Special Ability Scholarships
– Performing Arts
Applications for IGGS Special Ability Scholarships – Performing Arts are open to students entering Years 7 to 12 who demonstrate excellence in Performing Arts through exemplary dedication and willingness to commit to the School’s curricular and co-curricular Arts program. This scholarship represents up to 50% remission of tuition fees.
Read more about IGGS Performing Arts.
- Achievements, ability and potential to excel in the Performing Arts, as demonstrated by information, certificates and examiner reports provided in the portfolio.
- Musical and/or technical abilities, presentation and overall presentation at audition.
- Demonstrated talent and potential based on past achievements and performances.
- For vocalists – minimum Grade 2 AMEB (Years 7 to 10), minimum Grade 4 AMEB (Years 11 and 12), or equivalent.
- For instrumentalists – minimum Grade 3 AMEB (Years 7 to 10), and minimum Grade 5 AMEB (Years 11 and 12), or equivalent.
- For dance students – Years 7 to 9 students should show evidence of working towards a RAD Intermediate Foundation Ballet level and or a Grade 5 or equivalent in other styles (Gold in Tap). Years 10 to 12 should have a minimum of RAD Intermediate level and or a Grade 6 equivalent in other styles (Intermediate Gold in Tap).
- Strong academic achievement as noted in past school reports.
- High level of enthusiasm in and commitment to the IGGS Curricular and Co-Curricular Performing Arts program.
- Willingness to participate in Performing Arts-related activities and external activities which interest the applicant.
- Ability to comply with the School’s guidelines for appropriate behaviour, uniform and use of technology.
Conditions & Expectations
- Scholarships offered to students entering Years 7 to 10 are tenable until the end of Year 10, subject to review. Existing scholars are encouraged to re-apply (at the beginning of the Year 10 school year) to extend their scholarship through until the end of Year 12. This means that if the conditions of the Scholarship continue to be met, the student retains the Scholarship for the tenure or until she leaves IGGS. Scholarships are awarded based on merit and are not means tested.
- Students awarded a Performing Arts Scholarship on the merit of their music ability will be required to undertake classroom music studies from Years 9 to 12 and will maintain a B average in the subject.
- Students awarded a Performing Arts Scholarship on the merit of their drama ability will be required to undertake classroom drama studies from Years 9 to 12 and will maintain a B average in the subject.
- Students awarded a Performing Arts Scholarship on the merit of their dance ability will be required to take a leadership role within the co-curricular dance troupe from Years 9 to 12, and work with the curriculum dance teacher to facilitate dance workshops for the Middle School.
- Students awarded a Performing Arts Scholarship will be required to participate in at least two school-based ensembles, choirs, dance troupes and/or activities that are relevant to the instrument/ specialised field they have been given the scholarship for and will participate in all related IGGS competitions and performances.
- Music Scholarship students will also be required to participate in solo performance opportunities at IGGS and in the wider community as directed/ organised by the Director of Co-Curricular Arts.
- Music Scholarship students will be required to undertake weekly private tuition in their specialist area (instrumental or vocal).
- All scholarship recipients gain automatic entry to the Emerging Artists Program and are expected to attend weekly rehearsals.
- All Scholarship students will be required to meet with the Head of The Arts and Director of Co-Curricular Arts each semester to review their progress and to discuss how IGGS and the student can continue to help develop their creative abilities.
- Parents of scholarship recipients must actively support the School’s Music Art Dance and Drama (MADD) Supporters, a sub-group of the School’s Parents & Friends Association.
All applicants will be required to submit a portfolio, which must include the following details:
- Achievements in Performing Arts (Music, Drama and/or Dance) and current repertoire being studied.
- For musicians – the instrument they wish to be considered upon for the scholarship position.
- Certificate and examiner reports for AMEB, ABRSM or Trinity College Music examinations.
- Dance or Drama examiner reports.
- Performances and achievements in concerts, musical ensembles/choirs, eisteddfods and/or other relevant recognised competitions.
- Membership of youth orchestras, instrumental and vocal ensembles, performance troupes, State/ National Ensemble Programs, internships and work experience.
- At least one reference from a Performing Arts/Music teacher who attests to the student’s achievements and development of their skills. This is not required for Ipswich Junior Grammar School students continuing to Year 7 at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School.
- Applications for the 2024 school year will open in December 2022.
- Following completion of the online application form, please submit your portfolio of accomplishments to the Director of Enrolments and Community Relations, Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Shortlisted applicants will then be asked to attend an interview.
Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview and an audition on a set date in 2022 with the Head of The Arts and the Director of Co-Curricular Arts. Please note, all auditions will be recorded for scholarship review purposes only. At least one parent/guardian is requested to be present for the interview component. Parents/guardians will be asked to leave the room for the audition process.
The audition/interview will comprise of:
- A performance of two instrumental/vocal works/performances of a contrasting nature.
- For instrumental/vocal students who audition – performance of a selection of scales and technical work from the student’s current equivalent AMEB grade level and an aural test.
- Interview with student and parent/guardian.
The details of scholarship offers are confidential and must not be disclosed to third parties. The School will not negotiate the conditions or amount of a scholarship once a decision has been made.