely means the complete cessation of work. Rather, it is an opportunity to break from normal routines and take time for intentional reflection, professional development, personal growth and renewed passion. Indeed, the great gift of a Principal’s sabbatical is time and this term I was privileged to travel to the United Kingdom to attend the University of Oxford’s High Performance Leadership Program. I joined forty other senior leaders to take part in an intensive residential program that focused exclusively on transforming and enhancing leadership impact.

Participants came from across Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia. On the face of it, we had little in common in our day to day contexts. The group comprised executives, from both profit and non-profit organisations, representing industries as wide-ranging as food production, pharmaceuticals, electronics, finance, insurance, telecommunications, transport, philanthropy, health care and aerospace. As the only school leader, it was quite a departure from my usual milieu. Yet this cultural and professional diversity was one of the great strengths of the program. It became apparent very quickly that we had far more in common than first appeared. While our occupations were different, we were all experienced leaders who had come to examine our own practices and challenge ourselves to find new ways to improve our effectiveness for the benefit of the people we lead. In our time together, irrespective of our core businesses, similar challenges emerged.

In a global world, where high speed change is the new norm, how would we lead our organisations to be responsive and agile? How could we best instigate innovation and manage complexity whilst driving improvement and transformation? To lead effectively we needed to have a deeper understanding of our own impact on others. Under the guidance of an extremely talented and enthusiastic faculty and expert coaches we explored all facets of the leadership journey, received detailed and insightful feedback into our own performance and were exposed to the latest theory and research about effective organisations. We considered the very DNA of leadership. Leadership is a much talked about concept yet the criteria by which we judge effective leaders has changed significantly over time. In the last century great leaders were thought to be born, not made. Leadership was often bestowed as virtue of birthright and usually by virtue of gender. Leaders were seen as all powerful, distant and authoritative. Rarely were they vulnerable. A ‘good’ leader seldom admitted mistakes.


PRINCIPAL’S THOUGHTS “As a society we now look to our leaders to be connected to their communities, to inspire confidence, act with integrity and empower and nurture those they lead.”

Thankfully, we have travelled some distance from this position. Leadership in the 21st century is both cognitively and culturally complex. As a society we now look to our leaders to be connected to their communities, to inspire confidence, act with integrity and empower and nurture those they lead. As Sir Ken Robinson states; The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas: it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they are valued. Returning to the classroom gave me an opportunity to again become a learner, reflect on my personal journey and identify the influences and milestones that shaped the leader I am today. In doing so, I recognized that it has often been during the most difficult times, and whilst facing the greatest challenges, that I have grown most. I was able to consider my own strengths and weakness and spend dedicated time challenging myself to improve my effectiveness.

The lessons learned reinforced my deep belief that leadership must be driven by strong moral purpose and a commitment to building high quality, respectful relationships. It is about service to others, requires humility but also self-belief. I learned that good leadership transcends context. True leadership is only achieved in concert with your community. Most importantly my time at Oxford reaffirmed what a great privilege it is to lead such a wonderful School. One that is rich in history and driven by a deep commitment to constantly seek the best way to the serve the girls in our care. I look forward to sharing the lessons learnt with my own leadership team and ensuring our curriculum builds every girl’s capacity to lead. My sabbatical was a gift, a gift that will benefit me and more importantly the people I lead. I return renewed, re-energised and excited by the journey ahead. Jane Danvers Principal

Above Principal Jane Danvers on the University of Oxford’s lawns, Oxford, United Kingdom


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STUDENT LEADERSHIP Wilderness School actively cultivates leadership qualities in our girls; it is a key priority in the School’s Strategic Plan “by explicitly embedding a culture of servant leadership throughout the School.” This is not a focus on creating managers, but rather it is by “empowering each girl with the necessary tools to flourish and live a life of promise, purpose and fulfilment” that we develop girls to be strong leaders. Leadership experiences take each girl on a journey that develops a stronger sense of self-awareness, a greater understanding of their peers, a motivation to make a leadership contribution to Wilderness and a well-developed sense of what it takes to lead. It is something that is embedded in the girls’ schooling from the moment they start at the School – it is something that will stay with them when they leave School, prepared for a fulfilling personal and professional life. We know and appreciate that every girl is unique. It is this aspect that must be identified and fostered to allow her to experience success regardless of her academic or co-curricular ability. Individual uniqueness is to be celebrated and the true potential of each girl can be unleashed by: •

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assisting them to develop an understanding of their personal strengths; helping them overcome threats and fears; celebrating success regardless of where and how it occurs; ensuring they are determined and persistent; encouraging them to be innovative

and prepared to take educated risks to push the boundaries and not be scared of failure. It is with these skills in their ‘tool bag’ that all girls will be leaders regardless of whether they have an official position or not. There are several activities in the School calendar to explicitly provide the opportunities for the girls to develop the skills and qualities for their leadership ‘tool bag’ from Reception through to Year 12. The Year 10 girls recently attended the Nunyara Conference Centre in Belair for a 2-day leadership program. The conference is led by ‘yLead’, an organisation whose focus is to enhance self-awareness, promote positive thinking and behaviours and empower girls to utilise their ideas, talents and influence to positively contribute to their School and community. These activities provide a wonderful opportunity for our Year 10 girls to explore future options, decision-making, the qualities of effective leadership, team building, goal setting and relationships in a supportive but dynamic setting. In June, all Year 11 day girls participated in a Leadership program. This was an opportunity for girls to gain an overview of the expectations of them as student leaders, prior to the commencement of nominations and voting for SRC leadership positions which occur in Term 3. Additionally, this year, for the first time in the Middle School’s history at Wilderness, our Year 9 girls had the opportunity to contend for Middle School Leadership positions. Wilderness School believes that effective

student leadership includes a broad range of experiences for all girls. Leadership roles can: • • • •

augment the development of identity play an important role in enabling girls to move toward autonomy challenge girls, enhancing their capacity to deal with complexity provide meaningful opportunities for personal growth through rich relational contexts.

Our Year 9 girls rose to the challenge, delivering inspiring speeches about their vision for Middle School as prospective leaders within the Executive team and as House Captains, Student Foundation Representatives or Library Representatives. The common thread that emerged within our group of aspiring leaders was the strong objective to foster a sense of connectedness and inclusivity in the Middle School through fun, no cost initiatives. It was wonderful to see so many outstanding girls put themselves forward, an indication that our Year 9 girls have a strong capacity to lead and are excited by the opportunity. It is the sum of all these experiences and opportunities that will help to strengthen the leadership ‘tools’ of our girls, developing a confidence and willingness to shape the world, and as Sheryl Sandberg (Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead) states, “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” Ben Manifold Head of Senior School


We are thrilled to announce our inaugural Middle School SRC for Semester 2 of 2016. Join us in congratulating these girls:



Kimberley Day

Isabel Emmett & Isabella Lehmann



Kristen Yeung

Tiffany Hong & Emma Lane



Myah George

Malena Mavrakis & Victoria Moularadellis



Xani DeVito & Kirsty Krix

Cassandra Kelly



Neve Payze & Mabel Gorman

Eve Skuse-Fildes

KIMBERLEY DAY PRESIDENT What does leadership mean to you? Leadership to me means inspiring people to do their best and to help people no matter how hard the challenge is. It means putting other people first and doing the right thing. What are three things we don’t know about you? I am in the Country Fire Service cadets because I want to be involved in my community. My favourite sport is Soccer. I love working in a team to score as many goals as we can, I love creating bonds within the team and I love being able to have fun playing. Who inspires you and why? Numerous people inspire me, but one of the main people is US President Obama. He inspires me because I always thought to be President, you’d have to be the smartest student but he wasn’t; yet he became the hardest worker. One of the most inspiring things is honesty. For a president to share an imperfection with the rest of the world and yet have become president, is more inspiring and motivating than to hear a speech from someone who has always achieved straight As. He shows his passion to help the rest of the world and that’s why he inspires me.

KRISTEN YEUNG VICE PRESIDENT What does leadership mean to you? It is my personal belief that leadership means to guide and influence people with the sole focus of helping others or reaching a certain goal. I also believe that leadership is not something that can be clearly outlined or rigidly defined as each leader has a different style of helping others. However, I think that leadership definitely includes some laughter along the way; that is something guaranteed! What are 3 things we don’t know about you? a) My favourite movie is Back To The Future b) One of my favourite places is Macau, not many people I have talked to have heard of this place! c) When I was really young, I used to think that people were leaders because of their height. Looking at myself now, I don’t think this is the case… Who inspires you and why? My parents, but specifically my Dad because he is a great leader, not only in work situations but also at home. He makes the final decision, but makes sure that each person’s opinion has been heard. Dad also likes to make lots of jokes, which is something that I find to be important in good leaders. Both my parents have inspired me because they were not born in Australia, they migrated as teens. Even though they did not know how to speak English, they were determined and were able to create a comfortable lifestyle for my sister and I.

MYAH GEORGE SECRETARY What does leadership mean to you? Leadership is about being the voice of others. It means taking into account the ideas of others and opinions to make sensible and responsible decisions, that will help everyone in the future. What are three things we don’t know about you?’ I have been away on two big trips for sport in two different states. In 2014 I participated in an IGGSA competition for Lacrosse, it was called ‘The Comets’ and I went away for two weeks with 14 other girls to Perth. This year I went away to Sydney for two weeks with five other girls for Rowing. We took part in the National competition representing Wilderness School. For both trips I had a wonderful time and it really opened my mind up to different paths I can take. Who inspires you and why? I definitely believe my family and friends inspire me but the one person who I look up to is my beautiful Grandma. She has always done things in her own creative way, not caring at all what other people think. She is always supportive of me and I believe this is a really admirable quality that I am still developing and I really respect her resilience and how kind she is towards everyone.


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Founders’ Day is a fabulous opportunity for the School community to recognise and be grateful for the work of the Brown sisters and the opportunities their vision and commitment has resulted in for the ensuing generations of students. Margaret, Kate, Annie, Wynnie and Mamie Brown had extraordinary vision, courage, dedication and passion with respect to education. They devoted their life to the School that we continue to cherish today. Wilderness was established in 1884, 132 years ago. The smaller School at the time was named, The Medindie School and Kindergarten, or more commonly known as the Mrs Brown’s School. The School underwent various name changes until the name, ‘The Wilderness’ was adopted in 1918. At this time the motto Semper Verus was also introduced with the lion crest developed by the Brown women’s brother, Harry Brown. As part of the Founders’ Day activities, the girls were able to provide an insight into the personalities of each of the Brown sisters, their standing in the local community as well as some of the significant events that have helped to shape the School values of today. It was only fitting for the girls to be able to welcome special guests Ernest Gray and his granddaughter, Edwina Hicks. Ernest Gray

attended Wilderness from 1939 to 1941 in Reception to Year 2. His two brothers and two sisters all attended Wilderness: Ian, Rex, Julie and Janette. Ernest had four children - Amanda, Christina, Andrew and Sandy – with his daughters attending Wilderness. Mandy from 1962 to 1974 and Christina from 1969 to 1979. His daughter Mandy had four children - Edwina, Stephanie, Victoria and Fred – the girls also attending Wilderness. Edwina from 1992 to 1998, Stephanie from 1994 to 2001 and Tori from 1995 to 2003. Edwina and husband Tom have two children themselves, Jemima and Fergus. Jemima commenced schooling at Wilderness in the ELC in 2014 and is currently in Reception. Therefore, she is the fourth generation of her family to have attended Wilderness. We were delighted Ernest and Edwina were able to share their memories about their time at Wilderness, and thank them for giving up their morning to celebrate Founder’s Day with us.


‘We founded this school with the strong belief in the need for unlimited kindness in relationships, joy in learning and academic adventure, a spirit of humility and the balance between seeking individual excellence and success and generous service to the community.’ - Miss Margaret Brown

Excerpt from Article written by Eileen Pane (neé Trotter) shared at Founder’s Day. The Brown Family were the very heart and hub of the school, in fact, it was a natural extension of it. Mrs Brown was a most versatile woman who could make and bake, nurse and teach, write and lecture, comfort and advise neighbours or Members of Parliament as well as have time to visit the afflicted and to read omnivorously. Miss Margaret (Meg to the family) was the oldest. She was semi-retired when I knew her, sometimes taking an odd class but more often attending to business matters. Small and white-haired, she was always dressed in black, as round as a butter ball with a cheery smile and a sharp tongue, she still spoke with a slight Scottish burr in the voice. She never seemed to get ill-tempered about anything, though her manner was rather abrupt – every inch a teacher, she was respected and loved even in her old age. Miss Annie also taught in the early days at the Wilderness but as the household grew too much for her mother, she took over the family and boarding house care, a marathon task with little money for outside help beyond the family and older boarders. I remember her as a tiny white-haired figure, habitually girded bout with a heavy bunch of iron keys and housekeeping purse like a sporran, which hung from her waist. Others may remember her as a good hostess who provided wonderful afternoon teas at tennis parties which often continued to dinner and bridge afterwards. Miss Mamie was the youngest Brown and grew up with the school, eventually to become its Principal and highly respected in her day. She taught Latin and

Mathematics very well, French if necessary. Grammar was her long suite, but she never mastered a good French accent, it was atrocious and many of us suffered sadly because of this in our travels afterwards. However, her physical and moral courage were outstanding, she would tackle anything or anyone despite her size. She was a pioneering force in education in this country although she was a very humble person with a keen sense of ridiculous. The famous running track was laid in 1923 for the first Athletics Carnival, the same place that four trees were laid in 1973, one for each of the houses – Amaryllis, Antholiza, Carob and Sparaxis, with the development of Cedar house, just for boarders at first, in the following years. In 1940 the Second World War saw a severe shortage of teachers, with women taking on the roles of men in the workforce. Not only teachers but books, stationery and certain foods were in short supply also, further complicating school life. With a threat of air raids, in 1942, 17 trenches were dug in the garden as a form of air raid shelter. Regular drills were carried out and girls were all issued with emergency bags, located on the back of the girl’s chairs at all times. Fortunately no air raids occurred over Adelaide. As life settled after the war, Wilderness continued to gain more students.



C Above L-R A. Ernest Gray with his grandaughter Edwina Hicks and great granddaughter Jemima B. Pam Yule, Katie Murray and Mignon Bowen C. Students enjoying scones baked by the Wilderness School Café


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Planning for the 2016 Combined Career Expo commenced in October 2015 when the Career Counsellors from Wilderness, Blackfriars and St Dominic’s and their Administration Support Officer, Danielle Nicolas met to commence planning for the event. A list of exhibitors was created and divided between the team and the process of contacting potential exhibitors to measure their interest in attending the event commenced. Numerous meetings were held between October and May to finalise details, re-contact potential exhibitors, find new exhibitors, book booths, tables, source table cloths, signs and all the other items required for the event to go ahead.

The evening was a fabulous opportunity to investigate the broad range of options available to young people, to consider alternative pathways and to speak to experts in the field who work day-to-day in specific industries.

Finally, Wednesday 11 May arrived and the Combined Career Expo was ready to roll. It was Wilderness School’s turn to host the event this year. At 6.30pm, the girls from Wilderness School and St Dominic’s along with the boys from Blackfriars Priory, together with their parents in tow started the process of investigating career pathway options. The expo encompassed more than 70 career booths for students and their parents to explore future directions. Adelaide University, UniSA, Flinders University, Torrens University, University of Queensland, Bond University and TAFE to name a few of the higher learning sectors, sent representatives along to the event. In addition, were representatives from a huge range of career pathways including: business; accounting; film and tv; entertainment industries; trade training centres; hair and beauty; medicine; dentistry; physiotherapy and other allied health services; paramedics; fire fighters; SA Police; defence; real estate, surveying and many more.

We would like to thank Ms Rocco, Mrs Cleggett, Andrew Whiteman (Blackfriars), Alice Kleinig and Danielle Nicolas (St Dominics) who co-ordinated the biannual event. The next Career Expo will be held at Blackfriars in 2018.

The event was a huge success, the Gym was packed with students and parents with around 1000 people walking through the Gym on the night. In addition, for the first time an informative information session on areas of job growth and job prospects was held for 20 minutes by Caroline Clelland in Hender Hall.

Grace Teoh, Lowell So & Joanne Thai Career Committee Representative


OPENING THE ARCHIVES ‘The door, painted in a favourite colour of the Brown sisters, was for many years the front entrance to the School as it welcomed everyone including girls, teachers and parents.’ The opportunity to revisit items in the School archives helps us to understand our School’s culture, essence and the people who have played a role in developing Wilderness School into the nurturing, innovative and endearing community it is today. There is no doubt that there are many items you see around the School every day and wonder about their significance in our history – one such item of memorabilia that has invoked such questions is the Green Door. The door, painted in a favourite colour of the Brown sisters, was for many years the front entrance to the School as it welcomed everyone including girls, teachers and parents. It is significant that it has remained all these years later and still leads into the Board Room and then into the Drawing Room. Just imagine all the momentous decisions made behind this door! So next time you pass by the Green Door, just think of all the Wilderness community members who have passed through this door before you in the School’s rich history. Hilary Woodley School Archivist

Above 1995 SRC Executive with Principal Carolyn Grantskalns and Vice Principal Judy Dyson in front of the Green Door;

Above The Green Door in Autumn 2006; Principal Miss Priddle with prefects in front of the Green Door 1966

When next visiting Wilderness, we encourage you take some time to peruse through the new Archive Gallery in the Browns’ House. A collection of wonderful memorabilia are now proudly showcased.


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“If you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original” - Ken Robinson Wilderness School is dedicated to “...equipping each girl to succeed in her personal and professional life.” Our teachers actively seek rewarding, creative and constructive experiences for the girls to deepen their learning beyond textbooks and help them thrive in life beyond their schooling years. As a Global Education school we are committed to enabling girls to develop their capacity for creativity, enterprise and entrepreneurship, key components of the global education framework. Wilderness Business Week (WBW), held in Term 2, provided the girls with a vast number of opportunities to be Adventurous Learners, entrepreneurs and innovators as they explored business ideas, held round table discussions with inspiring entrepreneurial women, created their own businesses and learned from hands-on experiences. The calendar of events included pitching business ideas to a panel in a ‘Shark Tank’ scenario, developing enterprising women start-ups, exploring careers in business, hosting an ‘End of Financial Year’ lunch – food truck

and meeting business leaders to learn about careers in Business including Accounting, Marketing and Human Resource Management. Year 12 student, Lowell So has provided an insightful account of her experience: During Wilderness Business Week, Ms Iammarrone organised a number of female guest entrepreneurs from different industries to share their journeys of starting their own businesses. These women were raised in both rural and regional Australia, and overseas and all aspired to do the same thing: to build a business of their own, in Australia, the land of opportunity. All of the women mentioned that inevitably they experienced setbacks and doubts during the process of building a business, but gave us the key message to do work in an area you are passionate about. Passion will strengthen your ability to persist and endure, for doing business is never smooth sailing. This mindset allowed these entrepreneurs to succeed in business and led them to share their stories and encourage the leaders of tomorrow.


Another key point in all their speeches was the importance of building networks. Entrepreneur Story also attended the session to promote how they provide community connections for people to build networks. During refreshments, students had the opportunity to talk to the guest speakers and receive encouragement from them. Being able to personally speak to leaders in business and discuss their success and challenges was truly a valuable experience. The key aspect of Business Week was hearing that becoming a businesswoman is not about business theory but real life experience. The sessions were extremely beneficial for young people, particularly to those interested in making their mark in Australian business. To quote a representative from Entrepreneur Story, “Do it now, not tomorrow, not years later. Do it now.” Another highlight of WBW was the wonderful success of the Food Truck. Not only did the girls raise much-needed funds for the

Bhadure school in Nepal, but they were able to put into practise skills and knowledge gained as part of their Cost Accounting assignment. Accompanied by lively music tunes, the Food Truck established a popular destination in the school grounds, drawing popular attention to fellow Wilderness students, teachers, and the school community alike. The students delivered their food and service with zest and enthusiasm, with sales profits generated to support our sister school in Bhadure, Nepal. The food sold was kindly donated and prepared by the Phan family and the truck was provided by The Twisted Palette; The School is sincerely grateful for their generous contributions. The entire week was a fabulous success as the girls took advantage of the many unique opportunities provided to them. We truly did “provide each girl with the opportunity to see confidence, leadership and accomplishment in others.” Enza Iammarrone Business Studies Teacher

To read more about the wonderful business initiatives of our young entrepreneurs please visit wildernessshark-tank


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THE IMPORTANCE OF STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS) AT WILDERNESS Much has been written about the need to encourage enthusiastic young women to pursue tertiary pathways in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We want our girls to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and capabilities to take advantage of the many exciting careers these disciplines make available. By delivering a robust and innovative STEM curriculum, we hope to inspire girls to grasp the opportunities open to them both at School and beyond. The words of Rabindranath Tagore are a true reflection of Wilderness, “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.” Last term girls were able to participate in many exciting hands on activities where they were able to discover and strengthen their self-belief and capabilities as STEM learners. The Year 6 students welcomed Thomas the Nao robot to their classrooms, while two of our Year 11 students participated in the National Space School ‘Mission to Mars Bioscience Program’.

NATIONAL SPACE SCHOOL 'MISSION TO MARS BIOSCIENCE PROGRAM’ As graduates of the 2015 South Australian Space School Program, Lyna Yue and I were invited to participate in the four-day National Space School 'Mission to Mars Bioscience Program' during the Term 1 holidays.

where several of the astronauts ‘died’ and sacrificed their life in the name of science. As part of the program, we were also able to explore Melbourne CBD, visiting the Skydeck and other attractions in the Southbank area.

The program was set in Melbourne, where we were able to visit the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC), a specialised space-themed school education centre to experience an astronaut’s journey into space. We were allocated astronaut and mission control roles, working in teams of six to explore the surface of Mars. During the mission, the control team directed astronauts to perform experiments with rock samples and record information about the surface of Mars. Both teams had to be on the lookout for sandstorms and ensure that all astronauts returned safely. Our exploration of Mars was of great enjoyment and amusement,

Overall, the National Space School program was an unforgettable experience that has enabled us to develop greater knowledge of the careers in the modern space industry. We highly recommend the program, as it is an eye-opening and fun-filled experience where you can meet individuals that are highly motivated and have similar interests. Nhu (Sarah) Dinh


OUR EXPERIENCE WITH THOMAS THE NAO ROBOT In Week 3 of Term 2, the Year 6 girls were privileged to welcome the only male member to our classroom, Thomas the Nao robot. Thomas is a humanoid robot who can be programmed to follow specific orders. Using software called Choregraphe, we programmed Thomas to complete a series of tasks, also known as an algorithm.

be self-directed and collaborative learners who learned much from each other as well as researching solutions watching YouTube videos. We even created our own playlist of video tutorials for others to learn from. To view our full playlist of 27 videos, search YouTube for ‘Aldebaran NAO Choregraphe tutorials by Year 6 students’.

We worked on a project where we had to choose a community group that could potentially be assisted by using a robot like Thomas. In our presentation we made an algorithm to demonstrate how the Nao robot could benefit this community and discussed the many opportunities that could arise by embracing this technology.

A range of Harvard Visible Thinking routines was used to assist us to extend our thinking and enable us to reflect on what it was like to work with and program a humanoid robot.

Using Thomas required us to use computational thinking: “…thought processes involved in formulating a problem and exercising its solutions in such a way that a computer, human or machine, can effectively carry out” (Wikipedia 2016). Using computational thinking allowed us to take a complex problem, understand what the problem was and develop solutions. We had to pay great attention to detail when creating our algorithms, as even the slightest error would cause it to fail. All girls had to be persistent and courageous problem solvers to determine where their errors were, and how to create innovative solutions. A growth mindset was required at all times in order for us to

Overall, working with Thomas the robot has been a unique and challenging experience and we look forward to exploring the possibilities of working with this technology more next semester. Olivia Tallent and Sammi La

“The student work is quite amazing and currently the best NAO tutorials available because they are short, clear, cover a range of topics and demonstrate the most recent version of ‘Choregraphe’, the software used to program the NAO robots.” Monica Williams, Educational Consultant, AISSA To see some examples of the student created tutorials visit the AISSA Centre of Excellence www.


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On Sunday 10 April, 22 Wilderness girls and 26 St Peter’s College boys set off on their tour of the UK and the Western Front, accompanied by Wilderness staff, Caroline Pomeroy, Mitch Brunsden, Warren Heading and Mary Waterhouse, who travelled as a volunteer. St Peter’s College provided three staff members. The group was privileged to perform concerts at Australia House, Bath Abbey, Ypres, Menin Gate, Fournes-en-Weppe, La Madeleine Church in Paris, Vignacourt and Pozieres. A significant part of the tour was the opportunity to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Villers-Bretonneux. All the musical performances were exemplary and very well attended. Audiences were treated to a suite of choral and instrumental offerings. A shadow tour for parents was well supported. It meant a great deal to the students to be able to share the richness of their experience. Both students and staff left Europe with a great sense of pride in what they had achieved. In Ms Pomeroy, Head of Music words on the group’s last day:

April 26 2016 Well the final day of the Music Tour has arrived and almost gone. It is 10:57pm and everyone is tucked up in bed in readiness for our big trip home tomorrow. I can look back at our days together with pride in what our daughters have achieved in their musical development and their growth as responsible and reflective human beings. They have learned so much about the futility of war and their music has made an emotional impact on the descendants of those communities ravaged by the events of a century past. Our final concert in Pozieres took place in a humble church but the music produced was certainly our best. The emotional impact was palpable. At the conclusion of the concert the Mayor of Pozieres shed tears as he expressed how moved he was by the music. We are all very tired but there’s a sense of sadness that this is coming to an end. It truly has been a magnificent experience. Caroline Pomeroy Head of Music


B Above Cover Picture. Wilderness girls performing in Vignacourt Church, France A. Group photo at Australia House B. Anzac ceremony in Vignacourt



The recent Musicians in Residence Week featured Willie Murillo (Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Department Chair of the LA College of Music California, composer, arranger, educator, trumpeter, vocalist, and percussionist) and Chris Barron (Music Faculty, LA College of Music, pianist, vocalist, arranger, and educator). Throughout the week, the Musicians in Residence worked with regular Music classes, rehearsed with ensembles performing at Jazz at the Gov, shared insights with our Music staff and even wrote a song about Wilderness with the Junior School classes entitled ‘The heart of the lioness’. The week culminated in 120 girls from Years 6 to 12 featuring in 15 ensembles performing at the Jazz at the Gov event. Held at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, the evening was a wonderful success and ended with a rousing finale by all the performers of ‘Stand by Me’. Caroline Pomeroy Head of Music


B Above A. Willie Murillo on Trumpet B. Chris Barron


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SENIOR DRAMA JAIL BIRDS Trapped behind the iron bars of a women’s correctional facility, eight women shared their stories with audiences at the Newman Theatre. The ensemble of Year 12 main characters supported by a Year 10-11 chorus, brought director and playwright Melissa Sheldon’s tale of Jail Birds to life. Exploring a wide range of issues and crimes, from fraud and embezzlement to drug smuggling and sexual assault, Jail Birds was a thought provoking production that reflected on first impressions, judgements and the way society has historically controlled and condemned women. Sheldon’s highly realistic text transformed a group of Wilderness Drama students into female prison inmates who deal in many different ways with extreme adversity.

Each of the women’s stories unfolds as the play progresses - glimpses of their lives before prison were shown through the use of flashback sequences. Songs and dance were used to comment on the action and express what the characters were feeling. During these colourful and energetic escapes from reality, the often divided inmates were able to unite, to the tune of Gavin O’Loughlin’s reimagined scores of popular songs. Every single girl rose to the challenge, creating very slick and tuneful harmony singing, perfected by singing teacher Each of the talented actors also transformed from past to present, into mothers, fathers, friends and supporting characters and into the flashbacks of the other women. The Year 10 - 11 chorus portrayed convincingly harsh and hard-lined prison guards whilst keeping the sets moving and the prisoners in line. Jail Birds was an impressive production for many reasons. In the current social climate


we need to continue to consider the status of women’s rights, the justice system and the importance of arts. Jail Birds tackles issues that affect the young women who will be leaving school and making an important contribution to their community. Exploring current issues through the powerful yet safe medium of theatre, actors and audiences were made to realise how important empathy and moral strength is in instigating real change. Sheldon’s production is another triumph in a long line of exceptional Wilderness School productions, and continuing excellence of the Drama students. Annabel Matheson Wilderness Old Scholar


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RECONCILIATION WEEK 2016 IN THE WILDERNESS BOARDING HOUSE National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration and is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, and on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Boarding House Co-Captain, Asha Miller wanted to raise awareness of the significance of reconciliation for her people and contextualised this by sharing an insightful and moving story of her family’s journey during a themed dinner in the Boarding House. It presented a wonderful opportunity for girls to learn and reflect on our nation’s past and the heart of the future. Below is an edited version of Asha’s speech:

I would firstly like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that we gather on this evening, the Kaurna people and that we respect their spiritual relationship with their country. We also acknowledge the Kaurna people as the original custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still important to the living Kaurna people today. Furthermore I would really like to acknowledge Uncle Stephen Goldsmith, Uncle Fred and Auntie Linda and their families for looking out for me since I arrived on Kaurna land. My family originates from Jawoyn land in the Katherine region, located in the Northern Territory. My great-grandmother Martha Hart, was a senior elder for the Jawoyn people. There are 17 clan groups that make up the lands around the Katherine region; I am from the Bagala clan. Most of my family speak our traditional language Jawoyn and, some speak English. My ‘mummy moola’, which translates to ‘big mother’ (she is my mother’s sister) can speak 13 different Indigenous languages as well as English.

I cannot speak Jawoyn fluently but I can understand it really well as my family speak both languages around the house. Both my grandmother on my father’s side and my grandad on my mother’s side were removed from their family, simply because of their skin colour. They both had Aboriginal mothers and Caucasian fathers. They were both taken to a mission run by the Methodist Church on Croker Island, which is just off the north coast of the Northern Territory. During the war, the mission was evacuated due to the fear of the Japanese bombing the island and my nanna was involved in a walk all the way through the Northern Territory until they caught a train to Sydney. In Sydney my grandmother (who was 14 years old) was spotted for her incredible singing talent. She was a contestant on National Amateur Hour and won, becoming the first Aboriginal person in Australia to do so. After this she had many offers for singing contracts, even one from America, however the missionaries wouldn’t allow her to take up any of these opportunities. Nanna went on to become a singing legend in

the Northern Territory and was often invited to Government House to sing for visiting dignitaries. After she passed away, my nanna was inducted into the National Indigenous Music Hall of Fame in 2007. It is also worthwhile sharing that another young singing talent, who also was 14 at the time of my nanna’s funeral, performed at Nanna’s wake to honour her amazing voice. You may have heard of her; Jessica Mauboy! It is also worthwhile to reflect on how many other Aboriginal people missed out on pursuing their full potential because of the racist policies at the time. Reconciliation has started to overcome the impacts of these policies and make amends to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that have been affected by the stolen generation and to make sure this never happens again. Importantly, there have been many recent efforts to ensure that all Australians, regardless of the colour of their skin, have the opportunity to reach their full potential.


In my culture, family and country (which includes plants and animals) is a very big part of who we are and what we do. For example, my grandparents have nine or more siblings, my father is the youngest of 12, and I am the youngest of five. I cannot even begin to count the number of cousins I have, and I currently have 14 nieces and nephews, from my two older brothers and two older sisters. It goes to show how family orientated we are. In Bagala country, there are strong laws relating to food and people’s relationship to it. People are connected to plants and animals through totem relationships and have responsibilities to look after those plants and animals. My totem animal is the green short-necked turtle, so I am forbidden from eating this food. Different communities have different laws for foods and how they should be collected and prepared. These laws were given by the creation ancestors in The Dreaming. Foods are gathered and harvested according to the seasons and cultural beliefs. Ceremonies are conducted to give thanks, bring rain and celebrate. Traditionally, women gathered to collect nuts and seeds, fruits and berries and small animals, while

men hunted for the larger land animals and fished. In my family we are very privileged to still collect and hunt when we are on our country. This privilege is not the case for all clans across Australia. Even though my mother’s family and my father’s family have been directly affected by racism and discrimination, we are acutely aware that many other Aboriginal families have not been able to maintain strong relationships with their family and country. This makes us very sad. Many members of my family were in Canberra the day of Kevin Rudd’s Reconciliation speech. The rest of us watched it from home and school. That day was really important to Aboriginal people, especially the stolen generation people, as it was the first time since Caucasian arrival that they felt there was genuine remorse felt for taking children away from their families and their land. Unfortunately, my nanna passed away before she could hear this speech, however my grandad is still around and I can see the positive impact this speech has had on how he feels.

In closing, I would like to thank you for listening this evening, and I thank you all for your ongoing contribution to Reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. It is about acknowledging past wrongs, and the impact of these wrongs and truly respecting each other in making sure this never happens again. Asha Miller Co-Captain of Boarding


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MIDDLE & SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL The cap-gun fires. The girls are off and it’s a flurry of momentum, courage and determination. With winter around the corner the interhouse cross-country finished with Cedar taking the reins as, the overall winner, Emilie Muir, impressively achieved a time of 8:21. It’s not all about winning, however, and that’s exactly what I witnessed watching the girls from the sideline where teamwork and encouragement were visible everywhere. It’s amazing how the values we learn inside of School can be implemented beyond the classroom. This is clearly evident throughout the cross-

country event. Whether it’s the Amaryllis Aardvark or the Carob Frog pushing the girls along, there is an abundance of motivational remarks whispered among the huffing and puffing mass of sweaty bodies. Your age, grade or house do not make a difference. Runners, walkers and the odd leisurely-strollers spread across the track showing the great thing about cross-country, the freedom to work to our own capability and with every girl participating. As I watched from a distance, it was heartening to witness the passion and enthusiasm visible through the vibrant colours of green, orange, blue, pink and purple representing the strong House spirit. I was inspired by the encouragement offered by the older girls as they overtook the young ones, slowing down, turning around and asking them if they would like to walk with them; just another example of Respectful Relationships played out in our community. I was extremely proud to see the support shown as they walked off into the distance. I congratulate and thank everyone for the participation and initiative seen during this year’s race event, including staff members and student helpers. That is what we aim to achieve at cross-country, and we sure achieved it in 2016. Ellie-Walmsley-Pace, Sport Captain.

MIDDLE & SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS OVERALL RESULTS 1st - Elspeth Begg Cup - Emilie Muir 2nd - Indigo Marshall 3rd - Margo Muir 4th - Carly Hoffmann 5th - Neve Payze 6th - Gabriella Belperio 7th - Tilley Wigney 8th - Winter Marshall 9th - Emma Sleath 10th - Georgia Honan YEAR LEVEL WINNERS Year 7 1st - Tegan Powell 2nd - Anne-Marie Savas 3rd - Tahlia Leathart Year 8 1st - Emilie Muir 2nd - Indigo Marshall 3rd - Carly Hoffmann Year 9 1st - Neve Payze 2nd - Isabelle Bresson 3rd - Lucy van Klopper


JUNIOR CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL The Junior Cross Country Carnival is always a popular event with our Years 3 to 6 girls and this year was no different as the girls ran on a lovely day displaying great effort. Year 10 1st - Margo Muir 2nd - Melarn Murphy 3rd - Susie Greco Year 11 1st - Georgia Honan 2nd - Laura Montague 3rd - Isabelle Greco Year 12 1st - Gabriella Belperio 2nd - Tilley Wigney 3rd - Sophia Nery

HOUSE RESULTS 1st - Cedar 2nd - Carob 3rd - Sparaxis 4th - Amaryllis 5th - Antholiza

Cross country is a great endeavour to stay active and fit while having some fun. It also includes a lot of encouraging and enthusiastic cheering and support from team mates and parents. Along with the group of running and jogging girls and teachers who participated, some Year 6 girls had the opportunity of running at the back of the group with a Go-Pro. It was a great day and enjoyed by all. I congratulate all girls for their wonderful efforts. Jasmine Birt Active for Life Representative


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WE ARE WILDY is a series of interviews in which our girls speak from their hearts, with such eloquence, about the School that means so much to them. Listen to each girl as she describes her Wilderness, the special moments she has experienced and, most importantly, how the Wilderness community is helping her thrive and grow into a strong, confident and determined young woman. All participants have big goals in mind for themselves, and are keenly aware of the need to be contributing and compassionate members of a global community.

The series highlights how Wilderness is many things to many girls. It is a place where girls find inspirational role models, and are encouraged to show their genuine selves within a school community filled with kindness, friendship, and respect. A Wilderness girl will leave with a rich education filled with opportunities to develop her intellect, inner-strength and a love of lifelong learning. Don’t just take our word for it; in the words of Bella, Wilderness is “awesome”. To view the interviews visit http://www.









The P&F continue to support the school’s Strategic Priority # 3: A Thriving and Connected Community with the committee members volunteering their time to support the following events during Term 2. Mother’s Day Classic, Sunday 8 May. This important fund raising event was held at Peace Park on War Memorial Drive in North Adelaide. Wildy families and friends were encouraged to join the Wilderness team entered online to support not only this great cause, but each other within our community. Pink “Wildy” hats were available for this special day and pink cupcakes as in previous years provided by the Wildy Café. Thank you to Olivia from the Café for the cakes and Jen Guest from the P&F for coordinating Wilderness School’s participation. Funds raised for the event go towards breast cancer research, through entrance fees and associated fund raising, including the sale of hats and cupcakes on the day. We hope you can join us next year as it is a lovely way to start this special day in celebration of our mothers and special women in our lives. Senior Drama Performance held in the Newman Theatre, 18-21 May. Pre performance drinks and nibbles were provided in Hender Hall adjacent to the Theatre prior to the performance and again at interval. Thank you to Ian Denbigh for coordinating this event. Preview performance for Generations in Jazz in Hender Hall, 3 May. This event was supported by the Friends of Music, a subgroup to the P&F. This group of volunteers support to the music department with various social events throughout the year

providing parents and opportunity to see their daughters perform in a relaxed informal setting. Performances on the night included a selection of the pieces the various ensembles, bands and the choir were to perform in the National Jazz music competition held in Mt Gambier that following weekend.


Jazz at the Gov performed at the Governor Hindmarsh, 3 June. Again supported by the Friends of Music. A brilliant evening that enabled bands, ensembles, orchestra and choirs to not only perform individually but also together. The finale was indeed spectacular, lead by Caroline Pomeroy and guest musicians Willie Murillo and Chris Barron. A truly moving end to a fabulous night. This event open to all Wildy families and friends and is another event to earmark for your calendar next year. Thank you again to Ian Denbigh for coordinating this event on behalf of the Friends of Music.

President Karen Gough

We continue to be grateful to the P&F committee for their support and donation of their time and look forward to assisting with further events during Term 3. Karen Gough President 2016

Vice President Gary Holzer Secretary Meg Ryan Treasurer John Montague Committee Members Darren Armitage Ana Beveridge Ian Denbigh Renee Fenton Jennifer Guest Leane Haller Paul Hicks Craig Honan Julia Nitschke (OSA Representative) Sally Wood


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Consider a tax-deductible donation to the Wilderness School Foundation Building Fund with 100 per cent of the proceeds contributing to capital works, enabling us to offer a world-class education. Be recognised for your support, with your family name on one, or both of our threedimensional artwork installations that have been designed for Newman Theatre and Browns’ House.

To have your family name inscribed forever, contact Manager of Development and Community Jodie Escott on (08) 8344 6688 or for a brochure with all of the information of how to make your donation. This unique opportunity and legacy for your family closes Friday 12 August. Jodie Escott Manager of Development and Community

FINDING DORY FUNDRAISING EVENT Almost 200 guests filled the Regal Theatre, Kensington Park to see the highly anticipated new movie Finding Dory just two days after its release. It was a fun family afternoon hosted by the Wilderness School Foundation with everyone enjoying a Gelista gelati or popcorn during the movie. All proceeds raised went towards the redevelopment of Browns’ House, Newman Theatre and the four new FLS Classrooms. It was a great event for the many School families and friends who attended. It was a simply stunning movie about the true meaning of family. Jodie Escott Manager of Development & Community



$50 Per Person For 2010-2015 Graduates: special entry price $20 pp Includes lots of canapes and arrival drinks Additional drinks can be purchased from the Bar

Bookings no later than Friday 5 August - Parking is available at Adelaide Oval GET TOGETHER WITH YOUR WILDY FRIENDS FOR A FABULOUS EVENING.




WOSA UPCOMING EVENTS OS Annual Event Adelaide Oval Friday 19 August Class of 2006 Reunion The Kentish Saturday 27 August Old Boys’ Cocktail Party Thursday 1 September Class of 1976 Reunion Dinner Publishers Hotel Saturday 10 September Tasmanian Reunion Launceston Dinner Saturday 10 September Tasmanian Reunion Hobart Lunch Saturday 11 September

Two Old Scholars from 1941 who died in recent months are noteworthy for their contributions to the Wilderness School Community - one as a member of Council and the other as a convenor of Old Scholars’ Reunions. Mary Hone, later Mrs Allan Kerr Grant, was a member of the inaugural Wilderness Council of Governors in 1948. She served as a highly valued and respected member of Council for the next 32 years, seemingly an unlikely-to-be-beaten record. She retired in 1980.

Helen Cruickshank, née Frayne was passionate about Old Scholars keeping in touch. For probably over 40 years (the exact time is uncertain) by means of letter, telephone, word of mouth and notices in the Sydney Morning Herald, she convened reunion lunches in Sydney for Old Scholars living in NSW and the ACT. The School Community is pleased to acknowledge the significant and invaluable contributions to Wilderness made by these two treasured Old Scholars.







1956-62 Morning Tea Tuesday 13 September



Dr Pooja Newman, President Wilderness Old Scholars’ Association





This is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Association, with approximately 200 School families, old scholars and friends from the local community attending. Scott McBain was MC for the evening, Peter Fried was our auctioneer with a range of wonderful prizes on offer as well as a raffle and a wine wall. It was an exciting night of upbeat questions thanks to our new quiz questions from old scholar Nama Warburton. It was a tight contest, but the winner on the night was an Annie’s House parents’ table.

Many old scholars, especially the Committee and maintenance staff from the School worked to ensure the night was a great success. Thank you to all who came on the night and supported the Wilderness School Old Scholars’ Association. Thanks must also go to the Foundation staff for their support on the night.




A popular event on the School calendar, the Annual Wilderness Quiz Night for 2016 was hosted by the Wilderness Old Scholars’ Association on Friday 27 May in the Gymnasium.

Thank you to the School families for their donations raised via the Casual Day earlier in the year and the many local businesses for supporting our event. We raised over $18,000 which is to support the School for the building development and for the Old Scholars’ Scholarship.









Western Australian Reunion Dinner October Details soon Southern Fleurieu Morning Tea Tuesday 4 October Class of 1986 Reunion Dinner The British Hotel Saturday 15 October 1963 & Prior Old Scholars Lunch Tuesday 25 October Class of 1966 Reunion Dinner The British Hotel Saturday 5 November Class of 1996 Reunion Saturday 5 November Details soon

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It has been a couple of years since the last Victorian Reunion, so it was pleasing to see 50 old scholars gather at The Botanical in South Yarra for breakfast. This stunning restaurant was the scene for an incredible morning of discovery, rekindled friendships and lots of laughter.

During a sunny Sydney afternoon at Kirribilli Club, 18 old scholars enjoyed incredible views across Sydney Harbour, some of whom were attending a Wilderness School event for the first time since finishing school. It was a wonderful event enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks must go to Wunny Black whose continued support and assistance brings this annual event to life. There are plans for a Friday drinks event and also a brunch/lunch later in the year and two events in 2017.

It has been 60 years since this group of amazing women finished at Wilderness School. Eight of this group attended a tour of the School and for some, it was the first time they had returned to Wilderness since leaving. A long lunch was enjoyed by 22 women at the River Café as they enjoyed each other’s company and rekindled a few memories. Many of the women still enjoy monthly catch-ups over lunch, but the opportunity to enjoy the company of such a large group was very enjoyable.









The old scholars in attendance ranged from the class of 1957 to the class of 2009 and was a resounding success. Thank you to Samantha Wood for her fabulous venue selection and assistance in organising this terrific reunion.









Golf Day









Hosted by Principal Jane Danvers, 20 old scholars ventured to Granger and Co, Notting Hill, London to celebrate life, accomplishments, memories and friendship across the globe. Old scholars, including women who had travelled from Europe, enjoyed an amazing brunch with delicious food and delightful company. A brilliant time was had by all, and as Jane stated, “It was a fabulous day with fabulous women. There were wonderful stories of journeys and accomplishments far from home. Wilderness girls - Always True.”

Two days into winter, 28 guests enjoyed a fresh morning tour of Wilderness School followed by morning tea in the Drawing Room. Included in the tour group were mothers and daughters of Wilderness old scholars and some former staff who are now Honorary old scholars who showed genuine passion and interest in the School.

Founders’ Day was enjoyed by both the students and old scholars. This year we were fortunate to celebrate with old scholars who attended the School between 1949-1955, as well as a few pre-1949 old scholars.

This is the first time we have offered an Old Scholars’ tour and its popularity will ensure we will certainly invite our old scholar community to join us again in 2017.






A sincere thank you for old scholars in London: Kate Olsson, Kate Webster and Alisa Ahmed for their expertise and advice to bring this reunion to life.



For reunion questions please contact Jodie Escott, Manager of Development and Community on

It was wonderful to hear the many stories from our old scholars about how our School has changed over the years and the appreciation of the redevelopment, beautiful grounds and greenery. A special thank you to the Foundation staff who assisted, along with the Wilderness Café.













Our special old scholar guests were Edwina Porter (1998) and her grandfather and old boy Ernest Gray (1951) who spoke at our Founders’ Day Assembly with passion, humour and extraordinary knowledge of the past and present Wilderness. Guests were all presented with a Wilderness School key ring and treated to a lovely morning tea of coffee, tea, cakes and scones which was served in the Drawing Room by the Foundation girls. During the morning, fond memories were shared as guest took the opportunity to tour the redeveloped buildings along with the new Archive Gallery which proved to be very popular. The morning was enjoyed by all and concluded with a rendition of the School song. The School was very pleased to host a wonderful group of old scholars who are so proud of Wilderness School and will be ‘Always True’. Jodie Escott Manager of Development and Community


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NAMA WARBURTON (PRASAD) (1993) Nama is a writer for HuffPostAu and MamaMia under the name Nama Winston. Nama has written about a diverse range of topics, including everything from organ donation to Jimmy Barnes, ‘Stranger Danger’ to Kim Kardashian, and immigrants to Facebook envy. You can find Nama’s portfolio of work at

DESCENNA BELPERIO (2013) Since finishing from Wilderness in 2013, Descenna accepted a Scholarship to study a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in Criminology) at Bond University, moving to the Gold Coast in May 2014. During her time there, Descenna attended a field trip to the Southeast Queensland Correctional Centre. She also participated in a full-day Risk and Threat Assessment Seminar listening to world renowned authority, Jim Cawood discuss his knowledge of and involvement in the area of violence risk and threat assessment, behavioural analysis, violence prevention, incident resolution, security consulting and investigations. Further, she undertook two internship opportunities one at the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence and another with Queensland Probation and Parole. Descenna participated in the Bond international exchange program and travelled to Clemson University in South Carolina, USA, for the latter six months of 2015. Descenna graduated from her Undergraduate Degree in June this year and has since commenced a Master Degree in Criminology.

In 2015, after completing her PhD in theoretical particle and nuclear physics, Phiala moved to Boston to work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Phiala was awarded the Adelaide University Postgraduate Alumni Medal and also the Australian Institute of Physics Bragg Medal for the best PhD in physics in Australia. A book about Phiala’s research, titled ’Strangeness and Charge Symmetry Violation in the Nucleon’ has recently been published by Springer International.



Ali Mitchell now resides in Adelaide after contributing her time and experience for several years in London, New York, Hong Kong and Australia. She has been appointed Philanthropy Specialist for the Adelaide Festival of the Arts. Ali’s appointment has been made in line with the current restructure and three-year plan being implemented for an even brighter Adelaide Festival 2017-2019. During her years abroad, Ali worked with the Australian Consulate and Australian Mission to the United Nations (New York), the Australian High Commission (London) and in Hong Kong where she set up the Asia head office for Advance Global Australians. Ali has been recognised for her outstanding achievement and social responsibility; a recipient of the Australian Wool Corporation International Wool Scholarship (1989) and served as a Miss Victoria (1994). Ali’s work in the Not-for-Profit sector includes The Wealth Series for Women; a financial literacy program to assist Australian women which she co-founded in 2014.

Isobel Bishop (2009) has been named in the Australian women’s water polo team and will make her Olympic debut in Rio. Now living in Sydney, Isobel is studying visual communication at the University of Technology as she pursues her goal of working in digital design and advertising after her water polo career concludes.

GEORGINA MADDERN (2001) Georgina Maddern is working in Canada as a Manager for Mental Health & Substance Use in Vancouver Coastal Health. She originally went there for 12 months and never left. She loves it! It’s challenging but so rewarding.

GEORGIE PARKER (2006) Georgie Parker (2006) has been named in the Hockeyroos travelling to Rio for the Olympics. A journalism and public relations student, Georgie also has a long and distinguished international career as a hockey player. We look forward to cheering Georgie on in Rio.


WEDDINGS ANNOUNCEMENTS ENGAGEMENTS Josie Kirk (2006) to Scott Somerville MARRIAGES Brianna Chappell (2006) to Alan Johnson Phiala Shanahan (2007) to Daniel Trewartha

Top to bottom - Left to Right Brianna Chappel (2006) married Alan Johnson; Phiala Shanahan (2007) married Daniel Trewartha


BIRTHS Amber Rundle (nee Walsh) (1994) - Eleanor Rundle Rebecca Ashby (nee Riggs) (1995) - Holly Ashby Natasha Bedding (nee Houston) (1997) - Marli Bedding Lucy Dolan (nee Ashby) (1998) - Hugo Dolan Shan Sheldrick (nee Bader) (1999) - Isla Sheldrick Ceci Jeffries (nee Bennett) (1999) - Clementine Jeffries Sally Trodd (nee McDougall) (1999) - Scarlett Trodd Sarah Dalziel (nee Riggs) (1999) - Angus Dalziel Jaimee-Lee Charlton (2002) - Ellie Falzon Lisa Herbert (nee Turnbull) (2003) - Oliver Herbert Sally Bellamy (nee Luke) (2005) - Jack Bellamy Dempsey O’Neill (nee Grantham) (2006) - Anna O’Neill DEATHS Patricia Shapter (nee Mellish) (1938) Dorothy Walls (nee Bampton) (1941) Nan Baldock (nee Spehr-Jones) (1944) Anne Magarey (nee Hamilton) (1950) Leonie Horvat (nee Packer) (1979) Emily Trott (1983) Bec Collier (1999)

If you are an old scholar we would love to hear from you and share your milestones and celebrate your success. Please email your news and accompany a photo to

Left to Right - Top to bottom Amber Rundle (Walsh) (1994) - Eleanor Rundle Rebecca Ashby (Riggs) (1995) - Holly Ashby Natasha Bedding (Houston) (1997) - Marli Bedding Lucy Dolan (Ashby) (1998) - Hugo Dolan Shan Sheldrick (Bader) (1999) - Isla Sheldrick Ceci Jeffries (Bennett) (1999) - Clementine Jeffries Sarah Dalziel (Riggs) (1999) - Angus Dalziel Jaimee-Lee Charlton (2002) - Ellie Falzon Sally Bellamy (Luke) (2005) - Jack Bellamy Dempsey O’Neill (Grantham) (2006) - Anna O’Neill Sally Trodd (McDougall) (1999) - Scarlett Trodd

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