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

Applications are open now and close 4pm Thursday 23 March 2023.


Carey’s GATE pathway provides gifted and talented students with a stimulating and challenging STEM learning environment which empowers them with the 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

The GATE STEM program comprises two weekly sessions each week. It includes:

  • 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 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.

Important Links

Includes information on programs, timelines, application process, HAST information and sample questions and FAQs.

How to Apply

Applications open for the 2024 program on Monday 17 October 2022. Applications close on Thursday 23 March 2023 at 4pm.

Application Timeline

Information Session: Thursday 16 February 2023 | 5pm (Please note, the content presented at this Information Session will be the same as the content presented at the Information Session held in November 2022).
Applications Close: Thursday 23 March 2023 | 4pm
Test Invitations emailed: Monday 3 April 2023
HAST Test Date: Saturday 6 May 2023 | 8:45am
Music Audition Date: Saturday 13 May 2023 | 8:30am-5pm
Round 1 Offers: Week commencing Monday 12 June 2023
Round 2 Offers: Week commencing Monday 17 July 2023

Competition and Challenges

The STEM program includes a selection from the following: 

Science Competitions
Junior Young Physicist Tournament, Science Talent Search, Big Science Challenge, Olympiads, Science and Engineering Challenge.

Technology and Engineering
Da Vinci Decathlon Challenges, TOMs STEM Challenges, VEX Robotics, Solar Car Challenge, F1 in schools, Block Coding, Python Coding.

Maths Olympiads, WA Maths Problem Solving Program, Year 7 and 8 Euler and Newton Programs, AMT Maths Challenge.

Junior Young Physicist Tournament
Students compete with Interstate and NZ schools. They study open-ended questions and engage in real-time debates. 

International Study Tour

2023 GATE STEM Study Tour to Singapore 

Term 2 Holidays | 1 to 8 July 2023 (8 days, 7 nights)

Science Centre Singapore, Singapore Art Science Museum, NEWater Visitor Centre, Hiverlab, Fusionworld, Singapore Night Zoo Safari, Universal Studios, Gardens by the Bay, MediaCorp, Sentosa Island Aquarium, visit to Singapore School (TBC).

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 course 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.

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.


Scholarships are awarded to a select number of students in these programs. To apply for one of our scholarships, parents need to submit an application. Applications are reviewed by the College and if a student is shortlisted for a scholarship, they will be invited to sit a HAST Aptitude Test. This is produced by the Australian Council for Educational Research and used by over 100 secondary schools in Australia and internationally.

Scholarships are awarded to the highest performing students on the basis of academic merit and potential. This is determined by their applications (including their Year 5 final school and NAPLAN reports) and the HAST results. The continuation of the scholarship will depend on the student’s positive conduct and academic progress.

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.