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.

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.

Application timeline for 2021

Applications from: Friday, 25th October 2019

Applications Close:  4pm Friday, 7th February 2020

Invitation for Test Sent:  Wednesday, 12th February

Academic Test Date:  Monday, 24th February

Places Offered:  Week commencing Monday, 2nd March

 

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