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Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School

Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School

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Scholarships and awards

Our students can take advantage of several scholarship and award opportunities.

Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School

Student Award System

The Student Award System has been implemented to recognise student participation, to celebrate student ahievement and to encourage ongoing commitment. 

 Internal awards     

The following list of Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School

Awards may be presented to students at different times of the year. 

Celebration of Success Awards

  • Awarded each term during the year in recognition of:
  • Commintment
  • Outstanding effort, application, improvement, committment and study effort
  • Excellent project and course work

Service Awards

Awarded at anytime during the year to students who participate in:

• special events, e.g. Open Day

• Presentation Day

• lesson days and travelling long distances to attend

Student of the Week Awards 

  • Awarded weekly from teacher nomination.
  • Students who have distinguished themselves within school
  • Distinguished themselves in the wider community while representing the school

Achievment Award

Awarded at the end of Term 3 for Year 12 students and during Term 4 for Year 9- 11 students in recognition of academic acievement of students who: 

  •  achieve marks in the top band (based on total mark for the year)
  • receive a First/Second/Third place in course, provided their mark is in the top band

1 st - 2nd - 3rd Place in Course Award

Presented to students at Presentation night.

Awarded in recognition of academic excellence to students who achieve the top mark in the class (based on total marks for the year) and for the number of students per course as below:

  • Up to 5 students in course - 1 st place only
  • 6-20 students in course - 1 st and 2nd places
  • more than 21 students - 1 st, 2nd and 3rd places

Principal's Award

Presented to students at Northmead Creative and Performing Ars High School Presentation Day.

Awarded at Principal's discretion to student who fulfil requirements such as:

  • academic achievement
  • commitment to studies
  • participation in Northmead CAPA High School activities
  • exceptional circumstances
  • scholarship winners
  • service Awards

External awards

The following awards are presented to the final year students at Presentation Day  who fulfil the awards' requirements.

Ampol Best All-Rounder Award

  • Academic - achieves scholastically across a range of subjects
  • Attitude - willing to help others; makes selfless contributions
  • Personal Conduct - exemplary at all times
  • Leadership - is a role model for other students
  • Service - participates fully in school and community activities
  • Sporting - represents the school without necessarily being a champion.

Long Tan Leadership & Teamwork Award

This award is presented to students who meet the criteria based on the values upheld by the Australian Defence Force and developed in conjunction with Australian schools and the wider community. 

This award recognises students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader community and who display strong values such as doing one's best, respect for others and mateship, that are integral to Australian society. 

The awards are open to students enrolled in Years 10 and 12. For more information visit

Reuben F. Scarf Awards 

This award is presented at Presentation Day or posted to schools for home school Presentation Days to students who fulfil the following requirements as suggested by the Reuben F. Scarf Memorial Foundation.

  • commitment
  • leadership

Zonta Club of Sydney Hills Award

 Zonta, established almost 100 years ago, is a leading global organization making a difference in the lives of young girls and women through service and advocacy. Members of The Zonta Club of Sydney Hills volunteer their time and talents fundraising to support and encourage young girls in STEM subjects, Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics. This year The Zonta Club of Sydney Hills are presenting an award for the Most Improved Year 10 Female Student in Science.

State Member for Parramatta Award for Effort

This award is for a student who is generally acknowledged across their school for genuine efforts, perseverance and determination in all aspects of study.

School Captains’ Prize

Each year we recognise the leadership and efforts of our School Captains. They represent the School at many functions both within school and in the wider community. As members of the Student Representative Council, the Captains advocated for students, causes and change, managing to obtain many concessions for the School as a whole. Their individuality and strong leadership gave them a uniqueness for which they are well known and admired.

Principal’s Encouragement Award in Creative & Performing Arts

These awards are presented to a student who has exhibited outstanding commitment to the arts.

Volunteering Award

This award is presented to a student who consistently demonstrates their dedication and Commitment to volunteering and their sense of community. We acknowledge this student and their efforts in going above and beyond their expectations not only within the school environment but also the wider community.

SRC Award for Leadership

The Student Representative Council is a very important part of school life at Northmead CAPA High School. Students meet weekly to discuss a range of initiatives and proposals, with the goal of representing the student voice and making a difference in the school community. The SRC coordinates and runs events, fundraisers and awareness campaigns.

The Year 12 Endeavour Prize

 The Year 12 Endeavour Prize goes to the student who best embodies the School motto ‘Whatever I do, I will do to the best of my ability’, that is Success through Diligence.

The Year 7 Endeavour Prize

In continuing the theme, ‘Whatever I do, I will do to the best of my ability’, a special Endeavour Prize is also made available to our newest group of students, Year 7.

Pioneer Shield Award

This is an annual award to a student who displays outstanding effort in energising or participating in extracurricular activity.

The Rotary Scholarships

Rotary Scholarships are awarded to deserving students and are designed to recognise and assist students to continue their studies into the Senior School. We thank The Rotary Club of Hills – Parramatta which has made these scholarships available. 

The P&C Prize for Consistent Application

The Parents & Citizens group meets once a term and enthusiastically supports the School in its initiatives. The organization annually donates a prize in recognition of Consistent Application and Academic Excellence.

The P&C Award for Academic Excellence

The P&C also recognises academic achievement.

The P&C Award for School Promotion and Community Involvement

This award is presented to a student who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to supporting and promoting our school and students in the local and wider community.

The Multicultural Person of the Year Award

is given to a senior student who has overcome numerous hardships to achieve success. This year’s award recipient is well known as a dedicated student and an enthusiastic Multicultural Committee member with a bright and happy disposition.

Bunji Recognition Award

This award is to acknowledge the First Nations students who contribute to our school, raising our awareness of our nation’s history and culture, keeping in touch with all our histories, past, present and the future.

The Year 7 Writing Award

is for outstanding creative writing for a variety of audiences and purposes.

The Lions Citizenship Award

This award recognises students who have displayed outstanding citizenship and community service. 

Northmead CAPA High School Citizenship Award

Northmead CAPA High School acknowledges and values the importance of developing responsible involved citizens, who treat their peers with respect and have a genuine desire for advancing the interests and concern of their community, that is to give a collective voice for change.

Team of the Year

The student Team of the Year award recognises the most successful student team.

Sport Awards

Two awards are presented annually recognising outstanding talent, commitment and achievement in sport. The Doyle-Henning Award is in recognition of Sportsman of the Year, and the Henning-Tyler-Watson Award recognises our Sportswoman of the Year.

Premier’s Reading Challenge Platinum Award

The Premier’s Reading Challenge Platinum Awards are received by students who have completed 7 successful years of reading in this challenge.

Premier’s Reading Challenge Gold Award

Premier’s Reading Challenge Gold Awards are received by students who have completed 4 successful years of reading in this challenge.

Premier’s Reading Challenge Medal

Premier’s Reading Challenge Medals are received by students who have outstanding commitment to reading and have completed multiple years of the challenge.

NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge

This award goes to a student who has excelled in sport throughout the year.

The Premier’s Respect Awards

This award represents the first time that all the educational sectors in NSW will come together to celebrate respect in our schools and is awarded to the student who best exemplifies respectful behaviour. We acknowledge and recognise those students who stand out for their commitment to respectful behaviour, inclusiveness and community-mindedness.


NSW School Nanga Mai Awards

The Nanga Mai Awards are an annual event organised by Aboriginal Education and Communities Directorate. The awards recognise and celebrate innovation, excellence and educational achievement in Aboriginal education in NSW public schools, school communities and department directorates.

Premier’s Spelling Bee

The Premier’s Spelling Bee is an annual competition that encourages primary school students in Years 3 to 6 to develop their spelling skills in a fun and educational way. Students are selected at school level to take part in regional finals. Regional winners then compete in the state final.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

This Premier’s Reading Challenge encourages students from Kindergarten to Year 9 to develop a love of reading and plays an important role in developing literacy.

Premier’s Debating Challenge

The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to students from Year 5 to 12. Teams compete in a round robin series of debates against other schools. The winners go on to compete at regional and state level to determine the eventual state champion.

Public speaking competitions

The Arts Unit offers public speaking competitions for NSW school students. Each competition is a great opportunity for students to develop their speech-writing and presentation skills while representing their schools in a state-wide competition.

Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarships

The Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarships are an opportunity to visit significant overseas sites associated with Australia’s participation in war for Years 10 and 11 students in selected schools.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Australia

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