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ISSUE # 72

Wilderness Times | Autumn 2016


Principal’s Thoughts


2015 Year 12 Success


Leadership - Senior School


Leadership - Junior School



Wednesday 18 - Saturday 21 May Year 11 - 12 Production ‘Jail Birds’

Victorian Reunion Breakfast @ The Botanical Saturday 18 June 9am-11am

Friday 20 May 1949-55 Morning Tea & Founders’ Day

Class of 2006 @ The Kentish Saturday 27 August

9 Wilderness School Foundation

Friday 27 May Quiz Night


Thursday 2 June School Tour for Old Scholars


Junior School


Wildy Sports’ News


Raising Amazing Girls


Side By Side

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In the Spotlight - Multi Media


Parents & Friends


Old Scholars’ News

Wednesday 20 July Darwin Community Dinner Friday 19 August OS Annual Event

Western Australian Reunion Dinner September Class of 1986 Dinner @ The British Hotel Saturday 15 October Class of 1966 Dinner @ The British Hotel Saturday 5 November

Thursday 1 September Old Boys’ Cocktail Party

Class of 1996 Saturday 5 November Details soon

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

ACT Reunion Lunch Saturday 19 November Tasmanian Reunion November Details soon

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

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








Girl Focussed - International Women’s Day



Saturday 18 June Foundation Film Night ‘Finding Dory’


Wilderness School Foundation News

Class of 1976 Dinner @ Publishers Hotel 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.


PRINCIPAL’S THOUGHTS ‘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

Since 1884, Wilderness School has prepared girls to be adventurous, courageous, responsible and respectful learners and leaders. The legacy of our Founders, the Misses Brown, continues today and is a rich and integral part of our School culture, yet much of the world has changed and continues to change. It is important whilst cherishing and honouring our past, we look to the future. We know that it is a privilege and a responsibility to educate the girls in our care. We believe that each girl is entitled to an education that equips her with the knowledge, skills and values needed to embrace the opportunities and challenges she will encounter in her personal and professional life. We are passionate and resolute about providing a rich and challenging learning environment that fulfils our Mission; to enable each girl to be the best she can be throughout her life. An exceptional education for each girl does not happen by accident. Nor do outstanding pupil achievements.

To meet the needs of our girls today, and those of the future, means we must consider their academic education as well as cultivating their wellbeing, compassion, civic-mindedness as well as a life-long love of learning.

There is much in this Strategic Plan that is a continuation of the rich and holistic education currently provided at Wilderness, but it also heralds the introduction of innovative education practices as we fulfil our goal of providing a world-class education for girls.

With this in mind, I am delighted to share with you our Strategic Plan for 2016 -2018, available on our website at www.wilderness. Guided by our School Values, our Strategic Priorities will lead our work with our girls into the future. The Strategic Plan is the culmination of a detailed and consultative process that has involved experts in their field and the many voices within our School community.

I am very excited to introduce our Strategic Plan to the wider community and look forward to working together to achieve our aspirational goals for all Wilderness girls.

There is much to be excited about in this plan as it defines our focus and will steer our future decision-making. While being underpinned by the guiding words of our Founders, it addresses how we can look forward to ensure we continue to engage with the challenges and opportunities available for our students for now and into their future lives beyond the School gates.

Jane Danvers Principal


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MERIT CEREMONY The Merit Ceremony which recognises students who achieved perfect scores in the previous year’s SACE examinations, was held at Government House on Tuesday 9 February. It is a wonderful opportunity for Wilderness students with perfect scores to gather and celebrate their successes, together with their parents and our Head of Senior School, Mr Ben Manifold. The achievements of our students is something the School staff and community are very proud of; to see the hard work of these girls is extremely pleasing. Our students achieved superb results in 2015. Of the 83 girls who applied for the ATAR this year, 70% of the cohort were placed in the top 10%, with 57% in the top 5% and 18% in the top 1% of Year 12 students. The average ATAR for all girls was 91 which was outstanding and reflects the dedication and effort put in by the girls and their teachers.

The 2015 cohort gained 64 merits in 22 subjects, a result of which they and their teachers can be unquestionably proud. The position of Dux of Wilderness School was shared by three outstanding students; Catrin Bannister, Tatyana Hubczenko and Lauren Vu who each achieved an ATAR of 99.90. We were delighted that Arabella Hart was awarded the Governor of South Australia SACE Award that recognises the best overall performance by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student in 2015. Tatyana Hubczenko was also awarded a Governor of South Australia Commendation which recognises students’ exceptional achievements whilst undertaking the SACE, an outstanding accomplishment. Four Merit certificates were received by Catrin Bannister and Peta Musgrove. Hema Berggren, Hannah Bransbury, Tatyana Hubczenko, Helena Karapetis, Lauren Vu received three Merit Certificates.

Ashleigh Bradford (Year 11), April De Silva, Annabel Denbigh (Year 11), Arabella Hart, Claire Hockley, Kathryn Jannes (Year 11), Alana Pappas and Brooke Washusen received two Merit Certificates. Girls who gained one merit were Madelyn Agaciak, Phoebe Andrews, Jessica Ashby, Emily Bajcarz, Beljana Dally (Year 11), Chloe Davidson (Year 11), Liana Li, Joanne Liang, Claire Morphett (Year 11), Olivia Nankivell, Jessica Nguyen, Alice Osborne, Niki Panayiaris (Year 11), Emily Pham (Year 11), Josephine Renfrey, Sarah Rocca (Year 11), Michaela Rossi (Year 11), Lucinda Silvestri, Alex Skuse-Fildes, Zoe Spooner, Clare Turnbull and Anna Wilkinson. Ben Manifold Head of Senior School


ARABELLA HART Govenor of South Australia SACE Award Winner 2015 University of Adelaide Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

My love for science, particularly chemistry, developed in Year 10. Science has continued to intrigue me, however, with a wealth of areas available for study, I struggled to find a specific area of interest. Hence, I hoped to find a course that would allow me to pinpoint the area of science I am most passionate about.



Beginning Year 12 with this in mind, I applied to be a part of the Early Entry Program with Adelaide University (Faculty of Science) and was lucky enough to be accepted. This involved not only guaranteed entry into a range of science courses if an ATAR of 80+ was achieved, but sessions highlighting university life as a science student and areas of science available for study. This lead me to the Bachelor of Science (Advanced), catering for my interest in numerous areas of science. I hope that in studying this three year course, I will be able to pursue further education and a career in an area within science that I love.



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Wildy provided incredible opportunities and, combined with the amazing effort and support of the teaching and non-teaching staff, allowed for me to reach my full potential. SACE has prepared me for tertiary study, particularly through the Research Project, where I practised the important skills of researching, recognising credible sources and referencing such sources. Wildy created an environment where learning and hard work was admirable, an invaluable attribute that contributed to the overall success of our cohort.


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MEET THE SRC EXECUTIVE The SRC is an important and valued part of school life here at Wilderness as we develop and nurture important and inclusive leadership skills to prepare girls for life as active global citizens beyond school. Our aim is to develop girls who are confident, aspirational and resilient. The 2016 SRC girls are highly-motivated to represent their School community and to make a genuine difference to both the Wilderness girls and the wider community. In an effort to learn more about the SRC members, we asked them a series of questions; here are their responses:


What are you hoping to achieve? As an SRC we derived a vision for 2016, to create a school environment full of positive action and gratitude. We wish to spread this throughout the School and leave the girls with lasting values in spreading positivity and being grateful in all areas of life. What does leadership mean to you? Leadership to me is the ability to empower the girls at our school. I believe it means to be a role model and a figure that can be approached by all, with the ability to listen to others and represent the voices that may not always be heard, allowing each girl to thrive and develop. What legacy would you like to leave at Wilderness? To have inspired the girls to strive for their goals, reiterate the importance of never not doing something for the fear of being judged, and lastly, to be remembered as a role model who was respectful to all and created fun-filled activities for all. What are three things we don’t know about you? - Favourite artist is Jack Garratt. - Favourite TV show is Suits. - Dream destination is Switzerland. Who inspires you and why? My parents. They are incredibly humble, giving, caring, passionate and aren’t afraid to have a laugh, radiating happiness in everything they do. Together they have always taught me to strive to be my very best, knowing from when I was younger to this day that I could be anything I want to be when I grow up, because I have the most supportive and inspiring parents in the world.




What are you hoping to achieve? As an SRC our vision includes being a positive and grateful year and encouraging the same upon the rest of the School. We would like to encourage the girls at Wilderness to be grateful for what they have and to focus on the positive things rather than the negative.

What are you hoping to achieve? I’m hoping that we create a more positive school environment, filled with gratitude and appreciation for all the opportunities we have open to us.

What does leadership mean to you? To me leadership means the opportunity to work with my peers to create a vision. It means being a good role model, leading by example, being approachable and having inclusive ideas. What legacy would you like to leave at Wilderness? I would like to leave the legacy of being part of an inspiring leadership group who were able to achieve the goals they set. I would also like to be remembered as someone who is kind to others and fun to be around. As a year level, I would like to leave the legacy of encouraging all girls to interact with each other more - regardless of their year level. What are three things we don’t know about you? - I started at Wildy in Year 4 and my mum and grandma also went to Wildy. - I have a puppy called Louie. - I want to take a GAP year and travel, then attend university interstate. Who inspires you and why? I am inspired by Malala Yousafzai because she has had an extremely difficult upbringing and many people would be discouraged if they went through what she has been through. But she didn’t give up and now inspires many girls and people around the world to fight for what they believe in and she is making advances in girls’ education.

What does leadership mean to you? Leadership, to me, means having a vision, and positively encouraging others to engage in this vision with you, whilst inspiring them to develop their own. What legacy would you like to leave at Wilderness? Alongside the SRC and my cohort, I’d like to encourage more holistic learning, curiosity and exploration of personal passions within the Wilderness community, to ultimately create a more positive and appreciative environment. What are three things we don’t know about you? - Thai cuisine is my favourite. - I can recite Monsters Inc. - I love playing instruments. Who inspires you and why? Angelina Jolie – her continuous humanitarian work is inspiring and motivating. It’s heartening to see someone with such a high profile using their fame for the better, and lobbying to improve the quality of life for people who aren’t fortunate enough to have what we have.


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What are you looking forward to in your role this year? I am looking forward to having the opportunity to collaborate with girls across all year levels so that we can make a difference to life here at Wildy.

What are you looking forward to in your role this year? I am looking forward to making a difference in the Junior School, overcoming my fear of public speaking and being able to help younger students when they need it.

What are you looking forward to in your role this year? I am looking forward to be able to talk in assembly and having the ability to represent the Wilderness Junior School as the Secretary. It means a lot and I am grateful to have this role.

What are some of the qualities that a good leader should have? Here at Wildy we have amazing school values and I believe that a good leader should aim to lead with them. These include: having respectful relationships, being a true and courageous self, being adventurous learners and being responsible citizens. I think it is important to achieve this in a fun and enthusiastic way.

What are some qualities that a good leader should have? A good leader should be responsible, organised, kind and confident.

Who inspires you and why? I am surrounded by many incredible people who inspire me in all sorts of ways. I think everyone has something special to offer and it’s fun to find the good in each and every person. What are three things we don’t know about you? This is tricky. Not many people know this, but I love to cook banquet feasts with my dad for our extended family. I have also lived in many different places and there is no better place to live than Adelaide! Finally, I have a very big weakness for small fluffy dogs and my cavoodle, ‘Fudge’ is very spoilt!

Who inspires you and why? My sister inspires me because she is smart, sporty and she is in Year 12 on the SRC, I admire her. What are three things we don’t know about you? - I love animals especially lions. - I play waterpolo, hockey, netball and tennis. - I love to ski.

What are some qualities that a good leader should have? Some qualities a good leader should have is definitely organisation as you need to be prepared a lot. Also to be confident and courageous especially when you are speaking in front of the assembly. Who inspires you and why? Someone who inspires me would be my teachers because they help me when I get stuck and they always are so kind and help me when I’m in doubt. They also encourage me to do challenges as I have taken heaps of risks in the past Term. What are three things we don’t know about you? - I have a passion for swimming. - I like doing art and being creative. - I have no pets.





AMARYLLIS Tulip Burns & Charlotte Cavill



Summer Buhlmann

Sammi La & Annabel McConnel




Olivia Kyriacou & Catherine Portolesi



Phoenix Kuchta

Annabel Manifold & Jennifer Tran Nguyen


Elle McGill-Couper & Trishna Ramkumar


Alana-May Baggio & Georgia Barnes


Chrissie Downes & Anesha Rahman YEAR 5 REPRESENTATIVES

Wateen Hamdan & Grace Hyde-Kelly


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‘The tradition of family held dear by Wilderness was on display as an impressive number of generations of old scholars along with a current student officially opened Browns’ House.’

Mild weather, delicious canapés and beautiful wine were enjoyed by almost 150 invited guests who attended the Official Opening of the Browns’ House redevelopment, Newman Theatre and the four new flexible learning spaces. These additions to the School have all been meticulously designed to enrich the learning experience of our girls with innovative and flexible teaching environments, which encourage collaboration, creativity and student-driven learning. These wonderful additions to the School pleasingly now also provides wonderful lawn areas for the girls. It was wonderful for all in attendance to be a part of this momentous occasion as Browns’ House, Newman Theatre and the Flexible Learning Space Classrooms were officially opened by old scholars, philanthropic members of our community and current student representatives. The official opening ceremonies of these spaces represented the culmination of a committed and visionary group of individuals to add value to the education experience of Wilderness students and their families.

Christina and Angelica Alexander joined by Michael, Rebecca and Audrey Petrucco were invited to cut the ribbon on the Flexible Learning Space Classrooms, which were made possible through their vision and significant donations. Guests were then thrilled to observe the official opening of the Newman Theatre by our leading philanthropic donors to the redevelopment, Pooja and Matthew Newman. The ribbon was cut by the Newmans together with their daughters Rose, Iris and Hazel. The tradition of family held dear by Wilderness was on display as an impressive number of generations of old scholars along with a current student officially opened Browns’ House. Old scholar, donor and one of three generations of Wilderness women, Mrs Susan Morgan (accompanied by her husband Peter, a Wilderness Old Boy) was joined by old scholar Edwina Hicks whose daughter is now fourth generation at Wilderness School, and current student representative, Audrey Petrucco officially opened Browns’ House.


Architects of the FLS classrooms, Brown Falconer and Architects of Newman Theatre and Browns’ House, Grieve Gillett attended the evening along with the dedicated team from Sarah Constructions. This massive achievement in just 12 months is a credit to everyone involved including our Governing Council, Foundation Board, Foundation Events, and Sites and Services. As an independent school, we continue to fundraise towards the redevelopment and genuinely appreciate every tax deductible donation made to our school. Every dollar is placed directly into the buildings. During the evening, the Foundation conducted tours of each of the buildings and the recently landscaped areas. If you are interested in a tour of the new buildings, please contact Jodie Escott (08) 8343 1088 or Jodie Escott Manager of Development and Community

Top L-R David Johnson, Jane Danvers and Ken Williams; Showcasing the redeveloped Browns’ House Foyer Left L-R Micahel Petrucco, Rebecca Petrucco, Christina Alexander, Audrey Petrucco and Angelica Alexander; Jane Danvers with Pooja, Rose, Matthew, Hazel and Iris Newman

Above L-R Steve Grieve, Andrew Davies, Elaine Davies, Mario Dreosti and Michael Buchtmann; Lorraine Gormly, Ann Price, Jane Danvers, Helen McBryde and Genevieve Monk; Patricia Michell, Beverley Grigg, Susanna Proudman, Mayor of Walkerville Raymond Grigg; Edward Scammel, Vanessa Price, Paula Jolly and Paul Marino; Audrey Petrucco, Susan Morgan and Edwina Hicks; Emma Scott and Jaana Bithell


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CATHERINE YE TEACHER FELLOWSHIP Wilderness School is committed to the ongoing professional development of its staff. As part of that commitment, each year a teacher(s) is announced as the recipient(s) of the Catherine Ye Teacher Fellowship to further their professional development and ultimately enhance the teaching and learning at our school. In 2015, Heather De Blasio, Director of Teaching and Learning Excellence, was awarded the Catherine Ye Teacher Fellowship. In January of this year as part of this Fellowship, Heather presented at the ICSEI (International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement) Conference in Glasgow. Such was the impact of Heather’s presentation, ‘Learning without Limits’, it was re-tweeted to more than 6000 people in the world of education. Impressive work Heather! At the start of Term 1, Principal Jane Danvers, announced two recipients of the 2016 Catherine Ye Teacher Fellowship; Simone Burzacott-Gorman and Danielle Kemp. It is a wonderful opportunity that awaits Simone and Danielle in July 2016 when they travel to Harvard School of EducationFuture of Learning Summer School to participate in a research program. We eagerly look forward to the new and exciting insights as to how this program will assist teaching and learning for the girls of Wilderness School. Jodie Escott Manager or Development and Community

$100,000 GIFT TO WILDERNESS SCHOOL The Wilderness School Foundation Building Fund is the key source of capital for major redevelopment and construction. As a community school we do not receive support from religious groups nor government funding for capital works. The wonderful facilities we have been able to offer to our girls over recent years have only been possible through the generous support of many families and old scholars. I am thrilled to announce that Michael and Rebecca Petrucco have continued their philanthropic leadership within our school and pledged $100,000 towards the Flexible Learning Space Classrooms. Their vision and dedication towards leaving a legacy for our girls now and into the future is significant and sincerely appreciated. Michael shared with us that, “To watch these buildings come to life and the

incredible benefits for my daughters while they are at Wilderness makes it all worthwhile.” The Petrucco family name will be located on one of the new 100sqm FLS classrooms. Opportunities exist to donate to any of our recently completed buildings. All donations are tax deductible and every dollar goes directly into the buildings. If you would like further information, please contact Jodie Escott, Manager of Development and Community (08) 8343 1088 or jescott@wilderness. Please join me in thanking the Petrucco family for their ongoing and incredibly generous support for Wilderness School. Jane Danvers Principal



As part of our Strategic Priority to build on our legacy of academic success to establish Wilderness School as a worldclass centre of educational excellence and innovation, we aim to share our educational approaches and programs with a national and international audience. To this end, I attended the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement in Glasgow, United Kingdom, from 6 January to 9 January, 2016 (http://www.icsei. net/2016/index.php?id=1751). The conference was attended by around 650 delegates, representing over 60 nationalities. It included the most influential figures in the field of educational research and practice over the last twenty years, such as Andy Hargreaves (University of Boston), Alma Harris (University of Malaysia), Pasi Sahlberg (Harvard University), Louise Stoll and Karen Seashore, as well as innovative practitioners and doctoral candidates from across the globe. I was honoured to be selected to present a workshop at this conference, from what was reportedly an outstanding list of submissions. My presentation detailed the approach to learning that we have been developing at Wilderness as part of our whole School professional learning. This approach centres on the research led by Professor Patrick Griffin at the Assessment Research Centre (ARC) at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Melbourne. The School of Education is internationally recognised as one of the best providers of education and training in the world, being ranked the 5th best in the

QS World University Rankings in 2015/2016 ( university-melbourne#wur).

to reach just beyond their current state (Vygotsky, 1978). They are, therefore, more willing to take the next step in their learning.

My presentation was entitled, ‘Learning without limits: how a narrative of growth is driving professional learning that makes a difference to the quality of teacher practice’. It explored Griffin’s developmental approach to learning which aims to enable all students to flourish. High expectations for all students involves the expectation that all students will develop by the maximum of which they are capable within a particular time. The model recognises that not all students will grow and progress at the same rate. The size of the leap is not important (Griffin, 2014), so long as a student is growing. It recognises the developmental level at which students are actually operating, in other words, their strengths, and targets, instruction to focus on the skills the student needs to develop in order to move to the next level. It is not just about helping those students who are struggling, but all students.

Teachers at Wilderness have been developing their knowledge and understanding of this approach. Through a close working relationship with Michael Francis from the Assessment Research Centre our teachers have been supported and encouraged to collaborate with their peers to develop progressions and rubrics which explicitly articulate what it is that students typically do, say, make and write as they develop their skills and capacities and progress in respective subject or learning areas. During 2016 teachers from ELC to Year 12 will begin to implement this approach. We are, moreover, the first school in Australia to have embarked on such an ambitious schoolwide program, despite the existing research attesting to the positive impact of the model.

A developmental approach to learning also embraces challenges and mistakes. They are seen as ‘learning opportunities’, as there is a shared belief that one gets smarter through one’s efforts (Ritchhart, 2015; Dweck, 2006). Sheer effort is not enough, however. Effort needs to be focussed on the areas identified in a student’s zone of proximal development (ZPD) (Vygotsky, 1978), that is, what a student is ready to learn. The ZPD represents a challenge that is within the student’s reach, but not so far away as to be daunting and motivation sapping. Students experience ‘optimal motivation’ when asked

I am particularly grateful to the support from the Catherine Ye Teacher Fellowship for the opportunity to participate in this amazing gathering of educators. Heather De Blasio Director of Learning and Teaching Excellence BA (Hons), M Ed (Management), current doctoral candidate Reference List: Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset. The new psychology of success. New York, NY: Random House Publishing Group. Griffin, P. (ed). (2014). Assessment For Teaching. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Ritchhart, R. (2015). Creating Cultures of Thinking. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Vygotsky, L. S. (1978). Mind in Society: The development of higher psychological processes, eds M Cole, V Steiner, S Scribner, & E Souberman Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


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‘There were many events Wilderness girls had the opportunity to participate in during the week, enriching our understanding of the International Women’s Day and the need for the Pledge for Parity.’ International Women’s Day (IWD) 2016 is an important and valued event on the School calendar as it strengthens our core values and mission to enable each girl to be the best she can be. The theme for 2016 Pledge for Parity was explored as we were, and continue to be encouraged to not only celebrate the diverse accomplishments achieved by women but to also keep in mind that “progress has slowed in many places across the world, so urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity”. There were many events Wilderness girls had the opportunity to participate in during the week, enriching our understanding of the International Women’s Day and the need for the Pledge for Parity. Events hosted provided the opportunity to actively contribute and provide assistance to women in Third World countries. The members of the SRC attended the UN Women IWD Breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Hosted by Senator the Hon Penny Wong, this proved to be the largest breakfast for IWD held in Adelaide to date and was a wonderful and enlightening experience for those of us who were fortunate enough to attend.

Respected SA journalist and political correspondent, Fran Kelly invoked a powerful response with her speech which provided alarming and concerning statistics on domestic violence against women globally and within Australia. She also highlighted the problems associated within the workplace, such as the gender pay gap. Other events during the week of IWD included the Year 11 girls attending a screening of ‘Suffragette’, Year 9 girls working with old scholars to prepare birthing kits for the Birthing Kit Foundation, the Old Scholars’ Association hosted afternoon tea for the Year 12 girls who were addressed by award winning documentary film maker Shalom Almond, and a whole of school assembly was held with IWD the theme. I am confident all the girls would have found valuable insights from the many activities undertaken during the week. Hannah Kerr President (SRC)



Since 2008, Wilderness School and the Old Scholars’ Association have worked together to strengthen the important message and celebration of International Women’s Day. This year the Year 9 girls assembled 400 birthing kits with the Old Scholars’ Committee. These are distributed to developing countries such as Afghanistan and Ethiopia with the aim of significantly improving the mortality rate during pregnancy and childbirth. The girls were grateful to be joined by the Chair of the Birthing Kit Foundation, Lena Grant who shared stories about the incredible impact these kits are having in developing countries and the importance of cleanliness and hygiene while preparing the kits. Lena also explained that many of the kits are being utilised by girls that are just 14 or 15 years of age.

Above L-R Shalom Almond presenting to the Year 12 girls in the Newman Theatre; WOSA President Pooja Newman with Shalom Almond

In addition to producing the kits, the girls organised a fundraiser to contribute towards the purchase of the items that form each kit. This year, they held a Krispy Kreme donut stall; the first run of 300 donuts sold out in five minutes! So successful were the donuts across the entire School that additional donuts were provided to sell later in the day.

On Wednesday 9 March, the Year 12 girls enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea in Newman Theatre followed by an enthralling and entertaining presentation and film by award winning documentary film maker Shalom Almond. Shalom shared how she found her career choice, providing the girls with insights into the resilience and patience required to become a success and importantly, how she continues to learn every day. ‘Love-Heart Baby’ is a film written and produced by Shalom exploring Shalom’s endeavour to have a family with her husband Osker using Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis. It was confronting, controversial and emotional. We thank Shalom for sharing a very personal experience with the girls. The Wilderness Old Scholars’ Association have a significant involvement in Wilderness School and are proud to bring these events to these girls annually. Jodie Escott Manager of Development and Community


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We are delighted to introduce to Wilderness School, Liz Meaker, who commenced as Head of Junior School this year. It is always lovely to meet new members of our staff, and learn what inspired them to become teachers. Liz is a dedicated and experienced educator who is a wonderful role-model for our staff and students. Always warm and approachable, Liz recently participated in a Q&A session so we, the School community, can become better acquainted with what is important to her and what Liz envisions for the Wilderness Junior School.

What led or inspired you to a leadership role in education?

What is your vision for the Wilderness Junior School?

I have always wanted to be a teacher, since having some truly inspirational teachers in my own primary schooling years. As my early teaching career developed, I developed specific passions, namely in the areas of Special Education and Curriculum Leadership. My enthusiasm and passion led me to actively take on leadership roles within these areas which strengthened my interest in, and determination to change outcomes for children through the work I was undertaking.

The values of our School community truly speak to the heart of who I am as an educator, and in a sense, despite my short time at Wilderness School, I already feel deeply connected and at home with the community. Wilderness has a long tradition of providing outstanding educational opportunities for girls.

There seemed to be a natural progression from these roles to more significant leadership opportunities and I spent 18 months as Acting Head of Middle School before winning the role of Head of Primary in my previous school. I thoroughly enjoyed my work in this role, particularly valuing the wonderful relationships I was able to build with families within the school community.

My vision is to continue the outstanding work that is already underway in the Junior School; working with staff to ensure our girls receive learning experiences that are individualised, rigorous and that inspire and challenge them to engage in thinking deeply. A key focus is the building of an invitational learning community where there is a genuine family focus, where parents and teachers have real opportunities to come together in

partnership for our girls, celebrating success and supporting areas for growth. I am focussed on ensuring that all teaching and learning undertaken in the Junior School is based in evidential, contemporary educational theory and that there is clear and cohesive transition for our girls between the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. Importantly, my sincere wish is that our Junior School is a place of joy.


‘Without doubt, the privilege of working for our girls. It is both rewarding and an enormous responsibility but one that makes my job extremely worthwhile.’

What is most rewarding about your job and what makes it worthwhile?

Tell us something about yourself that people might not readily know.

Without doubt, the privilege of working for our girls. It is both rewarding and an enormous responsibility but one that makes my job extremely worthwhile.

I celebrate my 20th year of teaching this month!

The people I have around me are also an extremely rewarding aspect to my role as Head of Junior School. To have the opportunity to work with, and lead such a professional, dedicated and compassionate staff group who truly hold each girl at the centre of all they do is very important. In my role, I have the wonderful opportunity to join and work with our Leadership Team, whose expertise is vast and from whom I will continue to learn from and with.

On a personal note, I have been married to Dennis for nearly 20 years and am the mother to two gorgeous children, Jack, 16 and Hallie, 14 and our family have two dogs, a cat and two horses. I also play the piano and violin.


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The Wilderness Rowing Club hosted the last of this season’s School Super Series Regatta at West Lakes on a beautiful summer’s day on Saturday 27 February 2016. The Wilderness marquee was a sea of blue and white on the lawn area in front of the Rowing SA boat shed with a large contingent of family and friends cheering on our crews. Wilderness was represented by: the First VIII; Second VIII; Year 9/10 A quad scull; School Girls’ Year 8/9 A, B, C, D and E quad sculls; and a new initiative of rowing that has been well supported is the introduction of a Year 7/8 category in which Wilderness fielded five very enthusiastic crews in the A, B, C, D and E categories.

All guests and families enjoyed the day and the committee was particularly pleased to welcome Mrs Danvers to lead in the christening of the latest addition to the School’s fleet; a brand new Sykes single scull the Tremaine-White christened by Penny White and her daughters Emily and Olivia Tremaine. The Tremaine-White is the first boat to recognise a family of multi-generational rowers at Wilderness, with Penny Tremaine (nee White) rowing at Wilderness in 1987 and her daughters Emily Tremaine, and Olivia Tremaine both rowing with distinction at Wilderness in recent years. The regatta also served as the Rowing Club’s major fundraiser and the committee is very grateful to the many Wilderness families and friends who supported the event through sponsorship and donations. In particular we would like to thank and recognise: • Truck Dealers Australia (Rob and Renae Hayward). • Direct Home Timber and Hardware (Mark and Jenny Pickard). • C&S DeVito Vineyards (Chris and Shane DeVito). • E.S.Wigg & Son (Tom and Noodles Davidson). • Ben and Jo Wilson. • Vicki and Stefan Mavrakis. Special thanks to David and Melissa Walsh for sponsoring all of the medals for the regatta. The Wilderness Rowing Club is already a strong community and the regatta day took this to another level. Families and friends all assisted to make the regatta a huge success. It was great to see so many Boarding House families travel from all over the state for the regatta.

To ensure the regatta’s success, our volunteers drove the official’s boats, judged, recorded and commentated. The parents not only volunteered their time to support their daughters, they also experienced what it takes to run the rowing regatta! While the regatta was a team effort, I would especially like to thank: • Past rowing parents, Ian McBryde and Wayne Chadwick for the entertaining commentary of the races. • David Nery, Stefan Mavrakis, Rob Hayward for a fantastic job of managing the car park, putting up tents and running boat holders up and down the lake. • Sam Hodge who photographed all the winners and the boat christening. • Alison Caddey (returned committee member). • All families for bringing along plates of food for the guests. (Special thanks to Steph and Brett Heaven - The Caterers) • Pimms donated by the Mavrakis and Nery families. • Families who donated raffle/silent auction prizes. Families – Baggio, Cobby, Craig, George, Gouskos, Krix, Matthews, Roberts, Roos, Ross, Shearer. • The Student Foundation who volunteered for the day All of this would not be possible without the extremely hard-working committee led by Cathy Ross managing the event, and Vicki Nery organising all the volunteers for the day. The fantastic food and refreshments were well organised by Meredith Thomas and assisted by Sharon Bain (past committee member). Sam Elfenbein managed an amazing raffle and silent auction and Noodles Davidson excelled as the Sponsorship Manager.

Melissa Walsh, Adrienne Hender and Vicki Mavrakis completed a very hard working team. It was a great day and we are pleased that we raised an amazing $9000 from the regatta that will be provided to the School to purchase new boats and equipment for the girls. Justin Ross Chair, WRC Committee

Above L-R Jane Danvers, Penny Tremaine (nee White), Emily Tremaine and Olivia Tremaine; The Wilderness School hosted Regatta


HEAD OF THE RIVER NATIONALS A small group of six Wilderness School Rowing students Seniors Sophia Nery and Danae Mavrakis and Juniors Melana Mavrakis, Myah George, Neve Payze and Victoria Moularadellis - raced 14-20 March on the Sydney International Rowing Course, rowing venue for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, in the Australian Open and Schools’ Open Rowing championships. A sensational day for Wilderness School Rowing! Out of eight crews, and twelve races entered, Wilderness School came in the top three for all events other than two and these were races with only a few seconds between first and second place. We also had a win from our Year 7/8 C Crew consisting of Tahlia Holzer, Mackenzie Cobby, Bridget Hood, Emma Colovic and Sophie Kent. The Second VIII took 25 seconds off their personal best time and rowed with determination and resilience. The VIII rowed their best race of the season with only 9 seconds between first and seventh place for the duration of the race. They also rowed a 1.47 split over a 2km race which has never been done before. It was a fantastic effort from all of the girls and the coaching staff. Cheryl Dalton Head of Rowing

The quad consisting of Danae Mavrakis, Myah George, Victoria Moularadellis, Neve Payze, and Malena Mavrakis, rowed gallantly in the Under 17 Quad division with them finishing third in the D final of the School Girls’ Quad. With twenty-six clubs, schools and SIS/SAS crews competing in the Under 17 Quad and twenty-eight schools, mostly from the elite private schools of the eastern states, competition was like no other and the girls rowed with determination to race against their own measures beating their personal best times on more than one occasion. Our Wilderness Senior Sophia Nery also took on a big challenge, racing in Under 21 Women’s Lightweight Sculls, Under 19 Double Sculls, with Torrens Rowing Club school girl Gemma Vink, and School Girls’ Single Scull. With twentysix entries in the Lightweight Single and Double Scull (the lightweight single race included people a number of years older than her) and then thirty in the School Girls’ Single, it was going to be a tough run for Sophia. Sculling was also going to take its toll as the racing progressed during the week, with her forearms starting to cramp and eventually strains becoming more debilitating as racing progressed. However, Sophia, to her credit, finished off all her racing for the week.


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Best Backstroker

Year 8 50m Backstroke

Crompton Cup:

Alexandra Williams Cup:

Emilie Muir (34.98)

Imogen Kroker (Amaryllis)

Rianne Barlow (Antholiza)

Year 8 Freestyle Relay

Runner Up: Bronte Sleath (Cedar)

Antholiza (2:18.61) Best Breaststroker - Eileen Hardy Cup:

Year 8 Championship Winner

Sarah Bradbrook (Antholiza)

McFarlane Cup:

House Swimming Shield Caulfield Shield

Emilie Muir (Cedar)

Open 100m Freestlye - Kathy Gill Trophy:

Carob 4144

Runner Up: Emma Sleath (Cedar)

Emilie Muir (Cedar)

Cedar 4020 Amaryllis 3866

Year 9 Championship Winner

Medley Relay

Sparaxis 3824

Anderson Cup:

Amanda & Leonie Packer Trophy:

Antholiza 3720

Sarah Zappia (Cedar)


Runner Up: Neve Payze (Antholiza)

Bronte Sleath Emma Sleath

Year 10 Championship Winner

Emilie Muir

O-Donnell Cup:

Isabella Baggio

Kate Wheeler (Carob) Runner Up: Margo Muir (Cedar)

Year 12 Freestyle Relay Debbie Clarke Trophy:

Year 11 Championship Winner


Brian Magarey Cup:

Hannah Lehmann

Sarah Bradbrook (Antholiza)

Bronwyn Meredith

Runner Up: Rianne Barlow (Antholiza)

Olivia Duncan Jordan Steyn-Hallam

Year 12 Championship Winner Margaret Doman Cup:

Year 11 50m Breaststroke

Ruby Brus (Amaryllis)

Sarah Bradbrook (35.24)

Runner Up - Adams Cup:

Year 8 50m Freestyle

Katherine Landers (Sparaxis)

Emilie Muir (30.15)


JUNIOR SWIMMING CARNIVAL There are many opportunities in school sport for Wilderness girls to test themselves, have fun while contributing towards the team spirit of their House, try something new, develop confidence and resilience, and for some, to step out of their comfort zone with the support of their friends and family cheering them on from the sidelines. One such opportunity for the girls of the Junior School is the Swimming Carnival. On Wednesday 2 March, the Adelaide Aquatic Centre was filled with colour as the Junior School Years 3 to 6 Swimming Carnival took place. With girls swimming in their House caps giving others in their House the opportunity to cheer them on, the atmosphere was filled with excitement. Congratulations to all girls, in particular the Year 3s who attended for the first time and channelled their nervous energy into some great performances.

The Junior Swimming Champion, with a perfect score of all first places was Sarah Muir (Cedar) and coming a close second was Georgia Muir (Cedar). The Bowen Shield for Team Games was won by Antholiza; Annabel Manifold and Jenny Tran Nguyen proudly accepted the GA Black Shield as overall winners of the House competition on behalf of Sparaxis. Cedar won the House Spirit Cup with their enthusiasm and team cheering. Thank you to the parents and friends who attended the day and the House captains who organised their teams so well. Michele Ostermann Junior School Sport Coordinator Jasmine Birt Active for Life Representative


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Wilderness School is committed to ‘Raising Amazing Girls’. An essential element to this commitment is to ensure our girls have the opportunity to hear from world-renowned authorities on wellbeing matters. One such expert is highly-respected Paul Dillon, who has been working in the area of drug education for over 25 years. He ensures they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education. Paul recently spoke to our Years 10 to 12 girls – below are some of the thoughts of the girls who attended:

On Friday 11 March, the Year 11s were visited by the influential Paul Dillon. We began with a brief catch-up to check our recollection of his visit from last year. By reiterating the famous ‘Fist full of food’ talk, Mr Dillon explained the idea that eating a fist full of food before drinking slows the effects of alcohol. After this, Mr Dillon began one of his epic talks, where he discussed using the illegal drug, cannabis. Not only did Mr Dillon encourage us not to use this drug in his usual engaging and humorous way, but he also showed us what to do if we were ever put in a situation involving it. This talk was very beneficial for all of us as it provided us with an opportunity to pose questions and to be exposed to possible future occurrences and with ways to deal with them. Emily Yull (Year 11)

On Friday 11 March the Years 10s listened to a talk presented by Paul Dillon. Paul Dillon travels to schools all around Australia to talk to young students about teenage use of drugs and alcohol in Australia. His presentation was titled ‘Young people, alcohol and risk taking: Looking after your mates’. Paul spoke to us about the consequences that may happen when using drugs or alcohol at our age. His main focus was not to tell us not to do it, but to show strategies that we can use to help save our friends when serious situations occur. He also visually put girls off the idea of using drugs and alcohol by showing us images about what has happened to people in the past. Paul Dillon’s talk was highly engaging and taught all of us an important lesson through images and statistics. Ella Britten-Jones and Sarah Hampshire (Year 10)


SIDE BY SIDE For 132 years, Wilderness School has been a community bound together by family, friendship and hope for our girls. We have worked together, side by side, to develop in our young women the self-confidence, determination, desire and resilience to pursue all the personal and professional opportunities the world has to offer.

Side by Side is a Wilderness initiative in which some of our parents share with you their hopes and dreams for their daughters in a series of interviews. Each of these insightful, poignant and honest interviews capture, with eloquence, the shared visions we have for each and every Wilderness girl. The interviews can be viewed at Follow Wilderness on Facebook to view each of these heartfelt interviews by parents released each month.

Side by Side #1 The first in this remarkable series of interviews. Amanda’s dream for her daughter to be a confident and adventurous learner is one that all of our parents will respond to. Amanda talks about her wish to give her daughter the freedom to make choices, and her desire to see genuine and meaningful equality in the workplace.

Side by Side #2 Nick’s love for his family and the land is palpable as he lets us glimpse into his life as a father and farmer. Speaking with tenderness about the importance of strong family bonds and resilience as a key to meeting life’s challenges, we can empathise with Nick as he recounts sending his daughter to her first day as a boarder. The excitement of watching girls grow in the face of new challenges softens any sadness felt as they leave the family home to be embraced by their Wilderness home.

Side by Side #3 Shanti’s call to “lean in at just the right angle” is enlightening. It is to encourage girls to live a true and courageous life - to ensure they understand the need to consider diverse points of view and complexities in life but to also ensure they conduct themselves with confidence, dignity and pride.


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OPENING THE WILDERNESS ARCHIVES The Wilderness Memorial Hall was opened in 1952 as a memorial to Old Scholars who had served Australia in WWI and WWII. Brass plaques commemorating their service are still displayed in the north-eastern entrance. The names listed on the WWI plaque are mostly, but not entirely, those of men. In those days Wilderness had little boys in the Junior Primary School up until Year 3, so it’s mostly to them that this building is a memorial. For 64 years the dear old Hall has supported a huge range of educational activities, most of which it was never exactly intended for. In order to appreciate what the conversion of the building into the Newman Theatre has actually meant, it is worthwhile to briefly describe a few examples of where we have come from, particularly from a Drama point of view.

When I arrived at Wilderness in 1990, Drama was housed in the small wooden portable next to the front office. This had originally been a boarders’ bedroom. It held a few costumes, a teacher’s desk and a small floor space to conduct classes. In the early days, the Years 10 to12 production rehearsed in the Hall but only after school hours. After every rehearsal, any scenery had to be carried outside and stored on the front terrace until the next rehearsal when it would be carried in and set up. Countless hours were spent doing this over many years. I had to cover it with sheets of black plastic to keep the rain off. In 1992 we moved our performances to the Odeon Theatre at Norwood and for the next 25 years performed there usually twice a year. This process meant rehearsing the play and building the set here in the Hall. Five days before opening night we would pull the set apart, transport it on the back of the School’s ute to the Odeon, reassemble it, paint the

stage, then rig the lights, sound and all things technical over one very long weekend with 14-hour days. The gym was opened in 2004 and Drama was allowed to use the Hall as a permanent teaching and rehearsal space. Junior and Middle School Drama Nights became much grander as the numbers doing Drama rapidly increased. These nights were performed on the original old raised wooden stage at the northern end of the hall which was approximately 10-metres wide by 3-metres deep. As the classes got bigger we had to keep adding portable stages to accommodate the 30 or so actors who now needed to fit on the stage. There was one lighting bar at the back of the Hall, packed with as many lights as we could fit on. The old wooden portable class served as the dressing room and the audience sat on a fine collection of stackable orange plastic chairs. Generations of parents looked forward to Drama Nights. In winter, the heating was provided by seven single-bar radiators,


four on the back wall and three attached to the ceiling, all pointing down on top of the audience’s head. Your head cooked and your feet froze. In summer, in December after a 35˚c day, it would of course be a 34˚c evening and 250 people would sit in the Hall to dutifully watch their daughter perform with no cooling. As the years rolled by, we began to use the Hall for one major production a year. This presented many challenges not least of which was quick costume changes. We didn’t have time to run over to the wooden portable so the kitchen, the porch entrance areas and the teachers’ office all became dressing rooms. There was no room for modesty. There was no sound and lighting control platform inside the Hall so we built one outside on the verandah and covered it with a tent to keep the rain out of the electrics. Another technical feature of the stage was the transition corridor which ran across the back wall outside from one side of the stage to the other. The original Hall was never really built for plays, so early on in its history as a performance space, it was realised that you couldn’t change sides while the curtain was open as there was no backstage crossover. Two doorways were cut in the back wall and a 1-metre wide wooden corridor was hung onto the outside of the back wall. It was just wide enough for one person at a time to walk through. It was a real challenge when the whole chorus had to change sides. An alternative sometimes used, was to go outside on one side run across the back

of the hall and come in on the other side. Rain was a challenge for this method, so stage crew armed with golf umbrellas were stationed in the porticos to shield the actors and to protect the precious costumes as they dashed from one side to the other. Many magnificent productions were presented in the old Hall and thousands of rehearsals have been conducted in its friendly embrace. However, it was certainly time to move on as we had stretched its resources to the absolute limit. Along came the Newman Theatre; the second version of the historic Memorial Hall. The theatre has a 10-metre by 10-metre stage area, fully retractable motor-driven raked, padded seating for 136 audience members, underground dressing rooms for 40 actors in the same building, an all LED lighting system with each light having 250 possible colours on five lighting bars, two follow spots, a computer driven lighting desk which can store 70 cues, a fully programmable 60 channel sound desk connected to a seven speaker individually powered sound system with 16 radio mics all operated from a large technical area behind the audience actually in the building. The icing on the cake must be the reverse cycle ducted air conditioning system; the envy of the School. At the end of 2015 the first production ‘The Mysteries’ was performed in the Newman Theatre. The set was built on the stage and there it stayed. We programmed lights and sound over several days (none of them 14 hours), the cast dressed and made-up only a few steps beneath the very stage they were performing on. We welcomed the audience into the new climate controlled auditorium

with excellent sight lines and acoustics. So times have changed. The new facilities will allow us to continue to present a Drama program of the highest standard. Wilderness already have a national reputation for presenting highly creative, brilliantly designed, meticulously rehearsed and disciplined performances with technical production at a very high level. In the Newman Theatre, future Drama students and teachers will have the very best surroundings and equipment to continue to produce Drama at the very highest standard. They will never have the same challenges of the old Memorial Hall and for this, the Drama departments of the future will, I’m sure, be very grateful. To the Newman family, thank you sincerely for making it possible for the Performing Arts to have this state of the art facility to work in, well into the foreseeable future. Roger Masters Head of Drama


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MULTI MEDIA FILM NIGHT Our students are members of the digital generation, living in an interactive visual world. At Wilderness we encourage our students to effectively create and publish original digital products and to communicate effectively using visual media.

Through the Multi Media course, the girls develop film production skills, with an understanding of cinematography, screenwriting, storyboarding, shooting and editing. They create their own short films that communicate, inspire and entertain.

Multi Media is a new subject at Wilderness and is part of the STEM course. In our first year we made over 30 films, won the Adelaide Kids Film Festival Best Senior Documentary category with ‘Alright on the Night’ and two films ‘Look up’ and ‘Cliffhanger’ were selected for Little Big Shots which is an International Film Festival.

The Multi Media course at Wilderness has been successful and so much fun. It contributes towards providing a rich and challenging learning environment that fulfils our school mission: to enable each girl to be the best she can be throughout her life. Jayne Kelly Multi Media Teacher

Above L-R Year 9 students; Jayne Kelly (centre) with her family Left L-R David O’Loughlin and Jane Danvers with Multi Media students

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Victoria Moularadellis and Ashleigh De Silva are two of three successful South Australian student applicants to attend the annual Giffoni International Film Festival in southern Italy from 15-24 July. The Giffoni International Film Festival is the largest children’s film festival in the world. Over 2000 children attend the festival from 39 countries around the world and it attracts hundreds of filmmakers, directors, producers and actors. This 44-year-old festival has had a great impact in the history of entertainment and culture. The students watch all the competitive films and participate in planned activities including meetings with directors and film celebrities. They will be a part of an International Jury, composed of teenagers from all over the world who will award the best feature film. Jayne Kelly is chaperoning the students and the girls will be immersed in the Italian culture as they are hosted with local families whose children are also attending the festival.


PARENTS & FRIENDS The start of the new year at school always heralds changes – with new families joining our community and girls taking on new challenges as they move up through the School. This year is particularly special with the opening of wonderful new buildings the whole Wilderness community can enjoy. One of the roles of the P&F is to support the School’s Strategic Priority # 3: A Thriving and Connected Community. The Buddy Program, Year Level Social Coordinators and online Parent Directory are three initiatives the P&F support to ensure new families feel welcomed into our community from the start, as well as assisting the continuity of fellowship between families throughout each family’s journey at Wilderness. On Friday 19 February the P&F were again delighted to host the Welcome Drinks on the new lawn in front of the Newman Theatre. Approximately 220 people attended and were entertained by Old Scholar Ellen Walsh and Shannon Graham. The café provided a fantastic selection of hot and cold food and drinks provided by the P&F. The event was supported by the Wilderness Foundation girls who were handing out food and conducting guided tours of the new buildings. On Wednesday 24 February, the P&F continued its support of the Raising Amazing Girls program during which the Wilderness community was able to hear Lee Wantanabe-Crockett give a presentation on Living on Future Edge. This event was followed by the P&F AGM. We were delighted to have Liz Meaker, new Head of Junior School as our guest

speaker. Liz shared her past journey through the education system and her positive first impressions of Wilderness School. During the meeting Ian Denbigh retired as President, being re-elected as a committee member whilst retaining the role of Friends of Music representative. We sincerely thank Ian for his outstanding contribution as President. We farewelled Mark Osborne (Treasurer), Sorna Nachiappan, Helen Gilbert and Alison Greenslade; we extend our gratitude to them for their dedicated service. Other committee changes included Karen Gough elected President, John Montague Treasurer, and Meg Ryan re-elected as Secretary. Five existing members were re-elected and two new members – Jane Landers and Sally Hood welcomed. At a subsequent committee meeting, Gary Holzer was elected as VicePresident.

PARENTS & FRIENDS COMMITTEE 2016 President Karen Gough Vice President Gary Holzer Secretary Meg Ryan Treasurer John Montague Committee Members Darren Armitage Ana Beveridge

A new event to the P&F calendar was the Multi Media Film Night held in the Newman Theatre on Monday 7 March. The P&F had previously donated funds towards the purchase of media equipment and were pleased to be able to support this inaugural event providing drinks and nibbles at interval. The P&F will be involved in many more events during the year and look forward to you coming along and sharing these with us. Karen Gough President 2016

Ian Denbigh Renee Fenton Jennifer Guest Leane Haller Paul Hicks Craig Honan Sally Wood


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REUNIONS WELCOME TO NEW OLD SCHOLARS The Wilderness Café Plaza proved to be a fabulous venue for the Welcome to New Old Scholars as the Old Scholars’ Committee provided wonderful wine, soft drink, juices and delicious canapés prepared by Olivia Stoeckel, for all to share from the Café. While there were many of the 2015 cohort unable to attend due to interstate study or on a GAP year, those that were there enjoyed picture-perfect weather as they were joined by Principal Jane Danvers and staff as they met up with friends they had not seen since last year. It was an opportunity to catch up on new careers and studies. The new Old Scholars who attended were presented with their Life Member certificates as we look forward to seeing them at many events in the future.

Jodie Escott Manager of Development and Community



We are fortunate that with the impeccable organisation of Old Scholar Chris Collette, Western Australia hold two reunion events each year.

With 18 Old Scholars from pre’48 visiting the School for Morning Tea, you know it is going to be an amazing trip down memory lane. One Old Scholar made the trip all the way from Albury, Victoria to join us for the event.

On Saturday 12 March, the Old Scholar girls based in WA had a brilliant afternoon with a High Tea at the University of WA Club. It was lovely to welcome some new Old Scholars who have recently moved to WA. Divine food and bubbles were served across the afternoon. The next event will be held in September.

The women had some wonderful stories to share about their Wilderness days over cups of coffee and tea and delicious cake from the Wilderness Café. As the generations continue, some of these women now have granddaughters at Wilderness School. School Principal Jane Danvers, joined our guests to discuss the last 12 months and the incredible positive impact that the redevelopment has already had this Term. The Old Scholars also had the opportunity to participate in a tour of our new Archive Room in Browns’ House leaving everyone to feel blessed and proud to be a Wilderness girl. The morning was filled with sentiment and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone there.

















Picture perfect, sunny weather greeted 18 Old Scholars for the Queensland Reunion. Held at the Chelsea Bistro in Brisbane with the assistance of Old Scholar Lucy Fogerty, everyone in attendance had a brilliant afternoon. It was wonderful to enjoy the company of a diverse and successful group of women.

Each year the Wilderness Old Scholars’ Association hold two Coffee Mornings for Old Scholar parents who have daughters at Wilderness. The first was held on a sunny Wednesday morning in Term 1 on the Wilderness Café Plaza. It is a fabulous way to start the day. The next morning will be held on Friday 18 November. If you are an Old Scholar parent, please put it in your diary.

Thank you to everyone who came along and looking forward to another great event next year!


The Wilderness Old Scholars’ Association (WOSA) AGM, held Tuesday 15 March at 7.00pm, was attended by more than 24 Old Scholars who were able to share in the informative evening as they shared the wonderful success story of the Wilderness Old Scholars’ Association (WOSA) through the many events and donations that have taken place. The attendees were fortunate enough to listen to newly appointed Head of Junior School, Liz Meaker as she described her vision for the Junior School. Liz’s true passion for teaching and learning was obvious to all as she held the undivided attention of all in attendance. WOSA President, Pooja Newman acknowledged the following new members to the Executive team: - Georgie Taarnby (Class of ‘85) Vice President - Anna Colley (Class of ‘78) Treasurer - Lily Schuller (Class of ‘12) Secretary

Above L-R Anna Colley, Lily Schuller, Pooja Newman and Georgie Taarnby

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We are delighted to announce that Molly Goodman has been selected in the 2016 Australian Olympic Rowing Squad that will compete at the 2016 World Rowing Cups 2 and 3 in Lucerne, Switzerland on 22-24 May. Once the boat qualifies, Molly will row for her country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. We wish Molly and her crew the best of luck.




Judith Deland recently won her section of the ANZANG photographic competition au. She was one of only two female photographers to be awarded a prize out of 22 prize winners. Judith will continue to shoot for the environment and causes dear to her heart and advises any young woman with an interest in the area of photography not to be shy of following it as a positive life choice.

Old Scholar and best-selling fiction author Fiona McCallum has just released her eighth novel. Standing Strong is a sequel to Wattle Creek and is about community spirit and a small town coming together to fight a David and Goliath battle. The book is available in print, eBook (Aust/NZ) and audio (worldwide).

Emily Denbigh is one of a select group of Australian university students chosen to participate in the Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Program held from January to March. While working in Washington DC, Emily had the opportunity to develop her knowledge of American politics while gaining valuable work experience that will no doubt enrich her Bachelor’s degree in Law and Arts, with a major in Development Studies and a minor in French. It is always pleasing to see Wilderness graduates working as active global citizens and chasing their dreams.


After studying Fashion Design at TAFE, Jo McGovern launched her own fashion line ‘O, Speak’ with a fellow student she met while studying. The first collection has proved to be quite successful resulting in their Autumn/Winter line being released in May.




Martine van Boeijin has recently opened the first cat only hospital in Perth.









WEDDINGS ANNOUNCEMENTS ENGAGEMENTS Lara Banks (2004) to Aaron Sluczanowski Ali Davidson (2004) to Daniel Mulvihill Victoria Linke (2004) to Nathan Muscat Elizabeth Stuckey (2004) to Saxon Ellis Skye Findlay (2006) to Michael Keene MARRIAGES Claire Wright (2004) to Duncan Hains Daniela Jedrzejczak Leska (2005) to Sunny Gandhi Michelle Booyens (2011) to Patty Rogers Alannah Williams (2009) to Anthony James BIRTHS Luci Fogerty (Gun) (1995) - William Georgie Lipson (Trott) (1995) - Daniel Lucy Dolan (Ashby) (1998) - Hugo Kate Eagle (White) (1999) - Josephine Nicki Malone (1999) - Elsie Alex Smart (1999) - Coco Adelaide Kidman (Boylan) (2000) - Charles Amelia Gillen (Bartlett) (2002) - Matilda DEATHS Jean Tregenza (Walkley) (1947) Judith Sleigh (Standen) (1956) Top - Left to Right Michelle Booyens (2011) to Patty Rogers with former Wilderness classmates: Krystie Kotses, Kaitlyn James, Michelle Booyens, Katie Ogilvie, Kaila Kirby, Camilla Duncan, Elizabeth Wigg and Lina Rogers (Former Head of Cedar House) Daniela Jedrzejczak Leska (2005) to Sunny Gandhi Claire Wright (2004) to Duncan Hains with former classmate bridesmaids Bonnie Morgan, Catriona Morgan, Lara Banks, Lisa Hall and Emma Viezzi Alannah Williams (2009) to Anthony James


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

Top - Left to Right Nicki Malone (1999) - Elsie Tucker Georgie Lipson (Trott) (1995) - Daniel Lipson Alex Smart (1999) - Coco Pearson Amelia Gillen (Bartlett) (2002) - Matilda Gillen Luci Fogerty (Gun) (1995) - William Fogerty Kate Eagle (White) (1999) - Josephine Eagle Adelaide Kidman (Boylan) (2000) - Charles Kidman

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