Applications for Years 8 to 12 entries to this high school in 2015 are invited from 24 June 2014.
Application forms will be available from our school or can be downloaded from the High Performing Students Unit website http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/learning/7-12assessments/selective8_12.php from 24 June 2014.
Applications and payment must be received by 29 July 2014. No late applications will be accepted.
Students must compete academically with all other candidates for entry to Girraween High School.
In determining academic merit, the selection committee will consider:
- the results of the entry test
- the application with its supporting documentation
- any other information supplied by the candidate
In exceptional circumstances any student unable to sit the entry test may still apply with supporting documentation and the application will be considered. An administration fee of $40 will be payable.
Traditionally, only a few places become available at Girraween High School in Years 8–10.
In Year 11 a new class is formed enabling 20 new students to be enrolled. It is highly unusual for a place to become available in Year 12 and will only be considered if a place becomes available before Term 4 the previous year.
You are entitled to apply for entry up to a maximum of 4 selective high schools. Each high school must receive their own application form and the order of preference must be listed the same on all application forms. If the test date is the same, the student is to sit the test at their first preference school.
Girraween High School shares results with North Sydney Girls, Hornsby Girls and Manly Selective High Schools.
Note: Students CANNOT automatically transfer between selective high schools. If a student is already enrolled at one selective high school and wants to go to another, the parents must fill out an application form for entry and lodge it directly with the selective high school they want their child to attend and follow their application procedures.
For details of our school’s enrolment policy please click here.
1. The Application Forms are available 24 June 2014 from:
- the Front Office at Girraween High School
- any selective high school
- the DEC High Performing Students Unit
2. Follow the instructions to complete the application form and attach relevant supporting documents, including:
- Photocopies of the student’s last two school reports eg. 2014 Half Yearly report (if not available by due date, please post, fax or email to the school asap) and 2013 End of Year Report
- Photocopies of NAPLAN results
- Photocopies of the student’s achievements in other activities that may support the application. This might include activities such as music, debating, sport and drama
3. Hand deliver or post the completed application form with payment of $100 to Girraween High School. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, MasterCard or Visa. Cheques are to be made payable to Girraween High School.
4. Students will be required to sit for the Higher Ability Selection Test (HAST) on Saturday 9th August 2014 commencing 9am.
The test focuses on Reading Comprehension, Written Expression, Mathematical Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning.
For information regarding the test, for example
- what the candidate should bring on the day
- how to use the OMR answer sheet
- test taking tips
- descriptions of each of the tests
- and sample items
please download a copy of the Candidate Information Bulletin here http://www.acer.edu.au/files/HAST_CIB_2014_4_Test_R_W_M_A.pdf
A HAST Sample Question Booklet has been developed in response to candidates wanting to know what the actual test is like. Students interested in purchasing this Question Booklet, which is suitable for Years 7 & 8, please visit http://www.acer.edu.au/tests/hast-secondary/hast-sample-question-booklet or click on the following link for the order form https://shop.acer.edu.au/acer-shop/product/A100HAS.
There is no specific sample question booklet for Years 9 - 11; however ACER bookshop has advised us that the ACER Scholarship exam is very similar to HAST is an option. https://shop.acer.edu.au/acer-shop/group/AST. The ‘Sample Collection of Questions Vol 2’ booklet includes a section for Junior, Middle and Senior Secondary levels however they do not include Abstract Reasoning.
For further information about these tests please contact ACER
Phone: 1800 338 402
03 9277 5447
Fax: 03 9277 5499
General Information For All Candidates 8 - 11
Photograph Identification of the candidate must be presented at the time of the examination.
The administration fee pays for the setting and marking of the test by ACER and for the supervision on the day.
The student's performance in the test and the written application will be considered by the selection committee and will determine the applicant's placement on a short waiting list for enrolment.
(NB. At Girraween High School, few vacancies occur in Years 8 -10.) Parents and students need to be aware that placement on the waiting list is not a guarantee of enrolment.
Applicants will be informed in writing of the outcome of their application and interviews will be held in term 4 to confirm enrolment.
As vacancies become available, the Principal or representative may consider inviting applicants from the waiting list for interview. Originals of all documents submitted with the application are to be presented. The Principal will then determine if an offer is to be made.
Candidates are normally Australian citizens or holders of a visa granting permanent resident status in Australia. Information on Australian citizenship is available on the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs website at: www.citizenship.gov.au. Official evidence of Australian citizenship may be obtained by the issue of a Certificate of Evidence of Australian Citizenship.
Citizens of New Zealand who are permanently settled in Australia are eligible for entry. Permanent residents of New Zealand are treated in the same manner as temporary residents of Australia.
All successful applicants will be required to show original documentation such as a Certificate of Evidence of Australian Citizenship, birth certificates or visas before enrolment can be finalised by the school.
Offers or enrolments may be terminated if placement is made on the basis of false or misleading information.
Further details of residence requirements can be found at http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/learning/7-12assessments/ss_criteria.php
Proof of residence status (original documents) will be required before enrolment is confirmed.
|15 October 2013||Online application opens|
|22 October 2013||Paper application packages available in schools|
|18 November 2013||Paper applications returned to schools|
|18 November 2013||Application closes|
|27 February 2014||Test centre advice to parents|
|13 March 2014||Selective High School Placement Test|
|July 2014||Outcome advice|
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