...it's part of the Wildy DNA that we are taught to be strong and independent, to be interested and concerned about each other and the world. And most incredibly, this is all done by example. It surrounds us.  We don’t just raise money for educational and medical resources in Nepal, but we follow up by trekking over, offering hands on help – and not just our current students but our old scholars, parents and teachers are all committed to being involved.

Georgie Clarnette, Past President of the SRC

Wilderness School is grounded in values of a non-denominational Christian family tradition. At Wilderness we are committed to being true to the vision of the founders, the Misses Brown, and are guided by their motto 'Semper Verus', "Always True". They founded this school on their 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. These values still guide every part of Wilderness School's culture, relationships, teaching and learning programs and practices.

We are dedicated to providing a firm foundation and inspiration for a challenging, demanding and fulfilling life in which each individual can discover and develop her gifts, find inner balance, make true friends and be enabled to contribute to and act for the common good.


Welcome by Principal

The world has much to offer the young woman whose education has enabled her to develop confidence in her abilities.

Vision & Values

The following values guide every part of Wilderness School's culture...


The Wilderness School was established in 1884 by Miss Margaret Hamilton Brown. Her youngest sister, Mamie, then aged five, was considered too delicate to walk to the local State school and so it was decided that Mamie should be educated at home by Margaret, a trained teacher.

School Governance

Wilderness School, South Australia's oldest Independent Girls' School was founded by the Brown family in 1884 to provide education within a family environment.

Why a Girls School?

Girls' schools are ideally positioned to educate, inspire and nurture the girls of today, who will be the leaders of tomorrow. While in coeducational schools, girls have to compete for attention and leadership positions with boys; in single-sex schools every girl has a voice.


Wilderness School is a non‐denominational School for girls from Early Learning to Year 12 and boarding for students from Year 7 – 12. At Wilderness we strive to enable each student to be the best that she can be. To realise this mission, our staff are expected to aspire to a similar level of personal and professional excellence.

Side by Side

Side-by-Side is a Wilderness initiative in which some of our parents share with you their hopes and dreams for their daughters.

We are Wildy

Meet the girls who make Wilderness the special place it is...