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Willoughby Girls High School

Willoughby Girls High School

A Leader in Girls Education

Telephone02 9958 4141

Emailwilloughbg-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Scholarships and awards

Our students can take advantage of several scholarship and award opportunities.

NSW School Nanga Mai Awards

The Nanga Mai Awards are an annual event organised by Aboriginal Education and Communities Directorate. The awards recognise and celebrate innovation, excellence and educational achievement in Aboriginal education in NSW public schools, school communities and department directorates.

Premier’s Spelling Bee

The Premier’s Spelling Bee is an annual competition that encourages primary school students in Years 3 to 6 to develop their spelling skills in a fun and educational way. Students are selected at school level to take part in regional finals. Regional winners then compete in the state final.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

This Premier’s Reading Challenge encourages students from Kindergarten to Year 9 to develop a love of reading and plays an important role in developing literacy.

Premier’s Debating Challenge

The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to students from Year 5 to 12. Teams compete in a round robin series of debates against other schools. The winners go on to compete at regional and state level to determine the eventual state champion.

Public speaking competitions

The Arts Unit offers public speaking competitions for NSW school students. Each competition is a great opportunity for students to develop their speech-writing and presentation skills while representing their schools in a state-wide competition.

Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarships

The Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarships are an opportunity to visit significant overseas sites associated with Australia’s participation in war for Years 10 and 11 students in selected schools.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Australia

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Australia provides an internationally recognised, self-development program for people aged 14 to 25. The program equips young people with the opportunity to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities.

The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme is one of the most popular extra curricular activities offered at Willoughby Girls High School. Students commence their bronze awards in Year 9 and usually complete their silver award at the end of Year 10 or 11. Students must complete four sections in order to gain an award including a service, a skill, a physical recreation and an expedition. Expedition camps are organised each year in the Wollemi National Park. Any student aged 14 years or over is able to access the program. A meeting of interested students is held at the commencement of each year and advertised in the daily messages. 

Debating and public speaking

Opportunities are offered to students to represent the school in a variety of debating and public speaking competitions. After school coaching sessions led by external coaches are available for interested students. In addition to the Department of Education and Communities competitions for Years 7 to 12, there are in school competitions for Years 7 and 8, as well as external competitions, such as the Macquarie Debating Cup, and speech competitions organised by Legacy. Opportunities for students to partake in these programs are advertised in the school's English classes, the daily messages and newsletters.