Hunters Hill High School

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Scholarships and awards

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

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.

Duke of Edinburgh

Hunters Hill High School students in Years 9 to 12 can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme as an extra-curricular activity.

The Duke of Edinburgh's award is a flexible, interesting and fun-packed program for all young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to participate in a number of activities over a set length of time. It is entirely voluntary and is structured so the participants can design their own unique program centred on their interests and passions.

Students nominate goals and challenges in 4 areas: physical recreation, skill, volunteering and adventurous journeys and document their regular participation in these chosen areas over a period of three to twelve months.

The Duke of Edinburgh's award is about setting goals. These goals are realised with persistence, determination and resilience and will see the student become better prepared for life's challenges in the future. Find out more at the Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme website. Registration fees range from $125 to $145 per student.

The following are the minimum time requirements for each section of the award:


  • physical education – 3 months
  • skill – 3 months
  • service (volunteering) – 3 months
  • adventurous journey – 2 days and 1 night
  • residential project – not applicable
  • minimum age to start – 14 years old.


  • physical education – 6 months
  • skill – 6 months
  • serviced (volunteering) – 6 months
  • adventurous journey – 3 days and 2 nights
  • residential project – not applicable
  • minimum age to start – 15 years old.


  • physical recreation – 12 months
  • skill – 12 months
  • service (volunteering) – 12 months
  • adventurous journey – 4 days and 3 nights
  • residential project – 5 days and 4 nights
  • minimum age to start – 16 years old.