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2020 Adventurous Minds Scholarship

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

A message to all scholarship applicants and their families.

Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown in place across Metropolitan Melbourne, we have moved to an online testing model, facilitated by Edutest Pty Ltd, to enable us to continue with our testing date on Saturday 12 September.

If you have any questions about the scholarships application process, please contact our enrolments team at enrol@woodleigh.vic.edu.au or call 5971 6100.

Scholarship Applications OPEN: Monday 13 July 2020 
Scholarship Applications CLOSE: Friday 4 September 2020 
Examination Day: Saturday 12 September 2020 (ONLINE TESTING)

General Information

Scholarship applications for entry into Years 5 & 7 in 2022 will open on Monday 13 July 2020. This year we are also offering a limited number of scholarships for entry into Years 5 to 12 in 2021. The total number of scholarships offered is dependent upon the quality of applicants and the availability of places. Applicants are advised to only apply for either the 2021 Homestead Scholarship or the 2022 Scholarship.  Applications can be made at this time via the link on the Woodleigh School website.

Adventurous Minds Scholarship applications are submitted via this website and we welcome applications from all talented girls and boys who feel they have much to offer our school. All students applying for an Adventurous Minds Scholarship are required to sit the scholarship examination on Saturday 12 September 2020. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Principal, whose decision is final. Please note we do not share our results. 

Years 5 to 12 in 2021

Homestead Scholarships

Homestead Scholarships are only open to students who do not currently attend Woodleigh School. Applicants should have sound academic potential, a strong desire to learn, and the willingness to give their best to Woodleigh’s extensive co-curricular programs. We seek young leaders, who are committed to our community and work to better themselves and their peers through active contribution and service. Students who display a particular talent in the Visual or Performing Arts, Music or Sport, are all encouraged to apply. Homestead Scholarship applicants are required to sit the scholarship test and submit supporting documentation providing evidence of their engagement with their studies, participation in local sport or community groups, their desire to help others and of their efforts to make a positive contribution to the wider school community. 

Years 5 & 7 in 2022

Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships are open to current Woodleigh students, and to students who do not currently attend Woodleigh School. Academic Scholarships are awarded to the most highly-able students. Students who display outstanding academic ability on the scholarship test will be invited to an interview with the Principal. Supporting documentation should include evidence of the student’s particular academic talents and other notable interests and achievements. 

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships are open to current Woodleigh students, and to students who do not currently attend Woodleigh School. Students applying for a Music Scholarship are required to sit the scholarship test. However, the most weight will be placed upon evidence of a high degree of talent in their chosen instrument/s. It is expected that applicants are able to perform to a minimum standard of AMEB Grade 2 for Year 5 entry or AMEB Grade 3 for Year 7 entry, or a comparable level. Shortlisted students will be invited to audition before the Director of Music, where they will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces of music on their chosen instrument/s and to demonstrate their ability to sight-read. Not all Music candidates will be invited to audition. 

Principal’s Scholarships

Principal’s Scholarships are open to current Woodleigh students, and to students who do not currently attend Woodleigh School. Principal’s Scholarships are awarded on the basis of sound academic potential, a strong desire to learn and the willingness to fully participate in the co- curricular life of the School. Leadership skills, citizenship qualities, a commitment to community service, and a particular talent in Visual or Performing Arts, Music or Sport, are all key selection criteria. Students applying for a Principal’s Scholarship are required to sit the scholarship test and to submit supporting documentation providing evidence of their academic engagement, participation in local sport or community groups, their desire to serve others and of their efforts to make a positive contribution to their wider school community. 

Testing

All candidates applying for a Woodleigh School Adventurous Minds Scholarship are required to sit the scholarship test. Testing will occur in the morning of Saturday 12 September 2020 and be conducted by Edutest Pty Ltd. As a result of the current restrictions surrounding public gatherings in Victoria, the test will be conducted ONLINE. The test is broken up into four subsets – Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and Mathematics. Students will have 2.5 hours in which to complete the tests. An outline of the recommended testing environment and the conditions under which the testing must be undertaken, will be provided to families the week prior to testing.

Applications

Scholarship applications will open on Monday 13 July 2020 and close on Friday 4 September 2020. Testing and application closing dates will be advertised on the School’s website and in the local press. 

Applications must be made online by following the ‘Scholarship Program’ link available on the ‘Enrolment’ page on the school’s website (www.woodleigh.vic.edu.au/enrol) - available only whilst applications are open.

A non-refundable application fee is charged to cover administrative and testing expenses and must be paid at the time the application is lodged. The application fee for this testing is $95.00, including GST.

Please Note: 

  • Should Woodleigh School be forced to cancel our Scholarship Testing Program due to COVID-19 restrictions, all applicants will be refunded 100% of their $95 application fee.  
  • Should Woodleigh School be forced to reschedule the Scholarship Testing Program and an applicant is unable to sit on the new date, they will receive a 75% refund. (Edutest charge a 25% admin fee).

Applications will not be accepted after Friday 4 September 2020.

Supporting Documentation

Supporting documentation for all scholarship candidates (including current Woodleigh students) must be provided as below. Specific scholarship types require additional supporting documentation to be provided. Please read through the list carefully to ensure that you supply all the documentation as requested.

Documents should be emailed to enrol@woodleigh.vic.edu.au by 5pm on Friday 4 September 2020. Supporting documents will not be considered after this time.

All candidates to provide (including current Woodleigh students)

  • Student Overview – Will be emailed to the family upon receipt of the scholarship application. 
  • A copy of the candidate’s Birth Certificate.
  • A passport sized photograph of the candidate.
  • A copy of the candidate’s full Semester 1, 2020 school report.
  • A copy of the candidate’s full Semester 2, 2019 school report.
  • A copy of the candidate’s last two NAPLAN test results. 
    (Year 5 2021 candidates are only required to provide their Year 3 results).
    (Year 5 2022 candidates will be unable to provide any NAPLAN results due to the cancellation of 2020 NAPLAN testing).
    (Year 7 2022 candidates are only required to provide their Year 3 results due to the cancellation of 2020 NAPLAN testing).
  • We recommend the inclusion of a Teacher/Principal/Coach or Mentor reference to support your application.

Homestead Scholarship candidates - Years 5 - 12, 2021

  • Evidence of a particular academic talent or participation in academic pursuits, e.g. Tournament of Minds, Da Vinci Decathlon, UNSW ICAS.
  • Evidence of participation in academic enhancement programs or academic awards, e.g. debating, Chess Club, Faculty Awards.
  • Evidence of a particular talent in Visual or the Performing Arts, e.g. Music exams, theatre or dance productions, samples of artwork. 
  • Evidence of a particular talent in sport or a physical pursuit, e.g. football, netball, swimming, triathlon, equestrian, snow sports. 

Academic Scholarship candidates - Years 5 & 7, 2022

  • Evidence of a particular academic talent or participation in academic pursuits, e.g. Tournament of Minds, Da Vinci Decathlon, UNSW ICAS. 
  • Evidence of participation in academic enhancement programs or academic awards, e.g. Debating, Chess Club, Faculty Awards. 

Music Scholarship candidates - Years 5 & 7, 2022

  • Evidence of varying solo or ensemble performances.
  • Duration of study.
  • Examination gradings.
  • The ability to perform on more than one instrument.
  • Candidates may also like to include a reference from their music teacher. 

Principal’s Scholarship candidates - Years 5 & 7, 2022

  • Evidence of a particular academic talent or participation in academic pursuits, e.g. Tournament of Minds, Da Vinci Decathlon, UNSW ICAS. 
  • Evidence of participation in academic enhancement programs or academic awards, e.g. debating, Chess Club, Faculty Awards.
  • Evidence of leadership skills, citizenship qualities or involvement in any community or service groups, e.g. School or House Captain, Scouting, St John’s, Surf Life Saving, participation in community fundraisers.
  • Evidence of a particular talent in Visual or the Performing Arts, e.g. Music exams, theatre or dance productions, samples of artwork. 
  • Evidence of a particular talent in sport or a physical pursuit, e.g. football, netball, swimming, triathlon, equestrian, snow sports. 

Inclusions and Expectations

The 2020 Adventurous Minds Scholarships will range between 20% and 50% remission of Tuition Fees but may be for differing amounts. Additional costs, such as the Enrolment Application Fee, Student Entry Fee, Consolidated Charge, some camps, Private Music lessons, uniforms and books are not part of the Tuition Fees and are not covered by the scholarship unless otherwise stated.

All Woodleigh School Adventurous Minds Scholarships are awarded with the intention that the successful candidate will continue through to the end of Year 12, and are subject to annual review by the Principal. If it is felt that the student’s work or behaviour is below standard or inappropriate, or in the case of a Music Scholarship, where the student withdraws from studying their specified instrument, the Principal reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship with reasonable notice. 

Results

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview with the Principal and/or an audition with the Director of Music. Being invited to an interview or audition is not a guarantee of a scholarship offer.

Unsuccessful applicants will be advised via email at the conclusion of the selection process. This process can take several weeks to complete. Testing results will not be released or shared with other schools. 

Further Information

We very much hope that the scholarship program will proceed as planned and welcome your application at this time. We will be in touch with all applicants closer to the testing date as government guidelines for this period are confirmed.

Additionally, It is an expectation that families whose children are applying for a scholarship will have attended one of the school’s regular Enrolment Information Sessions, and completed a Campus Tour. While tours are not possible at the moment, bookings can be made for our Enrolment Information Sessions further up this page.

If you have any further questions regarding Woodleigh School Adventurous Minds Scholarships, please feel free to contact the Enrolments Office on 03 5971 6100 or enrol@woodleigh.vic.edu.au.

SALLY HICKS 
Director of Enrolments

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