Strong boarding presence at Kincoppal-Rose Bay

Kincoppal scholarships create great opportunities

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Kincoppal-Rose Bay School's Maureen Ryan, Lucy Scott, Fiona Martin, Alison Stephen and Lyn Gearing.

Kincoppal-Rose Bay School's Maureen Ryan, Lucy Scott, Fiona Martin, Alison Stephen and Lyn Gearing.

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The boarding tradition at Kincoppal Rose Bay dates back to Rose Bay Convent in 1882 and now sees one third of senior school students boarding.

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Kincoppal-Rose Bay School (KRB) has a welcoming boarding community for girls in Years 7 to 12, many of whom have benefited from scholarships and bursaries since the school started.

Principal of KRB, Maureen Ryan said the boarding tradition dates back to Rose Bay Convent in 1882 and today, one third of senior school students are boarders.

“Scholarship and bursary recipients have a strong presence in our school life and excel academically, in sports and in leadership initiatives,” Ms Ryan said.

“The generosity of the community has significantly increased KRB’s bursaries and scholarships each year.”

KRB is offering three opportunities for students entering Year 10 and 11 who would not be able to attend without assistance, covering full boarding and tuition.

These are available to students from regional NSW and, in the case of the Dunphy Foundation Sister Philomene Tiernan RSCJ Bursary, students from regional Queensland as well.

Denise Dunphy attended Rose Bay Convent from 1960 to 1965, and several of her family are alumnae of Rose Bay and KRB.

Denise met Sister Philomene Tiernan at Rose Bay and developed a strong friendship.

Sister Tiernan died in the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 tragedy and the bursary honours her memory.

Georgia Tooth, formerly of Moree and now of Port Macquarie, is a recipient of the bursary.

“Sister Tiernan’s story, and the opportunity I have been given through this bursary, has inspired me to achieve,” she said.

Margaret Kirkpatrick, who grew up on a property near Mungindi, NSW, started at Rose Bay as a boarder at the age of eight and was Head Girl in her final year.

Lucy Scott, from Temora, is a recipient of the scholarship and praised the school’s learning opportunities.

“KRB has allowed me to become an independent woman and has given me so many academic and co-curricular opportunities that I never would have been exposed to if I continued my schooling back at home,” she said.

Alison Stephen, 98, graduated from Rose Bay in 1938 as Dux, a First Medallion recipient and Head Girl.

She studied psychology at the University of Sydney and was one of the first women appointed to the position of assistant secretary of the Department of Labour and National Service.

She endowed KRB’s Alison Stephen Scholarship.

Fiona Martin of Boambee thanked Alison for her generosity in endowing the scholarship. 

“I will be forever grateful for the opportunities that Alison Stephen and the KRB community has provided me with,” Fiona said.

KRB boarders grow together on the harbourside campus.

Lucy Scott relates the bond she has with fellow boarders.

“Boarding has allowed me to meet a diverse range of people and make best friends that will be my sisters for life,” Lucy said.

Applications close at the end of January.

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