As one of Sydney's leading day and boarding schools, Wenona has remained at the forefront of girls' education since its establishment in 1886.
The school stretches, challenges and inspires each girl to pursue her passions and learn from her failures, helping her to develop the skills she'll need to lead a life of purpose and fulfilment, and to make a positive contribution in a global world.
Solicitor Camilla Guest from Dubbo graduated from Wenona in 2007, before going on to complete a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law and a Masters in Applied Law (Family Law) at university.
She loved her time as a member of Wenona's close-knit boarding community and is grateful to have received an education that enabled her to pursue her dreams and ambitions.
"My success has come with a lot of hard work and the knowledge that Wenona gave me the courage and confidence to pursue my chosen career path," Camilla said.
Year 11 boarder, Grace Mudge, also from Dubbo, feels that the social, emotional and academic support she receives at Wenona has been instrumental in helping her to achieve her goals.
The boarding house offers friendly family-style accommodation, where girls from year 7 to 12 come together as a community.
Boarders primarily do their homework and revision in Wenona's contemporary study centre in the school library. It is supervised each afternoon by a team of academic staff and prep supervisors, who support boarders in a variety of ways, helping them to plan and organise their homework, and assisting them to structure their exam revision and assignments.
"Boarding at Wenona has not only given me the structure needed academically for my last two years at school, but it has also allowed me to create beautiful friendships with the girls," Grace said. "I feel as though the boarding girls are the sisters I never had."
Wenona's head of boarding Nonie Ayling is proud of the quality of the small interactions that happen all the time in the Wenona Boarding House, making it such a special place for the boarders and their families.
"This is a warm, caring environment, built around enriching and lasting relationships that stretch across the entire Wenona community," Mrs Ayling said.
"Our closed weekends are an important part of our boarding community, as it's a special time when we come together. Weekend activities are varied and fun for the girls, including hosting movies nights on our roof, visiting op-shops in and around the city, going rock climbing, playing bubble soccer and taking surf lessons."
Charlotte Walton from Moree is in Year 10 at Wenona.
"I love being a boarder because I get to experience new things that I wouldn't be able to back home," she said. "I also get to meet new girls that I make great connections with."
Year 12 boarder, Georgia Peart from Gulargambone, is the current boarding prefect.
"Being a boarder at Wenona is very much like having a big family, with everyone valuing the friendships with girls from all year groups," Georgia said. "It's these connections that make the experience memorable."
Mrs Ayling said the boarding house welcomed girls from regional NSW, as well as remote parts of Australia and overseas.
"Every day is a productive and happy one for our awesome boarding community, and I am very grateful to the enthusiastic boarding staff for their care, dedication and kindness to the girls," she said.
To find out more about Wenona and its scholarship options visit www.wenona.nsw.edu.au/wenona/enrolments/scholarships or contact the Wenona Enrolments Office on (02) 9409 4440.