Frequently Asked Questions

When do applications close?

Applications for bursaries and scholarships for 2021 will close on Thursday 6 February 2020.

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 as soon as they have registered their application.

When do we submit his portfolio?

Portfolios and supporting documentation with cover page attached to the front of the folder, must be submitted by 5pm Thursday 6 February 2020. Portfolios must be submitted in hard copy only.

What happens if I miss the closing date?

Applications and registrations for the bursary and scholarship examination day will not be accepted after the closing date.

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 1 May – 11 May 2020. 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 bursary/scholarship option or the Overseas bursary/scholarship option. The Academic Services Assessment Team who administer the examination will make contact with your school to arrange for the test to be administered with supervision.

Is there any special criteria for bursary applicants?

Candidates who are offered a bursary 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 bursaries, families will be required to demonstrate that their present and likely 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 returns
  • 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 bursary continues to be awarded on the basis of financial need.

We must ensure the provision of bursaries is provided with utmost confidentiality, fairness and sensitivity. Only the Head of Corporate Services will review the financial data. No one on the selection panel or teaching staff will have access to this information.

Are bursary and scholarship students reviewed?

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

Have more questions?

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