Gateway8 is an inter-school academic challenge Macarthur hosts each year for a large number of Independent schools across Sydney. The competition is targeted at high potential learners in Yr 5-10 and runs across 3 days (Years 5/6, Years 7/8 and Years 9/10). Tasks are designed to stimulate the eight multiple intelligences outlined by Howard Gardner (Linguistic intelligence, Logical-mathematical intelligence, Spatial intelligence, Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence, Musical intelligence, Interpersonal intelligence, Intrapersonal intelligence and Naturalist intelligence).


Each year a theme is chosen and Macarthur staff across faculties are tasked with writing innovative, engaging challenges that will stretch high potential learners and force their hand to take risks and think outside the box.

Each team competes against other schools in a cumulative points table. Teams that demonstrate outstanding critical and creative thinking skills in tasks share their thinking process collectively at the end of each day through student voice and demonstrations.

At the end of each of the 3 days of competition, a trophy and medallions are presented to the winning team.

Enquiries about GATEway 8 days should be directed to Mrs Rebecca Fitzpatrick on (02) 4647 5333.