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6 Things you need to know about scholarships at Trinity

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 3, 2018, 6:00:00 AM

6 Many schools offer scholarships for the education of outstanding students. Scholarships are highly competitive, and students must demonstrate excellence and achievement in a range of activities. At Trinity, even our Academic Scholarships are not awarded on academic excellence alone. We also look for exemplary conduct and excellence in sport, co-curricular, community service and leadership.

Trinity offers a number of scholarships to eligible students annually. Scholarships are open to current students and those not currently attending Trinity Grammar School. Our scholarships include:

Year 7
Academic: awarded to students with exceptional academic standing. Candidates are required to provide a hard copy portfolio and sit an academic assessment.

Trinitarian: awarded to boys who excel in multiple areas including academics, sport, music and co-curricular. Candidates are required to provide a hard copy portfolio and sit an academic assessment.

Music: awarded to boys with outstanding musical ability. Candidates are required to provide a hard copy portfolio, sit an academic assessment and if short-listed, audition.

Year 10
Trinitarian Scholarship: awarded for Year 10 students who demonstrate exemplary conduct, and excellence in academic performance, music, sport and co-curricular activities. Leadership abilities are also taken into consideration. Candidates are required to provide a hard copy portfolio, including a one-page hand written statement from the applicant. An academic assessment for the Year 10 scholarship is not required.

Here are six things you need to know about scholarships at Trinity:

1. Important dates
Year 7 scholarship applications open in November, when the applicant is in Year 5. The closing date for applications generally occurs in the following February the year preceding entry.

Year 10 scholarship applications open in April and close in May. Application is open to students in Year 9 who, if successful, will be expected to commence Year 10 in Term 4 of the same year.

2. Application
All applications must be submitted to the School prior to the closing date using the School’s application form which can be found on the Trinity website. A hard copy portfolio of the applicant’s achievements must also be submitted.

Although not a requirement, a one-page summary of dot points highlighting your son’s key achievements (split by academic and co-curricular), is a good way to bring these accomplishments to the Registrar’s attention at the start of the portfolio.

For Year 7 and Year 10 Scholarship applications, the hard copy portfolio should include:

  • One-page summary of key achievements (optional)
  • Copies of school reports for the past two years
  • NAPLAN results
  • Academic, sporting, music and community certificates
  • Any other documents you feel are relevant to your child’s application
  • A copy of your son’s birth certificate.
  • *Handwritten statement from the student addressing why they think they should be considered for the scholarship (*Year 10 Scholarship applications only).

3. Preparing for the assessment/audition
All students applying for Year 7 scholarships are required to sit an academic examination, which will be implemented by an external assessment agency. Academic examinations generally take place in February.

Short-listed Music Scholarship applicants will also be required to audition individually. They should practise a piece to perform and arrange an accompanist for audition day.

Year 10 Scholarship applicants are not required to sit an academic assessment or audition.

4. Assessment days
The assessment agency will notify you about examination times and location. However, examinations are usually held at our Summer Hill campus on a Saturday morning. Please arrive at the examination centre at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the test.

Note that students are not allowed to bring any tablets, smart phones or smart watches into the examination.

5. Interviews and auditions
A shortlist of candidates will be selected for interview three to four weeks after the academic assessment for Year 7 scholarships, and two weeks after the closing date for Year 10 Scholarship applications. Students and parents can prepare for the interview by researching the School to ensure its education philosophy aligns with that of the family.

During the interview, it is important your son speaks honestly and allows his personality to shine through. He should think of the interview as a conversation rather than a test. Leaving the interview on a positive note by shaking hands or thanking the interviewers by name will leave a good impression. You can read our tips on how to prepare for an enrolment interview for more information.

In addition to the interview, short-listed Music scholarship applicants will undertake an audition which will usually take place some time after the scholarship examination. Applicants must arrange an accompanist to attend the audition with them, and perform a musical piece of their choice.

6. Results
Successful candidates will be notified one week after the interview. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified two weeks later to allow for second round offers should initial scholarship offers not be accepted.

For over a hundred years Trinity Grammar School has educated boys in mind, body and spirit. Our mission is to provide a thoroughly Christian education for boys from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, imparting knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, and recognising the importance of spiritual qualities in every sphere of learning. Fuelled by a pastorally aware culture with exceptionally high levels of individual student attention, we aim to know, understand and nurture each boy to help him realise his potential, passion and purpose in life.

If you’d like to learn more about our Scholarship programme, please contact our Enrolment team. To learn about the Trinity difference and to discover why we’re one of Sydney’s top boys’ schools, register for our upcoming Open Day.

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Topics: Boys' education, Trinity difference, Boys learning