Gifted and Talented Pathway (GATE)
STEM Selective Program and Scholarships

Applications for the Year 7 2022 Program have closed.


The STEM program integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills in a stimulating and challenging learning environment designed to cater for the academic and developmental needs of gifted and talented students.

Carey’s GATE pathway provides gifted and talented students with a stimulating and challenging STEM learning environment which empowers them with the knowledge and skills to succeed and adapt to a changing world where demand for STEM experience is high and will continue to increase into the future.

The program incorporates 21st Century learning strategies focusing on project/problem solving and inquiry-based learning. Students are encouraged to excel in their areas of academic talent and develop a love of learning.

STEM skills are crucial to innovation and development in our contemporary knowledge-based, competitive global economy. The integration of STEM disciplines in real world design problems is a way of engaging students in imaginative and collaborative problem-solving and reasoning.

The program comprises four components which will involve each of the four STEM disciplines. Each of these occur within a context. Carey works with organisations such as Curtin University, Murdoch University and industry to deliver this program.

Features of the Program
  • Challenge Series: Students are issued a series of short challenges which are school, university or industry-based. They will be required to operate individually and in groups.
  • STEM Competitions: Depending on availability, students enter an age-relevant competitions which may include engineering, energy, space or environmental challenges.
  • Coding and Construction: Students use coding, science and mathematics in the construction and operation of a given device or one they have constructed.
  • Investigation: Students are given a problem, or present a problem they would like to investigate. They collect evidence and offer a solution as a result. The aim is to follow the scientific investigative process and present their findings.

Year 7 Program

STEM scholarship recipients will also participate in the Science and Mathematics 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.

Science Extension: This focuses on developing self-directed learning and decision-making, collaborative investigations and field trips to experience Science in action.
Mathematics Extension: This program has a greater emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning. It utilises enrichment activities to extend the students.

As part of the Year 7 program, students are also able to participate in a range of extension activities, including:
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 English and Humanities. These develop collaboration, research, creativity and critical thinking 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 Computing: Applications. 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.
• A College Musical/Drama production is presented every two years. In 2021, the College will present the Musical ‘Oliver’ in March.


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 Mathematical Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning sections may be eligible to be awarded a GATE STEM 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 STEM program, scholarship, application or selection process, contact Mrs Kathleen Lacey – Dean of 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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