Gifted and Talented Pathway (GATE)
Academic Excellence Scholarships

Applications for the Year 7 2022 Program have 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 an academic excellence program designed to create an environment where academically able students can be challenged and extended 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 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.

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 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. They will also have the opportunity to take part in the National History Challenge, Australian Geography Competition and the Education Perfect World Series.

As part of the Year 7 program, 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.
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: The STEM electives are Computing: Coding and Aviation, which are available to all students. These incorporate Design thinking and project-based learning.
Extra-Curricular Program:
• Interschool ACC competitions, such as Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics.
• Specialist Basketball and Soccer are offered among the Year 9 and 10 electives.
• Carey Jewels Cheer and Pom. This combines gymnastics, acrobatics and dance.
• College Musical/Drama production is presented every 2 years. In 2021, the College will present the Musical ‘Oliver’.


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. 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.

How to Apply

Application forms are also available to download (above), or from the Secondary Curriculum Office at the Harrisdale Campus (Building J). Please include all required documents in your application, including: a copy of your Year 5 end of year report; a copy of the most recent NAPLAN results; copies of any Certificates or Awards achieved; details and levels of other interest/abilities the applicant has.

For further information regarding the Academic Excellence scholarship, application or selection process, contact Mr R. Stirling – Assistant Principal Curriculum at

Application Timeline

Applications Open: Monday 19 October
Information Session: Wednesday 3 March | 7 to 8pm
Applications Close: Wednesday 24 March | 5pm
Test invitations emailed: Monday 29 March
HAST Test Date: Saturday 24 April | 9am
Round 1 Offers: Emailed Thursday 20 May
Round 2 Offers: Emailed From mid-June

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