Scholarships provide talented and deserving students with the opportunity to develop a passion for learning in our engaged, dynamic and inclusive community.





St Catherine’s School leads the way for girls’ education in Australia. St Catherine’s School occupies an enviable position, distinguished by its reputation for embracing an innovative and outstanding academic program and the richness and depth of opportunities offered to our students.

Through exceptional educational opportunities, we prepare our students to become globally responsive women of the future. Scholarships provide learning and life opportunities that benefit not only the recipients themselves but provide great value to our School community.


Academic Excellence

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of proven outstanding academic achievement and is subject to the student maintaining a high level of academic achievement.

  • Eligible for current and prospective students entering Years 5 to 11
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong academic ability.
  • Scholarships to be awarded on the basis of the results of a written examination and an interview with the Principal

Year 7 Dr Sylvia Walton AO Award for Academic Excellence

Dr Sylvia Walton AO was the Principal of St Catherine’s School from 2007 to 2013. An outstanding educational leader, the Scholarship recognises her contribution to both the School and the Australian educational landscape.

We are delighted to offer Year 6 girls within our local community the opportunity of a Year 7 Scholarship.

  • Applicants must demonstrate strong academic ability.
  • Scholarships will be awarded based on results from the written examination and an interview with the Principal.
  • Recipients will be expected to maintain a commitment to studies and make a significant contribution to St Catherine’s School through academic endeavour and leadership.
  • Academic scholarships may only be awarded to new students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

General Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate strong academic ability AND who demonstrate excellence in areas such as Sport, Drama, Music, Debating etc.

  • Eligible to both current and prospective students entering Years 5 to 11
  • Scholarships to be awarded on the basis of the results of a written examination and an interview with the Principal

VCE Excellence

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of proven outstanding academic achievement and is subject to the student maintaining a high level of academic achievement.

  • Eligible for current and prospective students entering Years 10 or 11
  • For students who have demonstrated high achievement in academics
  • Scholarships to be awarded on the basis of the results of a written examination and an interview with the Principal

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships are offered for entry into Year 5 to 9 and are awarded on the basis of the student’s music audition as well as the results of an independent examination.

  • Eligible to both current and prospective students entering Years 5 to 9
  • Awarded on the basis of the academic excellence examination, previous school reports and an audition with the Head of Music
  • Candidates must perform two stylistically contrasting pieces in a music audition.
  • Students may be asked to play one or two examples of their own technical work and they may be asked to sight-read a short musical excerpt on their instrument.
  • The scholarship will provide free instrumental tuition on one instrument for the duration of study at St Catherine’s School. (The duration of the instrumental lessons provided will be determined at the discretion of the Head of Music based on the particular ability level of the student each year.)
  • As a guideline, the following AMEB Grade levels or equivalent are suggested for entry at each year level. However, the School also encourages potential, with a particular focus on girls wishing to contribute to the School on specific instruments, such as Brass and Double Reed instruments.
      • AMEB Grade 4 level for Years 5 and 6 entry
      • AMEB Grade 5 level for Year 7 entry
      • AMEB Grade 6 level for Year 9 entry.
  • Musicality and a willingness to be a part of a thriving program are of most interest to the School and recipients will be expected to be involved in both the school ensemble program and as solo performers.

Boarding Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate their capacity to contribute to the life of the boarding house, particularly to excellence in academic endeavour and leadership.

  • Eligible for current and prospective students entering Years 7–11
  • Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the academic examination and an interview with the Principal.
  • Recipients will be expected to maintain a commitment to studies and make a significant contribution to boarding life at Illawarra House.

 


2023 Principal’s Barbreck Scholarship – Years 2-4

Applications Open June 2022 – Register Your interest

We are pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to new students entering Years 2-4 in 2023. Our Principal’s Barbreck Scholarships will be awarded by the Principal based upon:

  • genuine enthusiasm for learning
  • positive participation in co-curricular activities
  • active engagement in the classroom with their peers
  • kindness, care and compassion towards others.

All applicants will be required to complete the Scholarship Application and an online Application for Enrolment.

All shortlisted candidates will be invited to sit an interview with the Principal and demonstrate an understanding of our five core values:

  • Empathy – I choose kindness and have the courage to care
  • Perseverance – I persist with purpose
  • Integrity – I act responsibly and with good character
  • Curiosity- I wonder, question, and discover
  • Gratitude – I express appreciation
Eligibility
  • Scholarships may only be awarded to new student applications who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Scholarships will be awarded to students entering Years 2-4 in 2023 and will be based on an interview with the Principal.
  • Recipients will be expected to maintain a commitment to studies and make a significant contribution to life at St Catherine’s School.
  • The duration of this scholarship is will continue through to the completion of Year 9.
  • The value of this scholarship is variable and will be discussed with the Principal at the time of the interview.

Hardship Bursary

The St Catherine’s Hardship Fund exists to support Australian families, whether existing or new, who would otherwise not be able to send their daughter to St Catherine’s School due to financial reasons or who may need to withdraw their daughter from the School due to a change of circumstances.

  • Families who are yet to complete an Enrolment Application may submit an expression of interest in applying for a Hardship bursary via the Enrolment Application Form
  • Applicants will be invited to interview with the Principal and the Director of Business, or their Deputy.
  • Recipient students must have no familial links to any St Catherine’s Scholarship Fund or Hardship Fund donors.
  • Applicants may be required to submit an annual tax return as proof of financial hardship.
  • Applications are treated as strictly confidential.

The Dorothy Newman Scholarship

Mrs Dorothy Newman, was a much-loved teacher at St Catherine’s School from 1948 to 1953. Within this time Mrs Newman taught Chemistry, Biology and General Science. Mrs Newman held a Bachelor of Science from London University and a Teaching Certificate and Graduate Diploma from Cambridge University.

Known for her caring and encouraging approach, Mrs Newman was committed to educating the ‘whole-child’ across the School’s wide range of academic and co-curricular programs, leading study tours for St Catherine’s girls to Magnetic Island, Heron Island and Central Australia. Mrs Newman also held the position of Chief of Staff at St Catherine’s during her time at the School.

The Dorothy Newman Scholarship seeks to enable a young girl to reach her full potential through the academic and co-curricular opportunities offered by the School, including participation in the Arts, Drama, Sport, Music, Debating and Public Speaking.

Donated by a past student of the School, the perpetual Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who would not otherwise be able to attend St Catherine’s School due to financial restraints, and has a diagnosed health condition or physical challenge.

This Scholarship is awarded to a student who is capable of academic achievement through to VCE studies in Years 11 and 12, based on the following criteria:

· Demonstrated financial need

· Diagnosed health condition or physical challenge

· Demonstrated strong academic ability

Consideration will be given for a number of factors, including:

· Family support

· Life experiences

· Practical issues including distance from School.

All shortlisted candidates will be invited to sit an interview with the Principal and her nominated committee, comprising a member of the Senior Leadership Team and medical advisor. All applicants will be required to complete an online Application for Enrolment and contact the Registrar to express interest in consideration of this Scholarship.

 


Yalari Indigenous Scholarship

The St Catherine’s Indigenous Scholarship Program provides full boarding and academic scholarships to Year 7 Indigenous students from regional Aboriginal communities across Australia. This program is a vital component which enriches our culturally diverse School community. In partnership with the Yalari Foundation, the Yalari Scholarship provides recipients with full academic tuition, Boarding House residence, additional academic support and one-on-one mentoring to assist the development of study and organisational skills.

  • Eligible to Indigenous students from regional Aboriginal communities across Australia
  • Scholarships for students entering Year 7, open from January to April each year.

 

Yes. Recipients will be expected to maintain a commitment to studies and make a significant contribution to St Catherine’s School through academic endeavour and leadership.

Provision of Scholarships will vary and will be discussed at the time of Offer.

Where partial Scholarship is awarded, fees requiring payment will be subject to the conditions of Enrolment and Schedule of Fees and Other Charges as defined in the Enrolment Contract.

  • Complete the online application form
  • Attach all relevant documents
  • Submit scholarship application by the due date
  • Following testing, you will be notified if you have been shortlisted for interview.
  • When submitted your application, you must supply a copy of:
    • Most recent school report
    • Most recent NAPLAN test report
    • Any relevant supporting documents such as awards, certificates and/or photos of trophies
    • Visa Certificate (if applicable)
    • A clear and recent photograph of the applicant.

Scholarships will be awarded for partial or full tuition as outlined in your Offer. They do not include uniforms, co-curricular activities, academic resources.

Students that are shortlisted will be required to attend an interview with the Principal, who will, at their discretion make the final decision. Each application is assessed on an individual basis, and students are accepted at the discretion of St Catherine’s School. Successful candidates will be required to complete an Application for Enrolment and Enrolment Contract to confirm their acceptance of the offer.

Special preparation or coaching is not required. The best preparation is to arrive relaxed and refreshed on the testing day. Information about Test Preparation can be found here.

Scholarship tests are designed to identify and distinguish between students of high academic ability. Information about Scholarship tests can be found here.

Yes. International and regional students are encouraged to apply for our Boarding Scholarship. Testing is conditional on the following requirements being met:

  • The applicant’s current school Principal is prepared to allow the testing to take place.
  • Testing is to be carried out under exam conditions according to AAS instructions.
  • The Principal and supervising teacher are prepared to sign a confidentiality agreement to safeguard the security of AAS copyright test material
  • The tests are to be administered no later than three days either side of St Catherine’s examination date unless otherwise agreed.

Subject to these conditions being met, the following will be dispatched by AAS to the applicant’s current school:

  • a complete set of test materials
  • a set of administration directions
  • a confidentiality agreement

Upon completion, the testing material is to be couriered back to the Sydney office of AAS at the applicant’s expense. Other forms of delivery are not acceptable and tests will not be scored unless all of the above requirements are met.