We start from a perspective of trust, understanding and respect to develop an environment where girls can flourish and develop their natural independence, self-reliance and self-efficacy. The emphasis is on developing the three c's; confidence, connectedness and competence.
Our philosophy at Wilderness is to make the boarding community a second family for the girls. We understand the challenges and we try to make the transition as smooth, comfortable and reassuring as possible and maintain an environment that is friendly, accepting of difference, supportive and offers many and varied opportunities. The primary concern for staff is to provide a safe and happy environment so the girls can flourish. We understand that if the girls are happy in their home environment they have the greatest chance of learning success.
We also understand that teenagers will from time to time make errors of judgement and that this is a normal part of growing up. If and when this occurs we work with the girls to ensure they learn from the experience.
Year 9 and 10 boarders can apply to participate in a boarding exchange for four weeks with girls from Woodford House in New Zealand. The exchange is reciprocal.