Gifted and Talented Programme
We ensure gifted students are supported and appropriately challenged to develop their natural gifting into talents.
Secondary GATE Programme and Academic Scholarships
2021 applications now open!
We ensure that gifted and high achieving students are appropriately challenged and prepared for the future. Students who receive an Academic Scholarship will automatically be granted entrance into the Gifted and Talented Programme. Students selected into the Programme will be placed alongside their peers who share similar abilities and capabilities for learning.
In an encouraging environment, students will develop a love of learning, a growth mindset and resilience to respond to many challenges that life may throw at them in the future. Students will develop skills of leadership, critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, and other 21st Century skills that are essential for success in the contemporary global economy.
The Programme offers opportunities for:
- Placement into the top stream classes for their areas of exceptionality where programmes have been tailored to build in more collaboration, problem based and project based learning.
- Partnerships with Universities and Industry.
- Participation in projects that respond to student interests, engaging them in diverse areas of study, such as Sustainability, Engineering, Physics, Social Justice, the Arts, Coding and Environmental Science.
- Participation in a wide range of co-curricular extension opportunities, including the Australian Young Physicists' Tournament, Western Australia Debating League, Synergy Solar Car Challenge, WA Schools Hackathon, the Talented Young Writers' Programme, Tournament of the Minds, and various other national and international initiatives.
Entrance to the Programme
Entrance to the Secondary GATE programme is selective, and offers are awarded on the basis of performance in the Higher Abilities Selective Test (HAST) and other supporting evidence submitted in the application process that demonstrates giftedness. The HAST testing instrument has been created by the Australian Council for Educational Research and is used by over 100 Secondary schools across Australia and internationally.
Testing will be done on Monday, 29th June 2020 (TBC), and students who will be in Year 7 to 10 in 2021 are invited to apply. Students currently in Year 4 and 5 should notify the school of their intention to apply to ensure they don't miss the application deadline in Year 6.
Academic Scholarships are selective and highly competitive. These scholarships will only be based on the results of the HAST test. The continuation of scholarships relies on the students good behavior and academic progress. Scholarship recipients will be reviewed annually.
How to Apply
Application timeline for 2021
Applications Open: NOW
Applications Close: Friday, 5th June 2020
Academic Test Date: Monday, 29th June 2020 (TBC)
Interviews: Monday, 27th July 2020 (TBC)
Example of GATE initiatives by our students:
On Friday the 25th of October, our Secondary GATE students launched their Waste Warriors Initiative at the Primary Assembly.
They announced the commencement of a four week competition, encouraging families to reduce the amount of packaging and single-use plastics in student lunchboxes. Over the next four weeks, the Waste Warrior will visit classes of students in Years 3 to 6. Students who ‘opt in’ to the competition will be awarded stars on the basis of how little waste they bring to school.
The winning student will earn a ‘zero waste lunch pack’, including a bento lunch box, steel drink bottle and wax wraps. The top 3 students will also earn a pizza lunch, and all students who participate will win a prize.
For those who would like to reduce their reliance on plastic wrap, the students have created wax wraps in a variety of colourful designs. These can be purchased from College reception until the end of term.
Students launched their own website, which feature lots of advice for families on how to pack low waste lunches. Click on https://rfaw99.wixsite.com/scbc