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 Emma Macey

Director of Admissions

KEY DATES FOR 2022 MEANS-TESTED SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS

Friday 10 September 2021: Applications open
Term 4 2021: Shortlisted candidates visit Queenwood for a tour and a trial day (provided COVID-restrictions allow)
Christmas Break 2021: Shortlisted candidates return to Queenwood for panel interviews.
Christmas 2021: Recipients notified

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KEY DATES FOR 2023 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS

Friday 1 October 2021: Applications open
Friday 4 February 2022: Applications close
Saturday 12 February 2022: Music Scholarship Auditions for shortlisted candidates
Sunday 13 February 2022: Academic test
March 2022: Shortlist interviews
Easter 2022: Recipients notified

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Per Aspera Award 2022

The Per Aspera Award recognises that in some circumstances academic records may not fully reflect the abilities of an able student. It aims to make the outstanding academic and extra-curricular offering at Queenwood available to a student of high potential who can develop into a young woman of energy, character and purpose.

Commencing Year 7 – 11 in 2022:
  • 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.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the School in Term 4 2021 to spend a day with their prospective peers and learn about the programs, activities and opportunities offered at Queenwood (provided COVID-19 restrictions allow).
 
  • In the week following their visit, candidates are asked to reflect on their visit and pen a letter to the Principal that briefly outlines their life story, explains how their lives might be enriched through their attendance at the School and what they expect to contribute if they join the community.
  • Shortlisted candidates will return to the School at the beginning of the Christmas break for an informal discussion about the content of their letter. Successful candidates will be informed prior to Christmas.

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 2023, Year 10 2023
  • Online application by February 2022 including NAPLAN results and most recent Academic School Report.
  • Academic test in February 2022 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.

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.

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. 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.

Year 7 2023

  • Online application by February 2022; contact DirectorOfAdmissions@queenwood.nsw.edu if your financial circumstances are such that you are unable to pay the application fee.
  • Academic test in February 2022 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.
 
  • 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.

PER ASPERA AWARD 2023

The Per Aspera Award recognises that in some circumstances academic records may not fully reflect the abilities of an able student. It aims to make the outstanding academic and extra-curricular offering at Queenwood available to a student of high potential who can develop into a young woman of energy, character and purpose.

Years 10 – 11 in 2023

  • Online application by 4 February 2022; contact DirectorOfAdmissions@ queenwood.nsw.edu if your financial circumstances are such that you are unable to pay the application fee.
  • Academic test on 13 February 2022 . 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.
 
  • ​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.

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 2023, Year 10 2023, Year 11 2023

  • Online application by February 2022 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 in February 2022.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a senior member of staff.
  • Successful candidates will be notified by Easter.

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 2023

  • Online application by February 2022 including NAPLAN results and most recent Academic School Report.
  • Auditions in February 2022 (shortlisted candidates only).
  • Academic test in February 2022. 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.

Audition requirements:

  • Two contrasting pieces performed on the principal instrument and one on second instrument, if applicable.
  • 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.
  • Orchestral and band instrument standard should be at least 5th Grade AMEB or equivalent. Piano standard should be at least 6th Grade AMEB standard or equivalent.
  • Applicants wishing to present the voice as an option for their second instrument may do so with permission, and must provide evidence of involvement in vocal groups both in and out of school.
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