Gifted and Talented Pathway (GATE)
Academic Excellence Scholarships

Applications for the 2023 Program are now closed


The Academic Excellence program aims to develop the 21st Century skills of critical thinking, creativity, communication, persuasion, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Carey’s GATE pathway provides gifted and talented students with a program designed to challenge and extend them to attain the highest levels of excellence. Recipients of this scholarship will have consistently demonstrated an excellent academic standard and potential in a number of areas, particularly in English, Humanities and/or the Arts.

Students will participate in a Year 7 program that offers variety, engagement and challenge. Carey has developed a GATE curriculum that is full of hands-on, innovative activities which are designed not only to engage the students, but also to encourage creativity and ways of learning that will benefit their later years of study.

The integration of these skills in real-world contexts will engage students in collaborative problem solving that will enhance their research, analytical, writing and reasoning skills. It is aimed at equipping students to successfully contribute to the rapidly changing and increasingly globalised society in which they live.

Achieving a Carey Academic Excellence scholarship gives students the confidence to pursue other goals. It is important for students to recognise their potential early in their academic career so that they can foster its growth. Participating in classes with other gifted and talented students motivates and extends them.

Features of the Program

The Academic Excellence program consists of one weekly session in class, and one weekly afternoon session collaborating with the Year 8 Academic Excellence class. This model allows for the development of individualised Year 7 academic skills, and a mentoring and collaborative focus with Year 8 AE GATE students. These skills include:

Debating and Persuasive Speaking: Students will participate in the Carey Debating Competition and represent the College in an inter-school format.

Creative Writing and Publishing: Students will learn advanced skills for creative writing, culminating in a day-long competition in which they will write, illustrate and publish their own book.

Entrepreneurship: Students will develop skills in business and entrepreneurship by planning and implementing business ideas for a variety of events and competitions.

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: Students will work collaboratively in the ‘da Vinci Decathlon’, working across ten disciplines, including STEM, chess, art, poetry, ideation, cartography and English.

The Year 7 Program

Academic Excellence scholarship recipients will participate in the English and Humanities Extension Programs. Both are based on the WA curriculum with added project-based and enrichment activities. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of competitions that complements their learning.

English Extension: This course focuses on reading, comprehension and more complex writing tasks, emphasising collaboration and extending students’ abilities to work creatively and develop critical thinking skills.
Humanities Extension: Students will have the opportunity to develop their research, analytical reasoning and communication skills within this program.

As part of the Year 7 program, GATE students are also able to participate in a range of other extension activities. These include:
Music: Students can choose Music and be selected to participate in Specialist Music. Carey offers an extensive co-curricular ensemble program, including Contemporary, Jazz and Western Art bands, a choir and vocal ensembles.

Extension Classes: Students may also be selected for the
Extension classes in Science and Maths. These develop investigation, problem solving and reasoning skills.
Education Perfect: This is an online platform used in English, Science and Languages.
Languages: Students choose to study ONE of Indonesian, Japanese or Mandarin.
Year 7 Electives: Students can choose from different Technology subjects ranging from Food and Nutrition to Product Design. In the Arts, students will experience both Visual and Media Arts,
and they can choose between the Performing Arts of Dance, Drama or Music.
STEM Electives: Year 7 STEM electives are available to all students. These are Coding and Aviation, which incorporate design thinking and project-based learning.
Extra-Curricular Program: Carey offers a range of extra-curricular activities, including participation in ACC competitions and carnivals; Specialist Basketball and Soccer in Year 9 and 10; Carey Jewels Cheer and Pom; and a biennial College Musical / Drama production.


If selected, students will sit a HAST Aptitude Test which is produced by the Australian Council for Educational Research and used by over 100 Secondary schools in Australia and Internationally. This includes four parts: Reading Comprehension; Written Expression; Mathematical Reasoning; and Abstract Reasoning. High performing students in the Reading Comprehension and Written Expression sections may be eligible to be awarded a GATE Academic Excellence Scholarship in either of the Round 1 or Round 2 Offers, based on their application and test results.

Scholarships are awarded to the highest performing students on the basis of academic merit and potential, based on their applications and HAST test results. These are awarded for the remainder of time the student attends the College. The continuation of the scholarship will depend on the student’s positive conduct and academic progress. They are reviewed annually.

Successful students will be offered the following scholarships:

First Round Offers: 75% deduction of academic tuition fees for the remainder of their schooling at Carey Baptist College.

Second Round Offers: 50% deduction of academic tuition fees for the remainder of their schooling at Carey Baptist College.

Achieving a GATE Academic Excellence scholarship gives students the confidence to pursue other goals. It is important for students to recognise their potential early in their academic career so that they can foster its growth. The goal is to provide students with experiences and skills that will motivate and extend them in preparation for their senior years and beyond.

How to Apply

Applications are now closed for 2023.

For further information regarding the GATE Music Specialist scholarship, application or selection process, please contact Mr R. Stirling – Assistant Principal at

Application Timeline

Applications Close: Thursday 24 March 2022 | 4pm
Test Invitations emailed: Monday 4 April 2022
HAST Test Date: Saturday 7 May 2022 | 9am
Music Audition Date: Saturday 14 May 2022
Round 1 Offers: Emailed Monday 30 May
Round 2 Offers: Emailed From mid-June

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