Scholarships

As a small independent school managing approximately 60 – 100 scholarship applications, Queenwood has the capacity to assess each candidate individually. Applicants are invited to submit portfolios and references, and shortlisted candidates are invited to interview; their performance in the scholarship examination is considered in the context of these supporting materials. The goal is to uncover the full breadth of a student’s capabilities and their capacity to contribute dynamically to the life of the School.

Awards may include full or proportional fees remission and additional support such as mentorships, attendance at courses or workshops outside of school, working in small groups with like-minded students, specialised tuition, access to school facilities and assistance with equipment or travel.

To request an information pack, or to discuss your family’s particular circumstances further, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Mrs Kate Pollitt

Director of Admissions

KEY DATES FOR 2023 MEANS-TESTED SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS

Friday 9 September 2022: Applications open
Term 4 2022: Shortlisted candidates visit Queenwood for a tour and a trial day (provided COVID-restrictions allow)
Christmas Break 2022: Shortlisted candidates return to Queenwood for panel interviews.
Christmas 2022: Recipients notified



KEY DATES FOR 2024 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS

Friday 30 September 2022: Applications open
Friday 20 January 2023: Applications close
Saturday 11 February 2023: Music Scholarship Auditions for shortlisted candidates
Sunday 12 February 2023: Academic test
March 2023: Shortlist interviews
Easter 2023: Recipients notified
 

2024 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

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The Grace Lawrance Bursary

The Grace Lawrance Bursary will be awarded on the basis of academic potential and ability to positively contribute to the life of the school. It aims to make the outstanding academic and cocurricular offering at Queenwood available to a student of high potential who can develop into a young woman of energy, character, and purpose. The Bursary covers tuition fees at Queenwood each year.

As a Bursary is means-tested, parents of short-listed candidates will be asked to present their financial circumstances, signed by a registered chartered accountant or CPA. This information will be kept strictly confidential. Bursaries available for Year 7 2024, Year 10 & 11, 2024.

Year 7, Year 10 & Year 11 2024 (External applicants only)

  • Online application by February 2023; contact DirectorOfAdmissions@queenwood.nsw.edu if your financial circumstances are such that you are unable to pay the application fee.
  • Complete the PDF application form available here. The form requests information about your daughter including school reports and written references. The parents of shortlisted candidates are asked to supply CPA certified tax returns for three years and a statement of assets & liabilities. Applications will be reviewed on receipt.
  • Academic test on Sunday 12 February 2023 NB: Bursary candidates are not expected to achieve the highest examination rank; awards are given to candidates exhibiting intellectual potential and an ability to positively contribute to the Queenwood community.
  • Portfolio including a personal statement from the applicant and a written reference must be submitted at the registration desk on the day of the examination.
  • Shortlisted candidates may be invited to the School in Term 4 2022 to spend a day with their prospective peers and learn about the programs, activities and opportunities offered at Queenwood (provided COVID-19 restrictions allow).
 
  • The parents of shortlisted candidates will be asked to supply CPA certified tax returns for three years and a statement of assets & liabilities to the Director of Business & Finance. This information will be kept strictly confidential.
  • Shortlisted candidates and their parents will be interviewed by a senior member of staff.
  • Current students needing financial assistance can apply to the Director of Business & Finance for hardship assistance. Please note these requests are assessed by a panel.

Build-Your-Own (BYO) Scholarship

We are looking for curious, talented young women with demonstrated interests and abilities in any field to share their passion with the Queenwood community. The BYO Scholarship seeks to identify uniquely gifted and talented students who may otherwise go unrecognised. Specifically aimed at unconventional high potential students, the BYO Scholarship is for candidates with exceptional talent in a demonstrated skill. The goal is to uncover the full breadth of a student’s capabilities and capacity to contribute dynamically to the life of the School. While an academic scholarship is aimed at all round achievers, the BYO scholarship targets students who have highly developed skills in one particular academic area. Previous recipients have included writers, engineers, chess players and orators.

The award may include fees remission, proportional to the strength of the application, and additional support such as mentorships, attendance at courses or workshops outside of school, working in small groups with like-minded students, specialised tuition, access to school facilities and assistance with equipment or travel.

 

Year 7 2024, Year 10 2024 (External applicants only)
  • Online application by February 2023 including NAPLAN results and most recent Academic School Report.
  • Academic test on Sunday 12 February 2023 NB: BYO candidates are not expected to achieve the highest examination rank; awards are given to candidates exhibiting intellectual potential and an ability to dynamically contribute to the Queenwood community.
  • Portfolios are required and must be submitted at the registration desk on the day of the examination.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by panel members familiar with the candidate’s specific area of interest.
  • Successful candidates will be notified by Easter.
  • Current Queenwood students in Year 7, 2024 are eligble to apply. 

Recommended portfolio inclusions:

  • A personal statement explaining the origins and development of your area of interest.
  • 2 written references from individuals supporting you in developing your specific area of interest. Examples include: the director of a youth drama production; a journalist mentoring an aspiring writer; or a community leader able to discuss your contribution to a social justice project.
  • 2-4 annotated exemplar work samples. Examples include: a brief film of you performing; an essay you wrote in your own time; an artwork; or an invention you constructed to remedy a problem.

Academic Scholarship

An Academic Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic potential and ability to contribute to the life of the School. Candidate who perform well in the academic test are interviewed by the Principal; awards are given at her discretion.  

Year 7 2024, Year 10 & Year 11 2024 (External applicants only)

  • Online application by February 2023 including NAPLAN results and most recent Academic School Report.
  • Portfolios are optional and must be submitted at the registration desk on the day of the examination.
  • Academic test on Sunday 12 February 2023.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a senior member of staff.
  • Successful candidates will be notified by Easter.
  • Current Queenwood students in Year 7, 2024 are eligble to apply. 

The Academic Test:

The examination measures performance in relation to the examination cohort. Questions are demanding and that not all students will complete each test within the time allowed.

Students are assessed in:

  • Abstract reasoning and problem solving – this test assesses the ability to reason with and analyse information using verbal, mathematical, figural and spatial concepts.
  • Mathematics achievement and reasoning – Students are assessed on mathematics reasoning tasks. These are different to curriculum-based mathematics and focus on problem-solving skills.
  • Reading comprehension – this test assesses the ability to remember, locate, analyse, evaluate, derive and combine text propositions with fiction and non-fiction texts of increasing complexity.
  • Written Expression – this test assesses students’ facility with written language. A stimulus is provided for students to produce a piece of writing in a particular genre (e.g. narrative or persuasive writing).

Music Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to encourage excellence in Music and to develop the talents of gifted musicians and is tenable until Year 12, contingent on an annual review. Students of orchestral instruments, band instruments, voice or piano may be awarded either part or full remission of tuition fees based on the result of an examination and an audition/interview.

Year 7 2024

  • Online application by Friday 20 January 2023 including NAPLAN results and most recent Academic School Report. Candidates must include a video recording of performance excerpts (maximum 5 minutes).
  • Auditions on Saturday 11 February 2023. NB: Music candidates will be required to provide their own accompanist.
  • Academic test in February 2023. NB: Music candidates are not expected to achieve the highest examination rank; their performance in the test is considered in the context of the strength of the audition.
  • Portfolios are optional and must be submitted at the registration desk on the day of the audition.
  • Successful candidates will be notified by Easter.
  • Current Queenwood students in Year 7, 2024 are eligble to apply. 

Year 10 & Year 11 2024 (External applicants only)

  • All applicants are required to take the Scholarship exam conducted by Academic Assessment Services.
  • Welcomes applications from outstanding musicians to support our large ensemble program on Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, French horn, Euphonium, Tuba and Orchestral percussion. Scholarships will not be offered for piano.
  • Successful candidates are expected to undertake Music as an elective.
  • Students are ideally exceptional for their age and may have completed high grades or diploma level exams with outstanding results. Please contact us at music@queenwood.nsw.edu.au to discuss if your daughter fits into this category.

Audition requirements:

  • Two contrasting pieces performed on the principal instrument and one on second instrument, if applicable. Maximum combined performance time is 12 minutes.
  • A short sight reading test.
  • A short aural test involving: sight-singing; listening (with questions about tonality, rhythm, metre etc); and a written test (with questions about notation, terminology)
  • A short interview about the pieces performed and general musical interests will be conducted after the performances and aural test.
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