Gifted and Talented Pathway

We ensure gifted students are supported and appropriately challenged to develop their natural gifting into talents.

Secondary Academic Programme and Scholarships

As well as extending students in core curriculum areas, our dedicated GATE programme involves students in ‘Project Based Learning’, allowing them to engage in their areas of passion in contexts outside the classroom.

In the process, students are encouraged to develop a love of learning. They are challenged to 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 includes:

  • Participation in projects that respond to student interests, engaging them in diverse areas of study, such as Sustainability, Engineering, Physics, Social Justice, Coding and Environmental Science.
  • Partnerships with universities and industry.
  • Involvement in a wide range of co-curricular extension opportunities, including the Australian Young Physicists’ Tournament, Western Australian Debating League, Synergy Solar Car Challenge, WA Schools Hackathon, the Talented Young Writers’ Programme 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. This instrument has been created by the Australian Council for Educational Research and is used by over 100 Secondary schools across Australia and internationally.

Testing is conducted in February each year. All students who will be in Years 7 to 10 in 2020 are invited to apply by Thursday, 25th September (see timeline below).

If your child is in Year 5 in 2019, you can also apply now for entry into Year 7 in 2021.

Scholarships

Scholarship examinations for entry into Year 7 are part of the selection process and are determined using the Higher Abilities Selective Test. The continuation of scholarships relies on the student’s good behavior and academic progress.

Full and partial GATE scholarships are available.

How to Apply

Application forms are available from Enrolments, who can be contacted via email at enrolments@scbc.wa.edu.au , by calling 9540 4401.

For more information regarding the programme, contact trimblej@scbc.wa.edu.au

Application timeline for 2020

Applications Close:  4pm Thursday , 25th September

Invitation for Test Sent:  Friday, 27th September

Academic Test Date:  Friday, 18th October

Places Offered:  Week commencing Monday, 4th November

Application timeline for 2021

Applications Close:  5pm Sunday 9th February 2020

Invitation for Test Sent:  Wednesday 12th February

Academic Test Date:  Monday 24th February

Places Offered:  Week commencing Monday 2nd March