From parents and foundations to old scholars and staff, those who support Wilderness come from many different backgrounds. What they share is a belief in Wilderness’ mission and a commitment to advancing it.
We are fortunate to have a community that shares our vision for our girls and enables us to make a difference to their learning and lives. At Wilderness, we are proud of our long-standing history as the oldest independent girls’ school in South Australia and we are grateful to have a community that supports our growth and development as a leading educator of girls.
There are many ways to demonstrate your support for Wilderness. Whether through the gift of education by establishing a scholarship or prize, the development of our facilities, or leaving a legacy through a bequest, with your help, we are able to make a difference to our girls’ learning and lives for generations to come. Every contribution counts and your gift of any size is appreciated.
The generosity of our community enables us to offer a number of scholarships each year to girls who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, a commitment to pursuing further academic success, and who embody our School Values with a particular focus on Responsible Citizenship.
The Brown Sisters’ Memorial Year 10 Entrance Scholarship
The Brown Sisters’ Memorial Entrance Scholarship provides the gift of a Wilderness education to an academically talented girl from outside of our School, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend Wilderness.
Creswell Year 10 Entrance Scholarship
Bequeathed by old scholar, Miss Joan Creswell (Class of 1947), the Creswell Year 10 Entrance Scholarship provides the gift of a Wilderness education to a girl who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend Wilderness.
Year 10 Old Scholars’ Scholarship
The Year 10 Old Scholars’ Scholarship is awarded to a current or new student entering Year 10 and provides 50% remission of tuition fees through to Year 12. Recipients are daughters or granddaughters of old scholars who are financial members of the Old Scholars’ Association.
These life changing opportunities enable us to support the learning development of a girl and extend her world and possibilities. Here, she will be able to achieve her personal best, become an independent and responsible young woman, and take her place confidently in the world beyond school.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Wilderness Scholarship Fund, you can:
Account name: Wilderness School Foundation Scholarship Fund
BSB: 015 450
Account number: 2800 91743
Reference: Please state your name e.g. 'John Citizen'
Give via the post
Alternatively, you can post a cheque made payable to ‘Wilderness School Foundation Scholarship Fund’ to 30 Hawkers Road Medindie SA 5081.
The Wilderness School Foundation Building Fund is the major source of income for significant redevelopment and capital works.
Generous contributions from our community have recently enabled the School to complete the Learning Commons – a place intended to inspire, shape and change the way in which our girls learn. Our vision is to ensure a breadth of experience for all of our girls through state-of-the-art facilities that support our enduring commitment to be a world leader in girls’ education.
To make a tax-deductible donation to the Wilderness School Foundation Building Fund, you can:
Account name: Wilderness School Foundation Building Fund:
BSB: 015 010
Account number: 1111 52701
Reference: Please state your name e.g. 'John Citizen'
Give via the post
Alternatively, you can post a cheque made payable to ‘Wilderness School Foundation Building Fund’ to 30 Hawkers Road, Medindie SA 5081.
Behind every prize is an inspirational story. What is yours?
The story behind Kathleen Hassell Memorial Prize for English.
As a school student, Miss Hassell won the Tennyson Medal for English and in 1938 joined the Wilderness staff as an English and Latin teacher. The onset of World War II saw a call go out for metal for the war effort. Despite her evident and ongoing passion for the subject, she donated her medal for salvage. Miss Hassell went on to become the Wilderness Senior Mistress and later, Headmistress of our School. The prize bearing her name was donated by an anonymous past student who knew her as the Senior Mistress.
Each year across every year level, we recognise the individual academic, sporting and community achievements of our girls with annual prizes.
Each girl who is awarded a prize receives a specially designed and engraved medallion in recognition of her achievement.
Some prizes are named and have wonderful stories behind them that connect the past with the present. Providing further inspiration for our girls to achieve and excel, they become treasured mementos in future years.
We ask you to consider adding your own unique story to a prize, or that of someone you wish to honour or remember. By establishing a named prize, it will play an important role in the history of the School and be truly cherished by our girls for generations to come.
If you would like to share a story, please contact Rebecca Foster, Head of Advancement on 8343 1088 or email.
Gifts in Wills
More than 135 years ago, the Misses Brown made a commitment to providing a quality education for girls. Through a planned gift in your will, you create a lasting legacy and ensure the endurance of that commitment.
Buildings, sport, and life-changing learning have long characterised Wilderness School. So too, has the spirit of generosity and philanthropy that has enabled the School to offer so many exceptional opportunities.
By including a gift in your will to Wilderness, you connect your own detailed story and rich experiences at Wilderness with that of future generations of girls. Perhaps you are passionate about strong educational programs, value high quality learning facilities, wish to support Science, the Arts, or Sport, or fervently believe in intergenerational equity.
A gift made through your will exemplifies your deepest beliefs and ensures a legacy that extends far into the future. Including Wilderness in your estate planning means that your values will continue to impact generations of future students.
The Green Door Society recognises old scholars, donors and friends of the School who continue the tradition of investing in Wilderness through a planned estate gift of any size. Gifts may be unrestricted or designated to support an area of your choice.
As a member, you will receive a beautiful, yet discreet, Green Door Society pin signifying membership and acknowledging your support. You will also receive invitations to special events and activities through the year.
Rebecca Foster, our Head of Advancement, is available to discuss in complete confidence your options for making a bequest. Please contact Rebecca on 8343 1088 or email. Alternatively, you can learn more about the Green Door Society here or download a Codicil.
Gifts in Memoriam
The greatest gift in life is to be remembered.’ Ken Venturi. ‘In memory of’ scholarships and prizes are dedicated in memory of a deceased loved one.
In Memoriam Scholarships and Prizes
An in memoriam scholarship fund or prize is a fitting opportunity to
honour and memorialise the life and influence of a late family member
through a gift established in their name.
To learn more, or to establish a named scholarship fund or prize in a loved one’s memory, please contact Rebecca Foster, our Head of Advancement on 8343 1088 or email. Rebecca will work closely with the family to support you in this special effort.
Tributes in lieu of flowers
Families of Wilderness old scholars who have passed away, may wish to request that funeral guests make a tribute donation in lieu of giving flowers at a funeral. Gifts in lieu of flowers are a special way for family and friends to show their respect and convey sympathy to the bereaved.
We can assist with wording for funeral notices and provision of donation forms and envelopes for your funeral guests. Tributes can be directed to a particular area of support in memory of a loved one. If you do not have a preferred area, we suggest the Wilderness School Foundation Scholarship Fund, awarded to academically talented girls from outside our School, who could otherwise not afford to attend Wilderness School.
For further information on arranging tributes in lieu of flowers, please contact Rebecca Foster, our Head of Advancement on 8343 1088 or email. Rebecca will work closely with the family to support you in this special effort.