Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to submit alongside my application?

  • A recent head and shoulders photograph of the applicant (this does not need to be professionally taken)
  • A full recent school report
  • A cover letter written by the applicant/family of the applicant (see FAQ on what should I include in my cover letter)
  • A reference letter (See FAQ on who can write the reference letter and what should they include?)
  • A copy of the applicants New Zealand Birth Certificate or current passport showing New Zealand Permanent Residency or Citizenship
  • Copies of any Specialist Reports (e.g. Educational Psychologists’ reports)
  • Copies of all supporting documents (certificates, awards, etc)

What should I include in my cover letter?

  • An A4 page cover letter should accompany the application stating the reasons for applying for the bursary.
  • It is important to focus on how the applicant demonstrates the Wellesley values currently in his school, sporting, cultural, recreational, religious or home life
  • With what you know about Wellesley, how might the applicant have the opportunity to embrace the school’s values during his time at Wellesley?
  • What are the applicant’s aspirations?
  • How does the applicant show promise to ‘live the Wellesley values at the school?

Who can write the reference letter for me and what should they include?

  • It needs to be written by someone who is not a family member or your class teacher. It could be your extra-mural coach, a Pastor/Vicar/Youth Leader, Scout or Brownie/Guide leader or a family friend. It should be someone who has known you for some time and has seen you in situations outside of the family/school.
  • The reference letter should focus on how the applicant already demonstrated and how they show promising of living the Wellesley values.

How do I know my application has been submitted?

  • Email submissions will receive a confirmation email in reply, while submissions made to the office will need to be accepted in person.

What do I need to prepare for the interview?

  • You cannot prepare for the interview, come willing to share your passion and who you are. You are welcome to attend in either uniform or casual clothing as you feel comfortable.

What if I cannot make the interview slot that I have been allocated?

  • Please contact the school as soon as you receive your interview time and date, we will try and arrange an alternative option. If you are unable to make any of the options we provide, you will forfeit your opportunity for interview.

How will I know whether I have been successful or not?

  • All candidates whether successful or unsuccessful will be notified by email in Term 4.

What is covered by the Bursary?

See Terms and Conditions