Hilltop Road 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.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award 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.

Our award system 

At Hilltop Road Public School, students are rewarded for following the school rules and values.

Merit awards

Merits are awarded to students who display positive behaviours in the classroom and playground. The students can collect a variety of merits:

  • a coloured merit award worth 1 merit point.
  • Key Learning Area (KLA) award given at assembly worth 5 merit points.
  • citizenship award given at assembly worth 10 merit points.

Once students collect a total of 30 merit points, they are awarded with a Principal's Award and attend the principal's morning tea. If students reach 50 merit points they receive a howie pin. This is a prestige award of our school mascot. Students can continue to receive merits for the principal's medallion which is awarded to the child in each grade who has received the most merits for the year. 

Gotcha rewards

Students can receive a ‘gotcha’ reward for following school rules and values in the classroom and in the playground. The student places their gotcha with their name on it, into a gotcha box. Each week one gotcha is chosen from the box and this student receives and ice block.

Class awards

Class awards are given out at assemblies. These awards are given by teachers of computers, release from face-to-face (RFF) and library. Each class award is worth one point which goes towards the end of year class BBQ. When a class reaches 10 points they have achieved their reward of a class bbq.