Year 9 Wandering Spirit Program

Compulsory for all Year 9s, the St Hilda’s Wandering Spirit program for has been developed in partnership with international experts to support our students through their transition into womanhood.

A year-long program, our leaders work with the girls to give them the tools to develop healthy relationships with friends, elders, siblings and loved ones. Most importantly it gives girls the space to learn about themselves, have the confidence to love themselves, their uniqueness and their place in the world.

Rites of Passage programs have been an essential coming of age in many cultures. However in Western cultures, we have lost those rituals over time, and have huge expectations of young people to simply ‘know’ how to be an adult.

This opportunity the school is providing to our children is absolutely fantastic. Allowing them to be mindful rather than having a mind full has got to be a step forward in the approach to good mental health in this challenging world. There is a lot to be said about ‘stopping to smell the roses’.

Year 9 Parent

Wandering Spirit

Throughout the year, all Year 9 girls will spend nine days at our Yeagarup Campus in Pemberton. They will live independently in small cabins in groups, taking responsibility for their own cooking, cleaning and washing.

While building independence and resilience is a focus, the retreat also concentrates on their broader wellbeing.

The aim of the program is to give our girls the tools to make good decisions, to understand consequences, to believe in themselves, without judgement or comparison. It’s about creating a safe environment to share experiences, respect each other’s differences and be present for those around us.

Led by experts in Rites of Passage, the girls will be taken on a nine-day journey that removes them from the distraction of daily life and allows them to focus on their own personal growth and development.

Wandering Spirit Intentions

  • Develop stronger and deeper connections with peers and significant adults.
  • Increase independence.
  • Improve understanding of personal strengths, sense of self and vision of self, moving forward into adult life.
  • Deconstruct schedules and provide opportunities to enjoy technology free time.
  • Evolve tool kit to self-care, supported by their natural environment.