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Arcadia Public 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.

Arcadia awards program

House points

At Arcadia Public School we have a K-6 Awards System which fosters cohesiveness between groups (houses) and acknowledges individual effort and achievement.This reward system operates in the playground and sports lessons and events. Teachers issue house points recognising and encouraging students’ successful practice of expectations. This promotes a team spirit as it is a group reward. Students place their house points into a house box and sports house captains tally the points fortnightly. The winning house is announced at the fortnightly whole school assembly. At the end of each term the winning house has a sausage sizzle. This is a social, celebratory event.

Merit Certificates

Merit Certificates are presented at assembly each fortnight in recognition of student effort and achievement in learning.

Values Awards

These awards are linked to the school-wide ‘Bounce Back’ student well-being and resilience program. One student from each class is recognised at assembly for their understanding and demonstration of the ‘Bounce Back’ concepts.

The core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, cooperation, friendliness and support are on display each day in our school.