Scholarships & awards

Students are encouraged to strive for excellence in classes and to participate in extra curricular activities and competitions within and beyond the school. The St Ives High School award system acknowledges student effort and achievement within the school and is based on merit certificates that are awarded in five categories:
  • Academic
  • Effort
  • Sport
  • School Services
  • Community Services
Students may seek higher awards by placing their accumulated merit certificates into the Merit Box located in the Office.
Higher awards include:
  • Certificate of Achievement (6 merits including at least one for Effort and either School or Community Services)
  • Certificate of Excellence (18 merits including one merit from each category)
  • Medal of Excellence (36 merits including two merits from each category)
  • Medal of Distinction (54 merits including three merits from each category)
  • Medal of Honour (108 merits including six merits from each category)

Read more about different scholarships and awards.

NSW School Nanga Mai Awards

These awards are presented to Aboriginal students, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff, school regions, schools and community members across several categories. They highlight and celebrate excellence and achievement in Aboriginal education in NSW Public Schools.

Premier's reading challenge

This popular challenge encourages students from Kindergarten to Year 9 to develop a love of reading and plays an important role in developing literacy.

Premier's ANZAC Memorial Scholarships

Opportunities for selected secondary students to visit significant overseas sites associated with Australia's participation in wars, who will be in Years 10 or 11 at the time of travel.

Duke of Edinburgh's award

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

Teaching scholarships

Up to 300 scholarships are available for talented students to train as teachers in secondary maths, science (physics) or English, and in special education.

Australian student prize

Excellence and achievement in high school is recognised by this Commonwealth government award.

HSC Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students

Scholarships are awarded to students to study to be primary and high school teachers.

Gallipoli scholarships

Four scholarships are awarded each year to descendants of WWI and WWII veterans to help finance the first year of a degree course in a NSW or ACT University.

United World College scholarships

These are available to students in Years 11 and 12 to enable young people to spend two years in one of the United World College's 12 overseas campuses.

Medical and health careers scholarships

The NSW Rural Doctors Network offers scholarships for students interested in having rural experience as part of their studies.