Fully selective schools in NSW

Bob Hawke College

WA’s state-of-the-art Bob Hawke College has commenced stage two of its construction.

Located in Subiaco, the public school opened in February 2020 to its first Year 7 cohort. The school currently has 589 students enrolled in Year 7 and Year 8. By 2025, the school expects to have 1500 students enrolled.

The construction of stage two will bring new additions to its already-impressive list of facilities. This new stage will include creative spaces like visual arts and dance studios, a performing arts centre, music rooms, and two media studios. More classrooms will also be added, along with landscaped areas and a rooftop terrace. This expansion will increase the school’s capacity to 2000 students.

What is offered by the school?

GATE program. Bob Hawke college is a partially selective school and offers the Gifted and Talented Academic Program. There are 32 places available for entry into the 2022 Year 7 placement of the program. The minimum score for entry into the school’s program in 2021 was 231.61.

Regional Academic Scholarship. Each year, two high-ranking students from regional and remote Western Australia are awarded a scholarship for the duration of their studies at the college. The scholarship covers the students’ boarding at the City Beach Residential College.

Academic Challenge Program. Complementing the GATE program, the ACP provides differentiated programs such as extension, enrichment, acceleration with a level of challenge for students with exceptional academic abilities. When students enrol, they undertake a learner’s profile test which enables the school to assess their learning needs. The three components of the test are Quantitative, Verbal, and Non-Verbal and will identify students’ cognitive processing, abstract thinking, and reasoning skills. Selection into the ACP will include results from this test, along with NAPLAN, GATE, or other similar diagnostic test results.

Selective Music & Visual Arts Program. Both programs are offered throughout Year 7 to Year 10, with pathways for senior secondary students who want to further pursue the Arts. Both programs have a specific entry process for interested students.

Entry into Bob Hawke College is through acceptance into the GATE program, Regional Academic Scholarship, or through the school’s local intake area. The new facilities are expected to open in 2023.