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JUNIOR SCHOOL SRC CEREMONY Last Friday the new JSRC for 2017 received their badges, presented to them at a special assembly. A lot of parents came to watch their daughters receive their leadership badge and we all really enjoyed the ceremony. I think it was delightful that the Year 12 girls who were in the same or similar position to the Year 6 girls presented us with our badges. For me it was a new experience to stand behind the podium and give my

first speech and although it was a bit scary, I think I will get used to it. All of the Semester 1 leaders are really looking forward to making a little change within the Wilderness School community, to make it a tiny bit better than it already is. Today we met for the first time in our new committees and it was exciting to get a glimpse into what we will be doing in our new roles. We would all like to thank our Teachers for supporting us with our meetings and giving us such a wonderful opportunity to make a difference and experience firsthand, what it is like to be a leader. Jessica Craig Semester 1 JSRC President

SERVICE OF DEDICATION CEREMONY On Monday 13 February, parents and friends of the Class of 2017 were invited to attend the Year 12 service of dedication. This lovely ceremony saw the girls officially recognised as leaders of the school and marked the beginning of their last year at Wilderness. Mrs Danvers spoke about the importance of their position within the school community, and reminded the girls of their power to inspire the younger year levels. She wished the new year 12’s luck for the year ahead and presented them with their badges. Afterwards, parents and friends were invited to celebrate the meaningful moment with the girls over coffee and morning tea, it was a moment of eagerness and excitement for all.

Nicola Ricci 2017 SRC Secratary

2016 YEAR 12 RESULTS & SACE MERIT CEREMONY Tuesday 20 December 2016 was a significant day for the 2016 Year 12 Cohort. This was the day that the SACE Board released the results for all girls who had undertaken Stage 1 and 2 subjects in 2016. The hard work and sacrifice made by our girls were once again rewarded with excellent results. Of the Year 12 cohort 62% were placed in the top 10%, with 44% in the top 5% and 15% in the top 1% of Year 12 students in the State. The position of Dux was shared by three outstanding students who each achieved an ATAR of 99.85: Hannah Bransbury, Kathryn Jannes and Rachel Neef. Hannah Bransbury, Annabel Clarnette, Annabel Denbigh, Brooke Hoffmann, Kathryn Jannes, Claire Morphett, Rachel Neef, Niki Panayiaris, Sarah Rocca, Claudia Santin, Kathryn Sheridan and Jade Yeung all gained an ATAR above 99. Hannah Bransbury received five subject merits and was selected for the highest accolade of the SACE,

The Governor of South Australia SACE Award that recognises overall excellence in the SACE. We were also delighted that Ashleigh Bradford was awarded a Governor of South Australia Commendation, which recognises students’ exceptional achievements whilst undertaking the SACE, an outstanding accomplishment. The Governor of South Australia presented these awards to Hannah and Ashleigh as part of the formal SACE Merit Ceremony on Tuesday 7 February 2017. We were also thrilled that 51 merits (for perfect scores) were presented to Wilderness girls in 17 different subject areas at the Merit Ceremony at Government House. These are wonderful results and our students can be justifiably proud, as can their teachers. Ben Manifold Head of Senior School

WILDERNESS FORMAL 2017 All the Year 11 and 12 girls arrived at school on Friday 10 February with a skip in their step, orange skin, perfect eyebrows and immaculate nails! To be honest it was impossible to concentrate in our morning lessons because all we could think about was the evening ahead! Nobody could contain their excitement. When 12:20 struck, all the girls rushed off to begin a flurry of appointments to ensure maximum glam. We were photographed as we glided up the boardwalk to the National Wine Centre where an exuberant DJ welcomed us and ensured the music was up tempo so that almost everyone could not help but hit the dance floor. An elegant and beautifully dressed group of senior girls, and their partners did Wilderness proud. The evening was truly a night to remember with so much stylishness and entertainment. Highlights of the evening were the DJ and his skills to maximize everyone dancing, a Year 12 flash mob dance to ABBA, chocolate dessert fountains and a photo booth which was very popular as it created everlasting memories and was super fun with everyone looking so fabulous. The formal is one of only a few nights where all our friends are together and looking amazing - so everyone took advantage of fun group photographs. The senior formal provides a positive and cohesive start to a challenging year ahead for the Year 11 and 12 students and our dedicated teachers. I would like to sincerely thank Ms Douvartzidis for her incredible guidance and effort – patiently working with our capable and committed Year 12 Formal Committee to safeguard preparations which ensured it was really successful and the best ever. Eugenia Raptis 2017 Year 12 Representative

FIRST DAY IN THE MAMIE HOUSE Our youngest members of the Widerness community have had a wonderful start to the year commencing their learning journey in the Mamie House. The girls immersed themselves in exploring their new space and sharing time with their new friends.

WILDERNESS IN NEPAL Bev Tate, the grandmother of Holly Goodchild in Year 7, loves knitting! She knew of the efforts and support the Wilderness Community – staff, students, old scholars, parents – have given to both the Bhadure School and the Kushudebu Public Health Mission over the years and decided to help. The Kushudebu Public Health Mission has become a government supported Birthing Centre, with nurses at the centre being trained as mid wives (with the sponsorship of Wilderness). Bev decided to help, and last year I took with me to Nepal over 30kg of knitted baby clothes. The plan is for each new born to be given a set of clothes, while beanies and larger clothes were distributed to the young children at Junbesi Secondary School. I can only hope Bev had as much joy in making them as the children had in receiving them. I’d also like to acknowledge the continued support by the Tea Tree Gully Golf women who knitted almost 300 beanies, and donated socks for our porters. Dr Sally Nobbs

BAKING FOR THE RSPCA In the Christmas holidays, Tulip Burns and Catherine Portolesi had a bake sale for the RSPCA. “We worked for three days and raised a total of $330. That was enough to help 33 animals who were in need. On the second night of the bake sale a journalist from the Advertiser stopped to have a look. She asked us if we would like to be in the paper and of course we said yes. She came back the next night and asked us a few questions about the bake sale. Later that night a photographer came to take photos of the bake sale. And the next week we saw ourselves in the eastern courier. It was pretty exciting. The reason we chose the RSPCA was because we believe all animals should have a place to stay especially over Christmas. My little sister Winter Burns said she loved helping the animals and baking the cupcakes because she got to lick the spoon when we were done. We had lots of fun and it was a great experience. We will definitely do it again next year. Tulip and Catherine, Year 7 and Winter, Mamie House

GLOBAL CONNECTIONS OUR DAY AT NEXUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SINGAPORE On Wednesday 25 January we went to school with Lulu, Zali and Poppy Detmold-Cox. We were very lucky because that week was the special Chinese New Year week. We got to wear special Chinese dresses called Qi Paos and saw an amazing lion and dragon dance that afternoon. Throughout the day we participated in Chinese activities such as using chopsticks, making lanterns and learning a new language including some songs. It was interesting because it was an international school with students from all over the world and many different cultures coming together including boys! Other differences were that going into some classrooms you had to take your shoes off and the school grounds including the cafe were much bigger. But there was still things that were the same such as there were approximately the same amount of students, there was flexible learning spaces with beanbags, ottomans, couches etc, we were learning the same things that we had started learning at Wildy and you could participate in lunchtime and before and after school activities. We had an amazing day at Nexus it was so fun!! Rose, Iris and Hazel Newman

ROWING CAMP On Thursday 19 January, 48 of the Wilderness Rowers headed off to Waikerie for the 2017 Rowing Camp. There was somewhat of a variety of eagerness amongst the girls, with the beginner rowers super excited to spend a few days on the Murray River, whilst the seniors were a little apprehensive about the week of training ahead of them. The girls took advantage of the superb weather and water at Waikerie to make some significant technical improvements on the water. The girls should be commended on their effort and perseverance throughout the camp, as they challenged themselves physically and mentally in training sessions. The coaches were impressed with the improvements of crews on the water, but were more impressed with the maturity and growth of the girls off the water. Amelia Craig and Ashleigh Hayward, 2016/2017 Co-Captain of Boats, led all rowers through some fun crew bonding activities, including with a very competitive game of musical chairs.

Their Quiz Night revealed some hidden talents and interesting facts about both the senior rowers and coaches. The girls welcomed Principal Jane Danvers, members of staff, and many of their parents to the camp on Saturday evening for a wonderful barbeque dinner after watching the girls train for the afternoon. The Sunday morning saw the roles reversed, were the girls watched some of their parents take to the water, challenging the coaches in the annual ‘carp cup’ rowing race. The camp was an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the girls and their coaches. Relationships were strengthened, squad bonds were developed, and the community cohesion of Wilderness Rowing positively grew. All girls should be commended on their commitment and perseverance throughout the camp, and are enthused to continue this in their preparation and training towards Head of the River on 25 March 2017.

PASTORAL CARE AT WILDERNESS One of the special aspects of a Wilderness education is the sense of belonging that girls experience. Ours is a community where teachers, girls and families work together and value each other. Pastoral Care at Wilderness strives to provide each girl with the social, emotional and educational support so she can flourish and be the best she can be throughout her life. We believe pastoral care support enables each girl to grow and develop into her true self where every girl experiences a sense of belonging. The aim of our pastoral care focus is to create an environment where each girl feels safe, connected, valued, listened to and cared for. The main goal of our pastoral care support is to build genuine relationships with each girl so her individual needs can be met and supported. We are committed to providing the best pastoral care support for all our students. Unlimited kindness and respectful relationships are the foundation of our pastoral care approach where the uniqueness of each individual girl is embraced and celebrated. Pastoral care involves having authentic conservations with our girls, helping them to grow with positive self-esteem, confidence and resilience while addressing areas of concern through appropriate interventions. Every staff member is involved in pastoral care, working in cooperation with parents to provide the best support for our girls to adapt to the changing demands of the world.

HOUSE Every girl belongs to a House where she can feel connected to the School and Wilderness community. The focus of our pastoral care process at Wilderness is through each House where the Heads of House oversees each girls’ growth and development in that respected House. Relationships are developed among the girls in House so they have a sense of being known and belonging. Our House structure facilitates every girl to develop friendships, participate in different activities to connect girls across the year levels and also helping girls to develop their leadership skills. The Houses were named after plants that were found around the grounds of our founders’ home; Amaryllis, Antholiza, Carob, Cedar and Sparaxis. Girls in Years 7-12 are scheduled into a Form group and assigned a Form Teacher. The Form Teacher is the daily pastoral support teacher, working closely with the Head of House who oversees and manages the House. Each Form Teacher supports a girl’s wellbeing where teachers, girls and families work together and value each other. The Form Teacher, Head of House, Head of School and Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education also work together to positively support every girl.




Every year a range of guest speakers are invited to Wilderness to present to all Senior School students from a range of universities and work environments.


University of Melbourne – Tuesday 11 April (1.05 – 1.50pm) - Career Room Bond University – Wednesday 12 April (1.05 – 1.50pm) – Career Room Monash University – Tuesday 7 August (1.05 – 1.50pm) – Career Room Year 12 SATAC Night – Tuesday 7 August – 6.30pm – 8.30pm St Peter’s College (Memorial Hall parents and Year students)

UMAT MedEntry UMAT Preparation – MedEntry is run by doctors and academics and is the only government Registered Training Educational Institution providing UMAT preparation. MedEntry offers discounts of 30% for groups, and numerous scholarships. For more information please visit

This unique program features industry excursions and workshops, with on-campus practical sessions in cheese and break-making, confectionary and chocolate work, smallgoods production and small batch beer brewing, delivered at the world class Regency International Centre for Hospitality, Leisure and Food Studies in Adelaide. In addition, two six-month off-campus work-integrated-learning placements in real businesses (interstate and overseas placements are also supported) allow students to learn from successful entrepreneurs and experience the food industry first hand from several different perspectives. The Bachelor of Business (Food Entrepreneurship) provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and acumen to succeed and flourish in today’s competitive and rewarding food business space at the same time as it instils an ethical and sustainable business ethos that’s being recognised as a roadmap for community well-being in the future. For more information go to:


OXBRIDGE IMMERSE For more information of the two-week academic program, taking place in the historic academic centres of Cambridge University and Oxford University colleges please collect a pamphlet from the career room. With a diverse and enriching curricula, combined with challenging tutorials designed and taught by expert tutors, the experience provides a taster of what it is like to study subjects at university level. Students aged 15 – 18 are invited to participate.

STUDENT EXCHANGE AUSTRALIA STUDENT EXCHANGE AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND is a not-for-profit organisation that is registered with all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia and with the Ministry of Education in NZ. We are the first and only secondary exchange organisation in Australia and New Zealand to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants. Students can find out more about our exchange programs to over 25 countries, listen to former exchange students share their experience and learn about our scholarships and discounts on offer in 2017. You might be interested to know about our FREE apps available and iTunes. Information Evening: Wednesday 22 February at 7.30pm Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury 2 Flinders Street, Adelaide Visit: or a call 1300 135 331

LETZLIVE AND TUTORS WORLDWIDE Gap Year opportunities in 2018 – Letzlive and Tutors Worldwide will be hosting information evenings across Australia in February and March. Information regarding the evenings can be found by visiting either or They welcome any students (and their parents) who are interested in a gap year overseas to attend. Course cost structure has been reduced due to operational efficiencies for 2018 departures. The application fee is now AU$125.00 payable at the time of application. Their placement fee has been set to AU$2,450 which covers the cost of placement, orientation programme, assistance with the required visa and entry clearances and the full support of their team based in Australia and the United Kingdom. Application Closing Date: April 7, 2017 – Applications are now open Placement Confirmation: Placements are usually finalized by early July, 2017 Placement Commencement: From January 1, 2018 until mid-December 2018


VICTORIAN STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS Bringing home 3 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals was a wonderful achievement for Emily. This is a particularly great result given that there is a “two visitor� rule, meaning that only two non-Victorians can swim in a final. All non-Victorians therefore compete against each other for the top two visitor spots. Further, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, as well as other Australian states sent teams to compete.

SA STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS Emily also competed in the SA State Swimming Championships and won 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze in the State Age competition, furthermore and remarkably (as a 13 year old) won 1 silver and 1 bronze in the State Open competition. We congratulate Emily on these results which reflect a lot of training and discipline.


Georgia and Sarah also competed at the Victorian State Championships and did extremely well. Sarah made three finals and they both swam personal best times. At the SA State Championships, Sarah won 2 gold and 2 bronze medals. Georgia won 1 gold and 1 bronze medal.


NATIONAL WATERPOLO LEAGUE Kate Wheeler’s hard work is paying off in the pool with recent selection to play in the Women’s National Water Polo League (NWLP) for the Adelaide Jets. Kate now has a number of games under her belt, recently playing her first few games in Sydney to kick-start her National League career. Kate will spend the next few months training intensively and travelling the NWPL circuit along with her local club commitments at the Adelaide Tritons Water Polo Club.


ROWING AUSTRALIA SELECTION Congratulations to Lucy Last who has been selected in the 2107 State Pathway Eight to compete in the Rowing Australia Selection Trials held in Sydney in April. She contests the competition as a member of the South Australian eight, competing against each state, hoping to be selected for the Junior Australian team.

We love to acknowledge and congratulate girls on their achievements. Please do forward any news you would like to share with the school community to

WILDERNESS SPORTS NEWS This year, we have a number of exciting events in the Wilderness sporting community. Kicking it off with swimming carnival heats last week, we saw all girls get involved by jumping in the pool or cheering on their peers. Later this month marks swimming carnival, an event annually enjoyed by all girls with high spirits and enthusiasm. In Term 1, girls will also be involved in Summer Intercol (hosted by Seymour); where we will compete with Seymour for sport-base cups in Touch Football, Basketball, Water Polo, Tennis and Volleyball. The Intercol Competition will continue later this year when we host the Winter Intercol at Wilderness in Term 3. Cross country and sports day are the year’s other major events, in Term 2 and 3 respectively, allowing for all girls to showcase their talents and house spirit in competition to claim the House Cup. Finally, the recently elected Sports Committee made up of student representatives will work collaboratively to host our annual Sports Night - an evening for all Middle and Senior school girls and their parents to attend. This night is the showcase of our sporting calendar and will be a celebration of the sporting achievements from throughout the year, whilst also raising money for some very worthy charities. An eventful and exciting year ahead, 2017 will hopefully be a successful and enjoyable year for all Wildy girls and their sporting endeavors! I look forward to an exciting year of sport. Reshma Berggren 2017 Sports Representative

SCHOOL CROSSING MONITORS Recently your child’s school took part in School Crossing Monitor Training conducted by the South Australian Police. This involved students in years 6-10 being trained by Road Safety Educators from the SA Police Road Safety Section. After the training is complete the student will receive a Certificate of Authority issued on behalf of the Commissioner of Police which, under the Road Traffic Act 1961 authorises the student to work as school crossing monitor. The certificate authorises the student to stop traffic using a Stop Sign or using Pedestrian Actuated Traffic Lights, as well as give reasonable directions to pedestrians for the safe and efficient movement of traffic at or on the crossing as in their opinion is necessary. The training involves learning how to safely stop vehicles at a school crossing and performing safety assessments on when it is safe for children to cross the road (this includes asking the monitors to check that all vehicles have stopped prior to pedestrians walking onto the crossing). The session also includes safe sign handling techniques and positioning within the crossing. It is extremely important that all people (including parents) use the crossings and become good road safety role models, by following the School Crossing Monitor’s directions, not only for their safety but the safety of all students and road users. If parents have any questions about the training the Road Safety Section is happy to receive these inquiries on the telephone number 82076586. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Thank you Acting Sergeant Nigel ALLEN Program Co-ordinator Road Safety South Australian Police

IMMUNISATION INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF YEAR 8 STUDENTS The SA School Immunisation Program will be offered at your school by Eastern Health Authority (EHA). An Immunisation consent form will be sent home with students. It is important you read the information provided with the consent form before you make an informed decision and provide consent. This is so that you understand the facts about the vaccines that will be offered and the diseases that these vaccines protect against. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Eastern Health Authority, Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5pm phone 8132 3600 or the Immunisation Section, SA Health Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5pm phone 1300 232 272. ALL YEAR 8 STUDENTS WILL BE OFFERED: •

1 dose of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.

Please Note: A single dose of chickenpox vaccine is recommended for students less than 14 years of age. If the student is 14 years of age or older, a second dose is recommended 4 weeks after the first dose to receive adequate protection. This second dose is not free and is available at a cost from your Doctor or Council immunisation clinic. •

A full course (3 doses) of Human Papilloma Virus vaccine Gardasil.

These vaccines will be offered over 3 separate visits.

1 dose of Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough) - Boostrix vaccine

If you do not receive an immunisation consent form from your child by week 2 of Term 1, please ask at the school office. Consent forms are to be completed and signed by Parents / Legal Guardians in pen only and returned to the school, even if the student will not be vaccinated. If your child is not vaccinated at school, please contact Eastern Health Authority, Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5pm phone 8132 3600 and arrange for a free ‘catch-up’ dose/s. If you go to your doctor for the vaccination, please note the surgery may have to order the vaccine/s and there may be a consultation fee.

REMEMBER Keep School Immunisation Program records in a safe place as they may be required for future employment or travel.

























‘CULTURES OF THINKING’ WITH RON RITCHHART RON’S INTEREST IN “CULTURES OF THINKING” HAS LEAD HIM TO CONDUCT RESEARCH IN SUCH AREAS AS INTELLECTUAL CHARACTER, MINDFULNESS, THINKING DISPOSITIONS, TEACHING FOR UNDERSTANDING, CREATIVITY IN TEACHING, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE. Ron's research is classroom and school-based, believing that teaching is a complex art and science that must be understood in context. A strong theme of learning from best practice runs throughout much of Ron’s work. On many of the projects on which Ron has worked, he has produced videos of best practices related to teaching for understanding, creative and innovative teaching, and the use of thinking routines. Ron earned his Ed.D. degree (2000) in human development and psychology from Harvard University. Ron's research on how teachers create thoughtful learning environments that support the development of students' intellectual character was the basis for his book: Intellectual Character: What it is, Why it matters, How to get it. His framework for understanding group culture detailed have been influential in shaping education in schools and museums throughout the world. His new book, Making Thinking Visible, explores how teachers around the world have been using the ideas of Ron and his colleagues at Project Zero to improve students’ learning.

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TERM 1 DATES FOR 2017 SAVE THE DATES 2017 DATE Friday 17 February

TIME 6.00pm

Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 February

EVENT P&F Welcome Drinks

VENUE Hender Hall Lawns

Boarding House Exeat Raising Amazing Girls – Ron Ritchhart

Hender Hall

Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 February -

Year 3 Camp


Friday 24 February

9.00am – 3.00pm

Middle & Senior School Swimming Adelaide Aquatic & Leisure Carnival Centre (Marion)

Monday 6 March

6.00 – 8.00pm

Middle & Senior School – House Dinners

Tuesday 7 March

6.00 – 8.00pm

Middle & Senior School – House Dinners

9.00am – 2.00pm

Junior School Swimming Carnival

6.00 – 8.00pm

Middle & Senior School – House Dinners

Wednesday 22 February

Wednesday 1 March


Wednesday 8 March

International Women’s Day

Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 March Monday 15 – Friday 17 March Saturday 25 March

Boarding House Exeat -

Year 7 Camp



Head of the River

West Lakes


Head of the River Dinner


Year 8 Camp


Tuesday 28 – Friday 31 March Thursday 13 April

Adelaide Aquatic Centre


Whole School Dismissal

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