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Winmalee High School

Winmalee High School

A positive education and positive behaviour for learning 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.

Winmalee Medal

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The school aims to give high recognition to students who display commitment. We value extensive participation in curricular and extra-curricular activities.

The Winmalee Medal recognises a student's holistic achievements in a balanced and progressive framework.

To receive an award a student needs to earn eight credits in at least four of the following categories with a maximum of three credits per category. This encourages students to become involved in a variety of areas of school life in any academic year:

1. Academic Excellence / Merit Program
2. Leadership
3. Community Service
4. Creative and Performing Arts
5. Sports Representation
6. Other

There are five steps in the award:

The first step is the certificate of “Achievement 1”
The second step is the certificate of “Achievement 2”
The third step is the certificate of “Achievement 3”
The fourth step is the “Winmalee Medal”
The final step is the “Principal's Medal”

Please note the following:

Where the contribution is outstanding, significant or over an extended period of time the student may ask the Winmalee Medal Coordinator for it to be acknowledged as two credits.

Each step must be achieved in an academic year.

There is no limit to how many steps that can be achieved in each year.

Students should maintain their own record signed, dated and stamped by the teacher in charge. Winmalee Medal booklets are available from the School's Office, Year Advisers or Winmalee Medal Coordinating Teacher.

When the credit record is completed, students present it to their Year Adviser and then to the Winmalee Medal Coordinating Teacher. Credits within each category require a minimum of 85% attendance and participation in all aspects of preparation and performance. Participation should be enthusiastic and co-operative. The Credits Committee or Principal will consider any applications by students for activities not included in this document. To receive eight credits, a student must be involved in at least four areas of school life. Some activities have a value of two credits.

More detailed information regarding eligibility for credits can be found in the Winmalee Medal Booklet.

Merits and Goldie Award Program

Students at Winmalee High School are encouraged to reach their maximum through processes that emphasise positive recognition of quality work and significant achievement. There are four levels of awards beginning with Bronze, Silver, then Gold and the highest level, Platinum. Teachers award merit certificates or ‘goldies’ to students at class or faculty level. 


Five of these awards qualify a student for a school Bronze award, 25 for a Silver award, 50 for a Gold award and 100 for a Platinum award. A combination of merits and ‘goldies’ can be used with no more than two ‘goldies’ comprising any five awards. This might be five merits, four merits and one goldie, or three merits and two goldies.


Awards are provided by teachers in such areas that may include:

  • special or exceptional effort in class
  • improvement in class
  • Improvement in attitude towards work
  • outstanding effort in some aspect of school activity (e.g. debate, sport performance)
  • outstanding effort in a class project
  • a high place in a class test or exam
  • work experience
  • school service (e.g. library/canteen)
  • community service
  • representing the school
  • best and fairest at sport

Year advisers are responsible for collecting information from students as they move up the levels of recognition. It is within the grasp of all students to achieve gold level during their period in high school. Names of students who have achieved gold and platinum levels are displayed in the school foyer.