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JJ Pollock Science Scholarship

The JJ Pollock Undergraduate Science Scholarship was established in 2010 to commemorate Jack Pollock's extraordinary contribution to science education at Sir Joseph Banks High School during his 22 years as science master at the school between 1963 and 1985. This scholarship is an academic merit based scholarship of $5000 split over the first two years of study in a tertiary science course.

The scholarship aims to assist a selected meritorious student who has registered in a tertiary science course in the year following their HSC at Sir Joseph Banks High School.

Its objective is to promote the continued lifelong study of science related subjects by gifted students from Sir Joseph Banks High School.


The JJ Pollock Undergraduate Science Scholarship is only available to students who completed their HSC course of study at Sir Joseph Banks High School.

In order to be considered for the scholarship, the Sir Joseph Banks High School graduate must enrol as a full-time student registered at an accredited post-secondary institution in Australia in the first semester of the year after their HSC and whose course of study is related to the study of science.

The staff, parents and students at Sir Joseph Banks High School wish to express their deep appreciation to the family of JJ Pollock for their contribution to the establishment of a fund to support the awarding of the scholarship in perpetuity. 

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 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.