FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

When do applications open and close?

Applications for the 2023 Scholarship program have now closed.

How do I apply?

Applications for 2023 have closed. Applicants for 2024 must register via the online application form which will be made available closer to the application date.

What are the examination dates?

Scholarship Testing Dates

Entry into Year 7 in 2023 will be held on Monday 7 February 2022.

Entry into Years 9 and 11 in 2023 will be held on Tuesday 8 February 2022.

Please be advised there will be no make-up test for those unable to attend testing on the given days.

On the day of the test, boys are required to be at the College by 8.15am for an 8.30am start. We expect to finish by 12.30 pm.

Kindly note, an email will be sent by Academic Assessment Services (not by Newington College) to applicants a few days prior to testing. The email will contain information about start and finish times, what to bring etc.

What does my son wear son on examination day?

Students may wear either their school uniform or neat casual clothes

What does he need to bring?

Academic Assessment Services, the company administering the testing process, will email all applicants relevant information in the weeks prior to the examination.

When do we submit his portfolio?

The due date for 2023 application submissions of portfolios and supporting documentation with cover page attached to the front of the folder is Friday 4 February 2022.

Portfolios must be submitted in hard copy only.

What happens if I miss the closing date?

Applications and registrations for the scholarship examination day will not be accepted after the closing date. A makeup Scholarship Test will not be available. 

Can I send original documents?

Photocopies only, please. The College takes no responsibility for the damage or loss of original certificates/documents.

What happens to my portfolio after the process has been completed?

Portfolios will be available for collection from Newington College Senior Reception from 2-13 May 2022. The College will not be responsible for posting portfolios to candidates.

For Music Scholarships, is my son automatically granted an audition?

The Music Department will contact those candidates who will be selected and shortlisted to attend an audition at a nominated time as set by the College. Click here for a guide to the minimum recommended standard.

I live in regional NSW, interstate or overseas. Can I still sit the examination?

Yes. When you register online to sit the test, you must choose either the Rural, Regional, or Interstate scholarship option or the Overseas scholarship option. The Academic Services Assessment Team who administers the examination will contact your school to arrange for the test to be administered with supervision.

Is there any special criteria for means tested scholarship applicants?

Candidates who are offered a means-tested scholarship will be subject to a financial means test. This is to give preference to those boys from a background that would prevent attendance at Newington.

For all means-tested scholarships, families will be required to demonstrate that their present and future financial circumstances would not allow them to finance their son’s attendance at Newington.

Families called in for an interview will be asked to complete a confidential financial questionnaire. This would include:

  • copies of recent taxation return
  • statement of assets and liabilities
  • a statutory declaration attesting to their financial position and indicating their interests in trusts, companies, and partnerships.

A family’s financial status would need to be confirmed annually to ensure that the scholarship continues to be awarded based on financial need. We must ensure the provision of such scholarships is provided with utmost confidentiality, fairness, and sensitivity. Only the Chief Financial Officer will review the financial data. No one on the selection panel or teaching staff will have access to this information.

Are scholarship students reviewed?

We ask boys and families to work towards meeting their commitments to their scholarship over their life at the College. There is a six-monthly review (mid-year and end of year) of all scholarship holders, with boys who are meeting the published criteria retaining their scholarship through to the end of Year 12.

Have more questions?

If you have more questions about any of the scholarships or the application process, please contact the Newington Admissions Department on T: 02 9568 9347 or click here.