Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Program

Bob Hawke College has been selected to host one of public education’s most highly regarded programs – the Gifted and Talented Academic Program, for students with exceptional academic ability.

The program provides highly challenging curriculum experiences in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences. A rigorous selection process provides an opportunity for students to be offered a place in the program where they will foster advanced analytical, critical, collaborative and creative thinking skills.

The program matches individual learning needs by extending students’ skills with advanced and in-depth study.

Key features of the program are extension, deep-learning and extra-curricular activities where students can be involved in local, State, national and international competitions, leadership programs, community service, university extension programs and study tours.

More information about Gifted and Talented programs can be found on the Department of Education’s website.

Bob Hawke Regional Academic Scholarships

Throughout his life, Bob Hawke pursued knowledge, excellence and life-long learning. His advocacy for young Australians and education is the inspiration for this scholarship and is offered as a support to pursue an extraordinary future through study at Bob Hawke College.

Two annual Bob Hawke Regional Academic Scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of successful application into the College’s Gifted and Talented Academic Program.

Students from regional and remote Western Australia, applying for enrolment at Bob Hawke College through the Gifted and Talented Academic Program, are eligible for a scholarship to meet the cost of boarding at the Department of Education’s City Beach Residential College. The two highest ranking Gifted and Talented students are awarded the scholarship for the duration of their enrolment at Bob Hawke College. Ranking is determined by the results of the Department of Education’s Gifted and Talented academic selection process for entry into the program at Year 7 level.

Scholarships are valid up to six (6) years on condition of maintaining boarding status at City Beach Residential College and application for State and Australian Government financial assistance or subsidy allowances.  All families of regional and remote Gifted and Talented students will be contacted by the College upon receiving an offer of enrolment and provided information about their eligibility. Information about City Beach Residential College and the boarding application process is available here.

Academic Challenge Program

All students and classes at the College feature differentiated learning suited to the needs of the student. Our Academic Challenge Program (ACP) complements the Gifted and Talented Academic Program.

The Academic Challenge Program provides an appropriate level of challenge for students with exceptional academic ability.

Students in the Academic Challenge Program are provided with a differentiated program, including extension, enrichment, acceleration and appropriate challenge in Mathematics, English, Science, and Humanities and Social Sciences.

All students enrolling at the College undertake Learner Profile testing to assess their learning needs and inform curriculum planning. Testing identifies students’ cognitive processing, abstract thinking and reasoning skills. There are three components to the testing: Quantitative, Verbal and Non-Verbal. The selection process for the Academic Challenge Program is informed by results from each student’s learner profile assessment, NAPLAN, Gifted and Talented process results (where applicable) and similar diagnostic results.

Application is available upon local intake enrolment.

Interest in being offered a place in the Academic Challenge Program is indicated through the enrolment process and is available to students eligible to enrol at the College. A Learner Profile testing session will be held at the College on Friday 9 September between 9:30am and 12:30pm. Booking details will be provided to parents upon enrolment.

For further information, please contact the College by email

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