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ISSUE - 4 MAY 2017



Buddies Every second Wednesday, our Year 5 buddies come and visit us in the Mamie House. The Buddy program is a part of Wilderness life and we believe the integration of girls of varying age levels supports their wellbeing, builds confidence and a sense of belonging to a wider community‌

Wednesday 17 May 2017






JUNIOR SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY It was an energetic start to the Junior School Cross Country with House Captain’s leading their girls with enthusiasm in preparation for the 2.2 km course. The glorious weather conditions set the scene for all those that trained hard for this year’s event. All girls embraced the challenge, which resulted in a morning of fantastic achievements. Thank you to the Sports Committee members for officiating and to all the parents who turned out to support the girls. Congratulations to the following girls: YEAR 3 1st Leila Thirwell 2nd Ella Smart 3rd Katarina Czechowicz YEAR 4 1st Isabel Jackson 2nd Tiara Pullinen 3rd Indie Heywood-Smith YEAR 5 1st Jasmin Thirwell 2nd Annabel Duncan 3rd Rosie Lioulios YEAR 6 1st Mia Heywood-Smith 2nd Millie Jackson 3rd Eva Leathart


YEAR 4 CAMP Year 4 camp was filled with exciting and fun activities including bird banding, cooking damper, making dinner, a scavenger hunt and making traditional feather flowers. When we arrived at Crawford firstly we settled into our dorms and found out which friends we would have in our dorms and who we would share tents with. Everyone had a turn sleeping in tents which were out in the open bush and the other night we were in our cosy dorms with some of our peers. On Wednesday, we were lucky enough to make our very own delicious burgers for dinner. We even baked our own bread rolls and prepared the beef patties, chips and salad. Thursday was filled with fun activities some of the favourites activities being bird banding and cooking damper and marshmallows on

the camp fire. That night, we had scrumptious bolognese and then we walked up excitedly to the classroom and we settled down on the bean bags and watched the movie ‘Trolls’. On the final day, we walked up the hill in a group and did some journal writing at the top overlooking the beautiful view of the Coorong then shortly after that we walked back and started heading home back from Crawford. All together it made a wonderful Year 4 camp! Miranda Wells & Lucia Andrae, Year 4



JUNIOR SCHOOL ART SHOW ‘INSIDE/ OUTSIDE’ It is with great delight that the Art department wishes to inform the wider Wilderness School community of the 2017 Junior School Art Exhibition which will be held in Week 6 Term 3. The Reception to Year 6 girls and their Art teachers have been working on an amazing and diverse assortment of individual and group artworks for the exhibition, based on the theme ‘Inside/Outside’. The Reception classes will delight you with their large scale group paintings of ‘peas in a pod’ and ‘warm hearts’ colour explorations. Other highlights include the Year 1’s starry night canvases with individual clay wishing stars. The Year 2 classes are in the process of producing a group artwork using x ray films based on dinosaurs and ferns. Their gorgeous, clay joeys in pouches are not to be missed. The Year 3’s papier-mache, piñatas are being constructed and the girls have relished the prospect of deciding which treats will be inside. Their representations of fortune cookies may reveal a felicitous future and their ‘dotty’ artworks are guaranteed to showcase some ‘outside of the box’ thinking. The Year 4 girls are excited to present their ‘Lucky Cat’ sculptural pieces and crosssections of luscious clay fruit. The girls in Year 5 have been exploring the atmospheric colours of skies on paper umbrellas. Their digital drawings and screen prints are truly sublime. A special mention must go to the Year 6 classes who will unlock the key to your heart with their observational drawings, pastel layer cakes and intriguing multi-layered collages. Stay tuned for more updates on the ‘inside’ story. We really look forward to seeing you at the opening on Tuesday 29 August at 6 pm. ‘Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes’. Carl Jung Mrs Jo Porrovecchio Art teacher
















JUNIOR SCHOOL FOUNDATION GIRLS TO THE RESCUE During Term 1, the Junior School Foundation girls assisted in establishing ‘D&R’ (Discover and Return). This is a brilliant new system where the 3 Lost Property areas at Wilderness are cleared weekly of any uniforms. If they are named, the Foundation girls are emailing the student and then returning the item(s) during House Form on a Wednesday (for Middle and Senior students) and directly to the classrooms of Junior girls.

Any un-named uniform pieces are taken to the Uniform Shop to be sold as second hand uniform and all proceeds are donated back to the School. The school requires you to label every piece of uniform, books, lunchboxes, drink bottles etc. Please label with your first and last name (in full) for easy and speedy return of anything that might have been lost.


If you are looking for a lost item – please check: -

Gymnasium near bathroom


Cupboard behind the Health Centre


Junior School room (near stairwell)

The Junior School Foundation girls are so organised and doing a brilliant job of ensuring as many items as possible are ‘Discovered’ & ‘Returned’. A huge thank you for the girls incredible work. Jodie Escott Manager of Development & Community


BIRTHING KIT UPDATE BIRTHING KITS SAFELY ARRIVED AT DESTINATION Brilliant news! The 400 birthing kits assembled on International Women’s Day by the Year 9 girls have safely arrived and we have received a report on where they were distributed to: Kit Distribution Report Country

Partner organisation


Rotary Club of Makindye

Burundi Association Infirmier Sans Frontière Burundi Uganda

Beaton Foundation

Nigeria Department of Primary Health Care, Bayelsa State DR Congo Kenya Mission in Health Care and Development Uganda

Think Humanity


Uganda Australia Christian Outreach


Urunji Child Care Trust

DR Congo

Green Ark Committee

DR Congo

Green Ark Committee

The birthing kits that we provide each year, go to women living in and facing the most challenging of circumstances when they give birth. One kit can mean the difference between life and death.


GENERATIONS IN JAZZ After months of preparation, 47 girls from Years 6-12 rugged up and headed to Mt Gambier to perform at the world’s largest youth jazz festival - Generation in Jazz. Several concerts across the weekend featured an impressive line-up of incredible artists, including acclaimed composer and trumpet player Ross Irwin, the unique and dynamic vocalist Jezzmia Horn, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, piano virtuoso Marian Petrescu, saxophonist and composer Gordon Goodwin, and of course Australia’s own James Morrison. Additionally, the girls were excited to see Wilderness staff members Mr Damien Hurn and Mr Ian Denbigh perform with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra accompanying the jazz artists. On competition day, the four Wilderness jazz ensembles performed to a high level of excellence. Jazz Choir claimed second place in division one, an exceptional achievement, Big Bands 1 and 2 were placed fifth in their respective divisions, and Jazz Combo, competing for the first time, placed sixth. After such a successful weekend the girls were feeling justifiably proud of themselves, and are all hugely thankful of the brilliant music staff who put in so much preparation. Isabelle Greco Big Band 1


Thank you to all our families who helped make the Mother’s Day Classic such a brilliant success!


WILDERNESS CHINA TOUR From the 10 to 30 April, 29 girls from Wildy and 8 boys from PAC embarked on a journey to China. During this time we visited 5 cities, Beijing, Jinan, Xi’an, Suzhou and Shanghai. In the first couple of days in Beijing we adventured through markets, Tianamen Square and the Forbidden City. On the third day we did the Great Wall, every girl can admit it was one of the highlights of the trip and it was incredible to accomplish it with our friends. We also went to a kung fu show, had a Peking duck dinner, walked through the beautiful Summer Palace and saw the Olympic stadium. One of the most exciting activities of the trip was bartering in the markets. We all loved going round through so many different stores trying to find the cheapest prices of things we wanted to buy. The snack street was an interesting adventure, with some girls courageously eating scorpions and silk worms! From Beijing we caught a fast train to Jinan. The first thing we all noticed was the increase of pollution. On one of the first days in Jinan, we got to visit the golden Buddha, where we joined in on the local’s Tai Chi and rented fun bikes and carts to play with. We had the opportunity to visit a school in Jinan for 5 days. This was an inspiring experience for all of us as the school had 4000 students. We had the opportunity to attend classes, bond with Chinese students and learn more about their lifestyle. We enjoyed other activities such as basketball, tai chi, calligraphy and tie dying scarves. On Friday night we were allocated a buddy to go out for dinner with, and every girl had a different and unique experience. In Jinan we also adventured through lively snack streets, gorgeous springs, visited Confucius’s


mansion and had a lot of laughs flying kites in the city square. On the final day in Jinan, we climbed Mount Tai. This was the most physically challenging part of the trip, but it was well worth the climb. The view was incredible and was very satisfying and rewarding after the tough 7,000 steps. After our flight to Xi’an, we visited the Terracotta Warriors. The sight of a thousand clay men standing in formation in front of us was breath taking, and we were able to appreciate the work and effort of archaeologists to have put them together. After our two nights in Xi’an we travelled to Suzhou for one night. In Suzhou we enjoyed a beautiful boat ride through a small canal, then the next day we went to one of the ancient gardens and visited the silk factory. Our final stop was Shanghai, where we visited a beautiful garden, saw an acrobatics show and spent the rest of our Chinese money shopping. We also had our last market experience, getting to bargain again and experience the busy streets. On the last night in Shanghai we saw the night view of the Bund which looked amazing with all the lights. After our very exciting yet exhausting three weeks, we were ready to return home. This trip was absolutely incredible and we all made so many special memories which we will never forget, we learnt so much and it was amazing to be able to experience the different culture. Laura Rositano & Chloe Montague


CEDA LUNCHEON In the words of Chairman Mao ‘women hold up half the sky’, (circa 1968), so the idea that gender inequality is a serious and current issue in the 21st century is obviously highly disappointing. While all aware of gender inequality in the workplace, the matter was further brought to light on Tuesday 15 May, when myself and seven other Year 12 girls were given the privilege to attend a CEDA Women in Leadership Series Luncheon. Held at the captivating Adelaide Town Hall, we were fortunate enough to hear SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens and SA Equal Opportunity Commissioner Dr Niki Vincent share their insights and answer our questions regarding gender inequality in the workplace. Commissioner Stevens discussed the leadership and resilience required to change a workplace culture and other strategies required to accomplish gender inequality. He also talked about and provided evidence as to the shocking ongoing incidents of

sexual harassment in the workplace, and highlighted how this remains a significant issue that needs to be tackled. It is safe to say that the key factor resonating with Ms Trotter, Ms Cummins, the girls and I was Commissioner Stevens inherent, genuine passion to activating for workplace equality. His hard work at challenging the traditional ‘boys club’ at the SAPOL force was evident as he gave information about current strategies in place to promote gender balance, as well as plans for the future. Going forward as young women into tertiary studies and employment, we need to be aware of this issue and do what we can, to ensure everyone is treated with an equal opportunity to be successful. Eugenia Raptis Year 12 Representative, 2017





The Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA) are offering a second medSPACE Residential Workshop program will be offered in 2017. This program is for students who are in Year 10 or 11, have an interest in studying Medicine at university and consider being a doctor one of their top three career choices. The workshop will be held 11 - 13 July 2017 in Adelaide.

Toolkits is a mentoring program for writers aged under 30. It provides one-on-one mentoring from experienced writers, presentations from artists, and the chance to network with other young writers. The program takes place online, so high school students and people living in regional and remote areas are encouraged to apply. Applications should open in May, as in previous years – keep your eye on the website for details.

This program is offered at no cost to the students and is a program for students who have a hometown in rural SA, or who may have lived for 5 or more years in a rural location since starting primary school. Applications close on Monday 5 June 2017. For more information about RDWA’s program visit:

ST ANDREW’S UNIVERSITY SESSION On Wednesday 25 May at 8.15am - 9am Ivar Moller from St Andrew’s University Scotland will be visiting Wilderness to talk to students about (a) studying at St Andrew’s (b) studying in the UK (c) How studying in the UK is different to studying in the USA. Please make your way to the Career room by 8.15am to meet with Ivar.

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE PARENTS INFORMATION SEMINARS Sun 4 June | Sun 22 October Parents of current high school students can attend these seminars to find out about the university application process, fees, funding, scholarships and bursaries, course options, and accommodation. seminars/ SPECIAL TERTIARY ADMISSIONS TEST (STAT) STAT is a series of tests designed to assess a range of competencies considered important for success in tertiary study. It assesses your ability to think critically and analyse the material given, rather than testing your knowledge of specific academic subjects. STAT is used by many tertiary institutions in Australia as part of their admissions procedure for certain categories of applicants. Generally, these are: • Mature applicants who don’t have a recent or standard Year 12 qualification • Applicants who completed their previous studies outside Australia • Applicants who did not gain a satisfactory ATAR See the institutions here: documents/stat/stat-institutions.pdf


UN YOUTH: AMERICAN POLITICAL TOUR This four-week tour in December 2017 – January 2018 is for students to learn about the current state of American politics by travelling around the US and meeting politicians, diplomats, activists, NGOs and more. Applications are open to students in years 10– 12 and close 7th May.

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE YEAR 12 TUITION PROGRAM The Tuition Program will once again be running during the July school holidays. 10 – 14 July • Biology • Chemistry •

Mathematical Methods

• Physics 17 – 21 July

UN YOUTH: YOUNG DIPLOMATS TOUR This four-week tour will run in January 2018 across nine European countries so that young people can learn about diplomacy in the 21st Century. Applications are open to students in years 10–12 and close 7 May.

• Biology • Chemistry •

Mathematical Methods

• Physics •

Specialist Mathematics



15 May @ Flinders University, Victoria Square campus

Thu 19 October, 1pm – 2pm

This event is for students in years 10–12 to discuss human rights abuses in slavery and human trafficking and hear from academics who are experts in the field. The event costs $30 per student. Registrations are now open. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSIONS TEST (ISAT) This test is for international students applying to medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy courses at a selection of universities. Some other courses require special categories of applicants to sit for ISAT.

This webinar will investigate trends in the current engineering employment market. employment-market-update-webinar-0

THE DESIGN KIDS The Design Kids is a global community of student and graduate graphic designers. You can attend meetups, find jobs and internships, or get inspired by other designers’ work. Adelaide events: adelaide/


COACHES CORNER The senior A and B Hockey Coach Michael Wells has been working with the girls for two years. Michael has a vast experience in hockey coaching where he has been the Assistant U15 State Coach, Development Athlete Coach, Hockey SA Women’s Coach, Hockey SA Goalkeeper Co-coach and been a part of the Priority Athlete Program. Alongside his hockey coaching career Mr. Wells has been studying teaching at Flinders University and is currently completing his final 8-week placement at Wilderness. Over the year the teams have improved their results and are still working to further develop their game knowledge.

OPEN TOUCH KNOCKOUT COMPETITION On Tuesday of Week 2, the open touch team consisting of 14 middle and senior school girls attended the open touch knockout competition. The day was a great success for all girls, in which the team won 4 games and drew 1. This opportunity allowed the girls to showcase their skills and demonstrate the extent of their improvement over the season. Ruby Macmillan


YEAR 8/9 TOUCH KNOCKOUT COMPETITION On 8 May the Wilderness year 8/9 touch team competed in an all-day competition to qualify for the state championships. There were seven different schools who competed on this day, each holding up a tough match. Throughout the day, the girls absolutely smashed it, winning all qualifying games. The team worked well together to put in place their offense and defensive structures that they have learned in training. This day was a great experience for the girls to bond and improve their knowledge and skills on the game. A big thank you to the coaches and staff that helped and gave us the opportunity to be a part of this experience, we are all looking forward to the finals where we have a chance to be state champions. Isobel Dolling (Touch Vice-Captain)



AUSTRALIAN AGE CHAMPION Australian Age Championships were held in Brisbane 16/4/17-22/4/17. Emilie had a full program competing in six individual events and two relays: 100m backstroke 200m backstroke 200m IM 400m IM 200m freestyle 400m freestyle 4x50m medley relay 4x100m medley relay She had a great meet. She swam 5 PBs, made 4 individual finals, and came third winning a bronze medal in the 200m backstroke. These are fantastic results and she made huge improvements to her national rankings. Congratulations Emilie.


Both Melarn & Madeline Competed at the National Athletics Championships - Melarn in the U17 100m and 200m and was placed 5th in both events and Madeline competed in the U15 Heptathlon and the U15 Long Jump and finished 12th in Australia for the U15 Heptathalon.


Competed at the National Athletics Championships in the U17 1500m and 3000m and was placed 10th in the 1500m and 13th in the 3000m.


DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIPS Maddie has been selected to represent SA in the National School Debating Championships in Brisbane from 21-28 May. This is the second year she has been selected and it is a significant honour. Maddy is widely regarded as the best “third” speaker in the state.



ROYAL SYDNEY EASTER SHOW Caitlin was placed 2nd in her Hack class at the Royal Sydney Easter Show and placed in the Junior Showcase 17 years and under.


ROYAL SYDNEY EASTER SHOW Victoria did well in the driven harness classes at Sydney Royal Easter Show being placed in all of her classes and winning the Junior Driver Under 17. She was the only student that drove in the Open competition. Victoria also won her Galloway class and went on to get Reserve Champion Galloway at her first Sydney Royal with a horse that she has only had for 6 months.


AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL AGE CHAMPION From 16-23 April, Sarah Bradbrook attended the GHF Australian National Age Championships in Brisbane in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events (17-18 year old age group). In the 100m Breaststroke Sarah swam a time of 1:15.68 that was 0:00.05 of a second over my personal best, which placed her 20th in Australia. In the 200m Breaststroke, she swam a time of 2:44.57 that was well inside her personal best time by nearly 3 seconds placing her 17th in Australia.


Rianne missed selection for the Australian Age Championships by missing the qualifying time by a tenth of a second and having a double ear infection that prevented her from being in the water or a couple of weeks. Over the Term 1 holiday break, Rianne competed in the 1.6km Open Water competition in Whyalla in which she was ranked first out of both male and female athletes.


SELECTED TO REPRESENT SA Imogen Lesicar was selected to represent South Australia in the 2017 Under 18 Women’s National Lacrosse Tournament held in Victoria over the Easter long weekend, wonderful accomplishment.



ROWING SELCTION Lucy was selected in the South Australian School Girls Pathway Eight which competed in the Australian Junior Selection Trials at the Sydney International Rowing Course over the last week of the Term 1 holiday break. Her crew was placed 3rd at this regatta.


Rhythmic Gymnastics is the perfect combination of sport and art, linking expressive dance steps with skillful manipulations of the ball, rope, ribbon, hoop or clubs: throw, spin, spiral, roll and catch. Lauren began training with Rhythmic Gymnastics 5 years ago, since arriving in Australia she is training with Allegro Rhythmic Gymnastics Club. Lauren competed in the South Australian State Championships on 7 May and came all round runner up State Champion in her age category, achieving a gold medal with her hoop routine. At the end of May Australian National Championships will be held at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Lauren will join the SA State Team to compete against gymnasts from all over Australia.


Bronte Sleath was selected in the Combined Australian Netball Association (CANA) 15U International Touring Team which competed in Fiji during the April School Holidays. The tour presented a diversity of netball experiences from playing netball on grass ‘courts’ with local villagers to playing against strong, experienced and older Club teams. Despite the competition and conditions, particularly the extreme heat and humidity, the team was undefeated for the tour. “The most rewarding aspect of the tour was experiencing Fijian customs, culture and hospitality.”



ALWAYS IN THE TOP 10 Over three weeks in April Kate competed in a number of Australasian National Level events in NSW. Kate was never placed below the top ten, and usually Champion or Reserve Champion in every class, making her Australia’s most successful Junior/non-professional competitor across all events. Some highlights include Equifest Australasia Champion Small Show Hunter Pony Champion Child’s Small Show Pony Champion Child’s Ridden Shetland Australasian Show Horse Council Grand National Championships Reserve Champion Child’s Show Hunter Pony Reserve Champion Child’s Galloway Sydney Royal Show Best Ridden Shetland Reserve Champion National Small Pony Hack Following on from her recent success Kate has been invited to ride for one of Queensland’s most successful show stables at a number of upcoming events. We wish Kate every success for the upcoming competition at the Elite Northern NSW Hack Championships held in Lismore.


Emma Sleath has been selected in the Adelaide Metropolitan Netball Academy for 2017 and will participate in the Netball SA Academy Games in October.

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TAYLOR ON THE VOICE S6 Year 12 student, Taylor Pfeiffer performed on The Voice as part of the Blind Auditions, which aired Sunday 7 May on Channel 9. Taylor was selected out of thousands of singers across Australia to perform for the coaches - Seal, Delta Goodrem, Kelly Rowland and Boy George on national TV for the Blind Auditions. Although the chairs didn’t turn, Kelly asked whether Taylor would teach them to yodel, with all four coaches joining the stage for a yodel lesson from Taylor. Comments from the coaches “You are beyond. Your vocal skills are phenomenal” Boy George, The Voice Australia, Episode 7, 2017 “Pretty Impressive” Seal, The Voice Australia Episode 7, 2017 To watch the episode, visit to the 9now website 2017 is a big year for seventeen year old Taylor with gigs booked around Australia including performances with Lee Kernaghan at his SA shows in August, and learning 38 songs on jazz banjo for ‘Chicago The Musical’ which will open in Adelaide Monday 22 and run until Sunday 28 May. More details on Taylor’s website

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION PARKING RESTRICTIONS SURROUNDING THE SCHOOL ARE FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILDREN Walkerville Council impose a variety of parking restrictions around the school to achieve a safer environment for your children. NO STOPPING ZONES You must not stop your vehicle in a no stopping zone or on a solid yellow line, not even for a few seconds NO PARKING ZONES You may stop in a No Parking zone to immediately pick up or set down your daughter and drive off as soon as possible No parking zones are to ensure a quick and smooth turnover of vehicles You must not leave your vehicle parked or unattended. DOUBLE PARKING Double parking creates dangerous situations, you must avoid double parking at any time BUS ZONES A vehicle must not park in a bus zone during the times stated on the sign PRIVATE ROAD – MYRTLE COURT This is a private road and must not be used for anyone other than residents. This private road cannot be used as a parking bay or a turning circle.




Tuesday 2 May


Term 2 Begins

Friday 26 May


Quiz Night

Tuesday 30 May

All Day

School Photos

Wednesday 31 May


Reconciliation Lunch

Friday 2 June

8.00 - 11.00am

Year 2-6 Grandparent’s Day Morning Tea

Hender Hall

Saturday 3 June

7.00am -1.00pm

Wildy Lacrosse Fundraiser


Tuesday 13 June


Christ Church Concert

Friday 23 June


Boarding House Charity Fashion Parade

Term 3 Begins

Wednesday 26 July

Friday 4 August Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 August

Wilderness Gymnasium

Term 2 Ends

Friday 30 June

Friday 28 July

Wilderness Gymnasium


Junior School badge Presentation Wilderness Gymnasium

12.30 - 3.30pm

Clare Community Lunch

6.30 - 9.30pm

Share the dignity dinner

Wilderness Cafe

6.30 - 9.30pm

Eyre Peninsula Community Dinner

Port Lincoln

Boarding House Exeat Weekend