Scholarships - General Information

General Information

Firbank Grammar offers scholarships to outstanding students in many areas. Firbank is committed to offering scholarships to exceptional students who will take advantage of the opportunities presented to them.

Scholarships are normally 50% remission of tuition fees. A greater, and in some cases full remission, may be awarded to an outstanding student at the School's discretion. The number of scholarships offered will vary depending on the quality of the applicants. Junior Campuses - Brighton and Sandringham - scholarships awarded in Years 3 and 4, are tenable until the end of Year 6. All other scholarships are tenable until Year 12, subject to satisfactory continuing performance.

The Enrolment Fee and Interest Free Deposit are payable on acceptance of an offer of scholarship.

 

Scholarships Available:

ACADEMIC

Firbank offers a diverse and challenging curriculum which provides excellent pathways to tertiary education. Our VCE results are consistently outstanding. 

SENIOR SCHOOL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS 

Criteria

  • For girls entering Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 
  • Awarded on the basis of the results of the Edutest Examination and subject to an interview.
  • Firbank Grammar students and external candidates are eligible.
  • Boarding Scholarships are also available in these year levels.

Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to be considered for a Boarding Scholarship.

   

JUNIOR SCHOOL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS - Brighton Campus 

Criteria

  • For girls entering Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 
    Awarded on the basis of the results of the Edutest examination and subject to an interview.
  • Firbank Grammar students and external candidates are eligible.

On lodgment of your on-line application, you will receive an email confirming successful registration.  Approximately one week prior to the testing date, you will receive a further email with details of testing day arrangements.

It is expected that candidates will be advised of the outcome of the examination within four weeks of the test date and parents will receive a confidential, individual profile reporting on their child’s performance in each test.

Following receipt of test results, short-listed students will be invited to attend an interview at Firbank. At this time, they should bring a copy of their most recent school report, NAPLAN test results and any other support material that may be deemed relevant.

    

JUNIOR SCHOOL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS - Sandringham Campus 

Criteria

  • For girls and boys entering Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 
    Awarded on the basis of the results of the Edutest examination and subject to an interview.
  • Firbank Grammar students and external candidates are eligible.

On lodgment of your on-line application, you will receive an email confirming successful registration.  Approximately one week prior to the testing date, you will receive a further email with details of testing day arrangements.

It is expected that candidates will be advised of the outcome of the examination within four weeks of the test date and parents will receive a confidential, individual profile reporting on their child’s performance in each test.

Following receipt of test results, short-listed students will be invited to attend an interview at Firbank. At this time, they should bring a copy of their most recent school report, NAPLAN test results and any other support material that may be deemed relevant.

GENERAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

Criteria

  • For girls entering Years 5 to 11 
  • Firbank Grammar and External applicants.

  • Awarded by interview and presentation of curriculum vitae.

Firbank is seeking applicants who are academically sound and demonstrate an outstanding

commitment to achieving excellence in leadership and extra-curricular activities.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • The Application Form (to be completed by parent)
  • The Curriculum Vitae Form (to be completed by the student)
  • A copy of the applicant’s most recent school report
  • A copy of the applicant’s latest NAPLAN test result
  • A written reference  

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Criteria

Firbank Grammar students and external candidates are eligible.

  • For girls entering Years 5 to 11: any musical instrument, including voice by audition and interview. 

Firbank has a long tradition of excellence in music and provides a dynamic and varied music program which includes regular concert performances and overseas tours. An appreciation of music in all its forms is encouraged at all levels of the School.

The award of a Music Scholarship will be made on the basis of an audition conducted by the Co-Directors of Music and  previous school reports. All instruments (including voice) are eligible.

The scholarships are offered through to Year 12, subject to a satisfactory annual school record, participation in the School’s co-curricular music program, appropriate conduct, attitude and adherence to School Policies. Please note that any scholarship offer made, includes up to one hour of free music tuition ( which must be taken within the School). In order to realise any future potential identified during the audition process, scholarship holders are expected to continue individual tuition on their scholarship instrument (includes voice). Any decision to cease individual tuition must be discussed with the relevant Co-Director of Music.

General Information

  • Candidates should have attained Grade 3 or 4 AMEB level but this is a guide only. Future potential is also taken into account.
  • Auditions last for approximately 20 minutes. Candidates will need to perform 2 or 3 contrasting pieces depending on length. If a candidate plays two or more instruments then 2 pieces should be played using the major instrument and the third piece on the minor instrument. Some sight-reading will also be given. Candidates will need to provide their own accompanist if required. 
  • Applications should be accompanied by recent AMEB examination reports or other information regarding musical attainment. A reference may also be included. External applicants should also include a copy of their most recent school report.

 

ST ANDREW’S BRIGHTON CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Criteria

  • For girls entering the Senior School in Years 5 to 11
  • By audition and interview and school reports.
  • External and internal applicants.

Firbank has a long tradition of excellence in music and provides a dynamic and varied music program which includes regular church and concert performances.  An appreciation of music in all its forms is encouraged at all levels of the School.
 

The School has had a strong association with St Andrew’s since it’s foundation in 1909 and many School services are held at the Church.

The scholarship will be for 75% remission of tuition fees and will be tenable until the completion of Year 12.

The scholarship holder will be required to be a member of St Andrew’s Church Choir and as such will be subject to the directions and requirements of the Choir Master of St Andrew’s Church.


St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Brighton - Choir Commitments

The current pattern of rehearsals and services during the school term is as follows:

Rehearsals:

Mondays
4.00 - 4.45 p.m. - rehearsal in St Andrew's Church 

Wednesday - All Soprano and Alto Choristers at St Andrews
7.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

                                  

Attendance at Sunday Services:

8.50 a.m. for 10.00 a.m. until approximately 11.15 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. for 6.00 p.m. 

The Choir is not required on public holiday long weekends in March, June and November and out-of-term time, except during Holy Week and Easter and during the time leading up to and including Christmas Day.

The scholarship holder will also be required to be a member of an appropriate choir of Firbank Grammar School and to assist the musical activities of the School as specified by the Co-directors of Music. 

General Information

  • Candidates should have some previous choral experience. Future potential is also taken into account.
  • Auditions last for approximately 20 minutes. Candidates will need to perform 2 or 3 contrasting pieces depending on length. Some sight-singing will also be given and some ear tests will be conducted. Candidates will need to provide their own accompanist if required.
  • Applications should be accompanied by a reference, a copy of the most recent school reports and recent AMEB examination reports or other information regarding musical attainment.

  

VISUAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS

Criteria

  • For girls entering Years 7 to 11
  • by Presentation of Folio and interview
  • Firbank Grammar and External applicants.

The Visual Arts are an integral part of Firbank’s curriculum. The School has a long tradition of encouraging excellence in creative achievement through its Visual Arts program.

Studies in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work and the use of multi-media to promote individual artistic expression are part of the Art program.

Student achievement is recognised in an annual Art Exhibition, in permanent displays around the School and in specific awards and acquisitive prizes. Our students have consistently succeeded in gaining acceptance into Arts-related tertiary courses. VCE work has been included in the prestigious Top Arts Awards. 

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of an interview and presentation of the student’s folio of work to members of the School’s Visual Arts Department. The Folio should contain a representative range of the student’s work. Short-listed candidates will then be requested to attend a practical session.

The scholarships are offered from the year of entry to Year 12, subject to a satisfactory annual school record, participation in the School’s Visual Arts program, appropriate conduct, attitude and adherence to School Board Policies.

If a successful applicant is a Boarder then she will usually be granted 50% remission of tuition fees and 50% remission of boarding fees. Please indicate on the Registration Form if you wish to be considered for a Boarding Scholarship for Visual Arts.

General Information

  • Applications should be accompanied by a reference, a copy of the most recent school reports and any information regarding artistic attainment.

 

PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS

Criteria

  • For girls entering the Senior School in Years 7 to 11
  • Firbank Grammar and External applicants.
  • By audition and interview.

At Firbank, Drama is part of the academic curriculum from Years 7 to 12. The School has a long tradition of encouraging excellence in performance.

There are extensive opportunities for students to participate in a variety of productions during each school year. These include musicals, ensemble pieces, solo performance and student-directed productions during the School’s annual Creative Arts Festival.

Students have the opportunity to develop their skills in stagecraft and production technique. The School has three theatres and works closely with Brighton Grammar School in co-productions. There is also a Drama Club in the School.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of an audition conducted by the Head of Drama. The audition will consist of a prepared 5-minute monologue/performance of the student’s choice and a school-directed improvisation.

The scholarships are offered from the year of entry to Year 12, subject to a satisfactory annual school record, participation in the School’s Performing Arts program, appropriate conduct, attitude and adherence to School Board Policies.

If a successful applicant is a Boarder then she will usually be granted 50% remission of tuition fees and 50% remission of boarding fees. Please indicate on the Registration Form if you wish to be considered for a Boarding Scholarship for Performing Arts.

General Information

  • Applications should be accompanied by a reference, a copy of the most recent school reports and any information regarding theatrical experience.

  

SPORTING SCHOLARSHIPS

Criteria

  • For girls entering Years 5 to 11 
  • External and internal applicants.
  • Awarded by interview and presentation of curriculum vitae.

Firbank has a long tradition of sporting excellence and in the Senior School currently 18 sports are on offer. Firbank is part of Girls’ Sport Victoria, (GSV) which comprises the top 24 girls schools in Melbourne. GSV competition is in a variety of sports.

There is a comprehensive inter-house sporting competition and selected School teams that compete at local, State and National levels.

Skilled coaches support the sporting program of the School.

Applicants must have a sound academic record and demonstrate an outstanding commitment to and an achievement of excellence in their chosen sport/s. Sports scholarship recipients are required to contribute to a range of School sporting activities and compete in their chosen sport for the School for the duration of the Scholarship and are expected to act as good ambassadors for the School.

The scholarships will be tenable until the student has completed Year 12, subject to satisfactory performance.  They will be awarded on the basis of an interview and presentation of their curriculum vitae.  The recipients of the awards will receive 50% remission of tuition fees. The Enrolment Fee and Interest Free Deposit will be payable on acceptance of an offer of a scholarship.

For a student to be considered for a Sporting Scholarship the following criteria are applicable:

  • Evidence of participation at State and/or National level competition in a Firbank Sport: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Diving, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Sailing, Snow Sports, Soccer, Softball, Surf League, Swimming, Tennis and Volleyball.
  • Evidence of positive role modelling to other students and peers in one or more of the above sports.
  • Evidence of in-school and out-of school sporting achievements.e.g. photopcopy of Certificates.
  • Evidence of up to 5 minutes of recent video evidence of the applicant competing in a sport of their choice.

Short listed candidates will be invited to attend an interview with the Principal and the Director of Sport, however, the interview does not necessarily mean a Scholarship will be offered.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • The Application Form (to be completed by parent)
  • The Curriculum Vitae Form (to be completed by the student)
  • A copy of the applicant’s most recent school report
  • A copy of the applicant’s latest NAPLAN test result
  • A written reference from the coach/s of the chosen sport/s