Thank-you for your interest in a scholarship at Barker. Barker offers a range of scholarships for entry into Year 7 and a limited number of scholarships for entry into Year 10. We expect all our scholars to represent Barker with pride and uphold the School values at all times. The awarding of a scholarship is dependent upon the results from the Barker Scholarship Examination, conducted by Academic Assessment Services, supporting documentation and interview. They are awarded at the discretion of the Head of Barker and the Scholarship Panel.
Information about Barker’s Scholarships can be found HERE.
Scholarship applications for entry into Year 10 2024 are now open. Please click here to apply online. Scholarship applications for entry into Year 7 2024 have closed.
Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions
What financial support do the Scholarships provide?
The Scholarships offered are either full or part Scholarships for Academic Tuition only and are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Panel. These include up to 100% Year 7 Scholarships, 50% - 100% Music Scholarships, 50% Year 10 Scholarships and the 50% Copeland Scholarship for a current Junior School student.
Do Barker offer full Scholarships?
In Year 7 some full Scholarships are offered at the discretion of the Scholarship Panel. For Year 10, only part Scholarships are offered and their value is again determined by the Scholarship Panel.
Why do I have to pay a $120 Application Fee?
Your $120 covers the School’s administrative costs and assessments for the Scholarship program.
Does my son/daughter have to sit the academic examination if he/she is applying for the Music Scholarship?
Does my child need to audition for the music scholarship?
Yes, families are requested to upload a video as part of the application process that shows the student playing two different audition pieces on their chosen instrument or a vocal performance. These submissions will be reviewed by the Music Scholarship Panel who will then make selections for students to be auditioned in person.
What is Barker looking for in music scholars?
Barker offers secondary school music scholarships to outstanding young musicians who are expected to make a major and ongoing contribution to the school’s extensive music program. Preference is given to players of instruments that can be included in the school’s large ensembles; orchestras and bands. Consideration will also be given to musicians who are excellent pianists/vocalists who are willing to take on instrumental lessons in an ensemble instrument nominated by the school. Similarly, instrumentalists will be invited to join the choir.
What standard of Musical ability is required to apply for a Music scholarship?
For entry into Year 7, an excellent result in AMEB Grade 4 or its equivalent is the minimum standard.
For entry into Year 10, an excellent result in AMEB Grade 7 or its equivalent is the minimum standard. Evidence of positive involvement in a school or community music program is an advantage.
If my child is successful in gaining a music scholarship what are the requirements?
Scholars are expected to enthusiastically participate in the music program in at least one ensemble, to support their peers and the music staff and to take Elective Music through to the HSC.
Can overseas students apply?
Yes, as long as they hold Australian residency. We are not registered to enrol students who require a student visa.
Where can I find more information about the type of Scholarship test my child will sit on the day?
Barker’s Scholarship Examination is conducted by Academic Assessment Services. Papers from previous examinations are not available, but the online application process does link to explanations of the nature of the examination.
By what means do we learn of our son/ daughter’s success, or otherwise?
Barker does not provide a report on your child’s performance in the Scholarship examination. A letter indicating whether you son/daughter has been successful or otherwise will be sent to you by the end of November for Year 7 candidates and the end of May for Year 10 candidates.
How can we best prepare for our son/ daughter’s examination?
The examination assesses acquired knowledge and intellectual ability. Allowing your child to rest well prior to the examination; providing encouragement and not ‘driving’ them in the hope of gaining good results; not overburdening them with unrealistic responsibilities and expectation; all these will assist your son or daughter.
What should our son/daughter bring on Examination Day?
The Scholarship examinations are conducted online.
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