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Scholarships

Tara Anglican School for Girls offers a number of scholarships to students who can demonstrate cocurricular achievements and strong academic performance.

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Students must excel in music performance to be eligible for the music scholarships. Scholarships are also offered to assist families with limited financial resources. In keeping with Tara’s tradition of inclusion and recognition of outstanding individuals, we are pleased to offer a number of scholarships to cover part or full tuition or boarding fees to girls in Senior School.

"Tara offers scholarships to students that demonstrate excellence, combined with a high degree of personal commitment and involvement in a range of activities. Students benefit from scholarships because their particular interest and abilities are recognised and valued and they are given the opportunity to flourish. Our School and other students also gain from the contribution made by these students to our community."

Mrs Susan Middlebrook, Principal

Tara is pleased to offer the following scholarships: 

  • Academic All Rounder Scholarships for girls entering Years 7 or 9 
  • Music for girls entering Year 7
  • Tara Foundation (means tested) for girls entering Year 7
  • Boarding for girls entering Years 7-11

Details for these scholarships are outlined below or to download a PDF of Scholarship information for 2023 please click on the link below.

Scholarship Offers

Scholarships are offered based on merit and may be granted at the Principal's discretion. Only applicants who are successful in being offered a scholarship will be invited to an interview with the Principal.

Please note that an application for scholarship at Tara Anglican School for Girls does not guarantee entry to the School. 

Successful candidates must take up the scholarship offer in the year of offer. The scholarships cover partial or full remission of tuition fees or boarding fees (excluding extras). All other expenses are to be met at the full rate by the family.

Students can receive and hold one scholarship only for the duration of their study at Tara.

Contact information 

For all scholarship enquiries please contact the Scholarships Office via email or 02 9630 6655.

For further information and to tour the School please contact the Enrolments Office on 02 9630 6655 or email

Requirements for Scholarships Commencing in 2023

Open to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia, wishing to commence enrolment in Term 1, 2023.

  • Applications open on Monday, 4 October 2021 and close on Monday, 24 January 2022. Late applications will not be considered.
  • AAS scholarship examinations will be held at Tara on Saturday, 19 February 2022.
  • Music auditions will be held at Tara on Wednesday, 23 February 2022.
  • AAS registration fee $130, payable at the time of registration.
  • All scholarship applicants must sit the academic examination. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with our Principal during Term 1, 2022. Successful applicants will be required to complete an application for enrolment, incurring the current application and acceptance fees.
  • Students who commence at Tara on a scholarship are expected to continue their enrolment until Year 12 graduation.

Scholarship Examinations

Academic Assessment Services (AAS) have been providing academic assessment services to schools for over 40 years. The AAS Scholarship program assesses students in:

  • Abstract Reasoning and Problem Solving – this test assesses the ability to reason with and analyse information using verbal, mathematical, figural and spatial concepts.
  • Mathematics Achievement and Reasoning – for Primary and Junior Secondary students these tests assess curriculum related mathematics tasks and mathematical reasoning tasks. Middle and Senior Secondary students are assessed on mathematics reasoning tasks. These are different to curriculum based mathematics and focus on problem solving skills.
  • Reading Comprehension – this test assesses the ability to remember, locate, analyse, evaluate, derive and combine text propositions with fiction and non fiction texts of increasing complexity.
  • Written Expression – this test assesses students’ facility with written language. A stimulus is provided for students to produce a piece of writing in a particular genre (e.g. narrative or argument) depending on the requirements of the School.

For more information on test preparation please visit the AAS website.

Requirements

Academic Scholarships are awarded each year to applicants commencing in Years 7 or 9, open to both current Tara students and external applicants, who demonstrate academic excellence in the scholarship examination, and at interview can discuss their ability to make a positive and significant contribution to the life of the School.

Music Scholarships are awarded each year to applicants commencing in Year 7, open to both current Tara students and external applicants, who demonstrate one of the following proficiencies, supported by a AMEB, Trinity or equivalent certificate,

  • pianist at Grade 6 or above; or
  • oboe, bassoon, viola, double bass, French horn, trombone, tuba, percussion or voice at a sufficiently high standard; or
  • all other instruments at Grade 5 or above.

Students who achieve a Music scholarship with Tara are expected to participate fully in the musical life of Tara, including performing in appropriate musical ensembles and study music consistently through to Year 12.

Foundation Scholarships are awarded each year to applicants commencing in Year 7 and are open to both current Tara students and external applicants. This scholarship is for candidates not otherwise able to attend Tara for financial reasons and they are means tested.

Boarding Scholarships are awarded each year to external applicants only, from regional areas, commencing in Years 7 through to 11. Families must be able to provide evidence of their home address being in a regional area of Australia, outside of Sydney.

Examination Day

The AAS Scholarship Examination will be held at Tara on Saturday 19 February 2022. Testing will be conducted between 8:45 am and 12:30 pm, please arrive no later than 8:20 am.

Parents will be welcome to join a School tour commencing at 9:00 am.

For more information contact the Registrar on 02 9630 6655 or scholarships@tara.nsw.edu.au

Academic scholarships are open to both current students and external applicants. Candidates are asked to apply with a scholarship portfolio outlining their achievements and involvement in areas such as sport, cultural activities, leadership and service. These details will be considered in conjunction with the results of the Edutest academic testing. 

To be eligible for the Year 7 Music Scholarship candidates must have achieved one of the following:

  • Piano: Grade 6 or above (AMEB, Trinity or equivalent examination)
  • Oboe, bassoon, viola, double bass, French horn, trombone, tuba, percussion or voice at a sufficiently high standard (AMEB, Trinity or equivalent)
  • All Other Instruments: Grade 5 or above (AMEB, Trinity or equivalent)

Successful candidates will be expected to participate fully in the musical life of Tara, including performing in appropriate musical ensembles. Students will be expected to study music through to Year 12.

The Tara Foundation (means tested) Scholarships are open to both current students and external applicants. This scholarship is for candidates not otherwise able to attend Tara for financial reasons and is means tested. 

Tara Anglican School for Girls was established in 1897 as a boarding school in Parramatta. Regional boarding scholarships reflect Tara’s continuing commitment to providing outstanding educational opportunities for girls from rural areas within Australia. The Tara Boarding Scholarships are open to external boarding applicants from regional areas outside of Sydney. Families must demonstrate they are from a rural or regional area outside Sydney and within Australia via proof of their home address. Candidates are asked to apply with a scholarship portfolio, outlining their commitment to and high achievement in at least one area such as sport, cultural activities, leadership and service. 

For more information, please contact the Enrolments and Scholarships Office on (02) 9630 6655.