Pymble Ladies’ College offers AIEF Scholarships for boarding students.
2021 marked the 14th year of our Indigenous Scholarship Program (ISP), 11 of which have been in partnership with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF). The program continues to thrive, supported by the Pymble Ladies’ College (Pymble) community which recognises and appreciates the inestimable value of Indigenous and non-Indigenous girls sharing an educational opportunity to leave the College as influential and compassionate young women who contribute meaningfully to their local and global communities.
Pymble’s new Strategic Direction for 2021-2030, ‘Watch Us Change the World’, focuses on building our students’ academic, emotional, social and digital intelligences. The social intelligence pillar in particular speaks directly of our ongoing commitment to embracing ‘Diversity as the path to unity’ by listening to and learning from people of all backgrounds, including our First Nations Australians. Strategic intents stemming from this pillar include sharing stories of culture and diversity and embedding Indigenous Australian perspectives into the curriculum and classroom practices to foster a richer, deeper understanding and respect for Australia’s history and culture and an enhanced experience for all students.
In 2021, there were 21 First Nations students on AIEF Scholarships at Pymble. Four Year 12 scholars completed their Higher School Certificate at the end of the year with the intention to study at tertiary level:
Supporting our scholars through Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic and long period of online learning during our extended lockdown has been a challenge for all students this year. Pymble took steps to support our girls and their families in the following ways:
Post-lockdown return to campus
New scholars in 2022
Three new First Nations scholars will be joining the College in 2022. The girls hail from Dubbo, Wee Waa and Walgett and will be joining Years 7 (two students) and 10.
All candidates went through an online interview process and will participate in a Student Induction (with Boarding) experience in the last week of Term 4.
Building our culture
The College has made significant advancements towards growing our social intelligence and cultural fluency in relation to First Nations people, perspective and history, including:
In a year interrupted by an extended lockdown and a term-and-a-half of remote online learning, our First Nations scholars continued to make the most of every opportunity to try new learning experiences and to share their culture with our College community. We are proud of each girls’ individual progress as well as their growth as proud First Nations people who enhance the lives and knowledge of our College family and the Boarding community.
In 2021, AIEF Scholarship Students at Pymble Ladies’ College were spread across Years 7 to 12.
In 2021, the 22 Indigenous students enrolled at Pymble Ladies’ College were representative of 1.4% of the total population of 1530 students.
In 2021, AIEF supported 21 students at Pymble Ladies’ College.
In 2021, the retention and Year 12 completion rate at Pymble Ladies’ College was 95%.
Note: Attrition rates do not imply underperformance as students may leave a school for a variety of reasons including changes in personal circumstances such as family relocation interstate, personal or family health issues, or moving to a school that is more suited to the needs of the student.