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The Peninsula School offers full scholarships for students entering Grade 5 annually. Examinations are held in the February of candidates’ Grade 4 year.

Applications for the 2015 Scholarships have now closed.  Applications for 2016 entry will open in Term 4, 2014.

Scholarship Selection Testing (SST) is conducted on our behalf by ACER, The Australian Council for Educational Research, a well-known, independent, national research and development organization. ACER currently conducts scholarship testing of many thousands of students across Australia.

The Scholarships

We offer two types of scholarships – Academic and General Excellence.

Academic Scholarships are awarded to the students who perform best on the examination.

General Excellence Scholarships are awarded to students who do well on the examination and who can demonstrate excellence in areas such as Sport, Music, Drama, etc. Evidence of achievement will be required from those students who are invited for General Excellence interviews after the awarding of Academic Scholarships is completed.

General Conditions

•    The Principal may, at his discretion, decide not to award any or all of the scholarships, in the event of applicants failing to reach a satisfactory standard at the examination.  

•    The Principal can terminate a scholarship at any time if he is not satisfied with the holder’s conduct or progress.

•    Scholarships are tenable throughout a student’s time at the school, and it is expected that scholarship holders will remain at the school until they complete VCE, unless there are extraordinary circumstances.  

•    The number of scholarships and the level of fee remission may vary, but in general a 50% remission of tuition fees is applicable for Academic Scholarships. General Excellence Scholarships normally attract up to 30% remission.  Please note that a registration fee and non-refundable entry fee will be payable for new students entering The Peninsula School.

•    A scholarship holder is required to give a lead in the academic life of the school, an undivided loyalty to the school, and to participate fully in school activities.

The Examination

The examination will include a test of general reasoning, spelling, reading comprehension, written expression and maths. These tests have been intentionally selected to be appropriate and non-threatening for this age group. Most students find that the testing is challenging but not traumatising, and many even find the experience enjoyable!

ACER publishes a number of guides to assist candidates prepare for scholarship testing. These are available from ACER directly at

We usually receive results from ACER approximately two weeks after the exam. However, it takes an additional four weeks for the scholarship process to be finalized by the School and parents should rest assured that they WILL be contacted with regard to their child’s performance in the exam. The School will provide a written report of each child’s examination results to parents.

The School’s decision as to the number of Scholarships offered, and to whom, is final. No correspondence will be entered into with parents of children who are not awarded a Scholarship or a Scholarship interview.  The School’s enrolment policies and requirements will be taken into account in awarding scholarships.

General Information

•    Refer to ACER’s policies regarding refunds.

•    Please do not submit supporting documentation with your application, either to ACER or to the School. If a student is being considered for a scholarship, further information will be requested at that time.

To submit your application

Online applications for Scholarships commencing in 2016 will open during Term 4 via the School website.

The Examination

The examination comprises four separate sub-tests:

•    Written Expression – 25 minutes
•    Humanities – 40 minutes
•    Mathematics – 40 minutes
•    Written Expression – 25 minutes

For further information regarding the structure of the test, please refer to the ACER website.


Parents wishing to view the School are invited to contact our Admissions Office, who welcome enquiries at any time and will be happy to arrange personal tours for families. Telephone (03) 9788 7753 or email

our golden jubilee celebrations

All members of our community - past, present and future - were invited to join us as we celebrated fifty years of outstanding education on the Mornington Peninsula. We had a host of celebratory Golden Jubilee events in 2011. 



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