Old Scholars

Our old scholars are influential role models and mentors and are a cherished and integral part of the Wilderness community.

An education at Wilderness is more than simply academic learning. It brings together the School’s history, traditions and values, as well as the joy of friendship and the fond memories each girl makes.

Wilderness is our old scholars’ second home. As the Misses Brown always said to the girls leaving school, ‘If ever you wish to come to The Wilderness tomorrow or in 10 years’ time, that wish is your invitation, and you can feel sure of your welcome’.

Each Wilderness girl is grafted into the family tree upon graduation, automatically receiving membership to the Wilderness Old Scholars’ Association, a network of over 4,500 vibrant members who span the globe. Encompassing decades from 18 years of age and including several centenarians, our old scholars represent a multiplicity of experiences and backgrounds across personal and professional pursuits.

An enduring bond with the School and other past students enriches and nourishes the Wilderness spirit and we highly value the contribution our graduates bring to our community and to the generations that follow them.

Our long standing and thriving old scholar community is partly attributed to the many events and opportunities offered throughout the annual calendar. These occasions allow past students the opportunity to stay connected and continue to contribute to and enrich the life of the School.

Ways to be involved

Wilderness old scholars are a thriving, trusted group of some 4,500 women who help each other remain connected to our community throughout their life. In turn, we ensure there is always a place for each of them in the Wilderness family.

Celebrations and Events

Since the early days, our objective has always remained the same – to create a strong sense of community and an ongoing connectedness with Wilderness School.

Stay in Touch

We love to hear from our past graduates and appreciate any opportunity to stay connected.

Wilderness Merchandise

The Old Scholars’ Association offers a number of beautiful jewellery pieces as representative keepsakes of a student’s time at Wilderness.

Old Scholars’ Association

The Wilderness Old Scholars’ Association (WOSA) is led by a group of dedicated and inspirational women.

From recent School leavers to long standing members, together they bring a wealth of knowledge, experiences and relationships to the Committee. Their pride in the School and in being a ‘Wilderness Old Scholar’ is the enduring and prevailing spirit in all they do.

Promoting a lifelong alma mater relationship with Wilderness, the Committee works with the School’s Old Scholar Liaison Officer to ensure our old scholars’ network continues to thrive, is celebrated and remains connected. Together they provide a number of annual events and fundraisers that encourage past students to celebrate their shared experiences and to renew their friendships.

In addition to financially contributing to the Wilderness School Foundation, the Association provides an annual scholarship for a daughter or granddaughter of an old scholar.

2021 Association Members:

PresidentJacki Smith (1978)
Vice PresidentVacant
Jaimee Lee Charlton (2002)
Danielle White (Caruso) (1995)
Subscriptions Officer
Jane Lee (1970)
Old Scholars' Liaison Officer
Emma Bishop (Gurling) (1999) - (Honorary)

Committee Members:

Reshma Berggren (2017)
Millie Shinkfield (2018)
Holly Gardner (1986)
Rhiannon Giles (1996)
Lorraine Gormly (Irving) (1957)
Mellissa Larkin (Rainsford) (1995)
Pooja Newman (Goel) (1995)
Evie Whittaker (Kotses) (2001)

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Association is held in June each year. All members of the Association are welcome to attend.

If you would like to learn more about the Committee and opportunities to get involved, please email Emma Bishop, Old Scholars’ Liaison Officer.