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Carey Baptist Grammar School

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Denomination  Baptist
Founder  Rev. L. E. Tranter
Number of students  2,168
Established  1923
Phone  +61 3 9816 1222
Founded  1923
Carey Baptist Grammar School
Type  Independent, Co-educational
Motto  Latin: Animo et Fide ("By Courage and Faith")
Chairperson  Jane Simon BA(Hons), SDIA GAICD
Address  349 Barkers Rd, Kew VIC 3101, Australia
Similar  Scotch College, Xavier College, Trinity Grammar School, MLC Melbourne, Camberw Grammar School

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Carey Baptist Grammar School (commonly known as Carey) is an independent, co-educational, Christian, day school consisting of four campuses in Victoria, Australia - Kew (Kindergarten-Year 12), Donvale (Kindergarten-Year 6), the Carey Sports Complex in Bulleen and an outdoor education camp near Paynesville in eastern Gippsland called Carey Toonallook.


Founded in 1923 by the Rev. L.E. Tranter, the school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 2,250 students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Carey is affiliated with the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV), and has been a member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS) since 1958. The school has offered the International Baccalaureate (IB) since June 1997.


Carey Baptist Grammar School was founded by the Rev. L. E. Tranter, who, at the meetings of the Baptist Union of Victoria held in May 1919, urged consideration of a Baptist secondary school for boys. The present property, with the house Urangeline, was purchased for £14,000 and the School opened on 13 February 1923, with an enrolment of 68 boys.

The school began co-education in 1979, when girls entered Years 11 and 12. Co-education was extended to all year levels by 1984. In 1989, 14 hectares (35 acres) of land were purchased at Bulleen for sports grounds, an Outdoor Education facility was built near Paynesville and a Junior School campus at Donvale.

The school recently bought an adjoining property named Cluny. The old buildings were demolished (except for the main building, Fairview) to make room for a new grass section for the Junior School at Kew, which was opened on 6 October 2006 and is known as Cluny Green. Fairview accommodates the Outdoor Education staff and Junior School Art and Music studios.

Name, badge and motto

The name of the school derives from William Carey. He was the first Baptist missionary in India, publishing 24 different translations of the Scriptures. The School badge represents the old Greek Torch Race, very similar to a relay race, in which a chain of runners each passed to the next a torch which had to be kept burning brightly.

The School motto is "Animo et Fide" which may be translated from Latin as "By Courage and Faith". This echoes the texts from Isaiah 54:2-3 on which Carey based his famous sermon in 1772 when he urged Baptists to form a missionary society.


From Year 3 onwards Carey students compete in the Associated Public Schools (APS) competition in a number of different sports. Most of the sports are played at the Carey Sports Complex at Bulleen.


Music is included in the curriculum at both Kew (ECC, P-12) and Donvale (ECC, P-6) campuses.

The Classroom Music program is compulsory for all students in Junior School and Year 7 students in Middle School. From Year 8 to VCE, Music is an elective timetabled subject.

Students in all four sections of the school can participate in a musical production, with roles as singers, actors, dancers and instrumentalists, or as part of the production team as stage crew (stage management, lighting, sound costumes, make-up, front-of-house and publicity). Both of Carey's Junior Schools stage musical productions.


Carey teams are entered in the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) Schools' Competition which encompasses A Grade (Year 12) teams to D Grade (Middle School) teams. Debates are held during Terms 1, 2 and 3 and successful teams participate in the State Finals during Terms 3 and 4. In addition to the standard DAV competition, Carey participates in a range of other debating tournaments, including those organised by Rotary and the RSL. Carey has won a number of DAV championships and supplied captains of the Victorian Schools Debating Team.


The Carey Sports Complex is located in Bulleen and set on 14 hectares (35 acres) close to Carey's Kew and Donvale campuses. It consists of five ovals, and a gymnasium with two netball/basketball courts, which can also accommodate three volleyball or eight badminton courts. There is a weight-training facility and a 25-metre eight-lane heated swimming pool with a separate diving pool. Carey students use the facilities for physical education classes, sports training and APS matches. Students travel between Carey's main campuses and the sports complex in charter buses.

In 2010 the De Young Centre for Performing Arts was opened by the Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser AC.

The centre has three main sections: the School’s reception foyer and gallery space; the Ian Woolf Auditorium with a 350-seat capacity and full stage management facilities; and the Laycock School of Music and Drama which features large rehearsal rooms, classrooms including two music technology rooms and practice and tuition studios.

In 2016, the Centre for Learning, Innovation and Technology (CLIT) was opened by the Governor of Victoria, The Hon. Linda Dessau AM.

World record attempt

On 9 September 2008, Carey Student Benjamin McMahon organised a school attempt the break the Guinness world record for the largest human wheelbarrow race as part of a fundraising event, with over 1000 students participating. This attempt was successful and Carey held this record until it was broken by a school in NSW in 2009.

Notable alumni

  • Tiffany Cherry ('89) – sports broadcaster
  • Peter Costello ('72) – Liberal politician and former Treasurer of Australia
  • Tim Costello ('72) – CEO of World Vision Australia
  • Brian Eaton – RAAF Air Vice Marshal
  • John Elliott ('58) – businessman, former president of Carlton Football Club and the Liberal Party
  • Tom Elliott ('85) – investment banker and media personality
  • Hugh Evans ('01) – humanitarian and co-founder of The Oaktree Foundation
  • Ellen Gandy ('10) – swimmer
  • Marieke Hardy ('93) – writer, broadcaster, television producer and actress
  • Meg Lanning ('09) – cricketer
  • Aaron Lee ('69) – poet
  • Kevin McQuay – television personality and entrepreneur
  • Danni Miatke ('05) – swimmer
  • Emma Randall ('02) – basketball player
  • Tony Smith ('85) – Liberal politician and current Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
  • James Tomkins ('89) – Olympic rower
  • Steve Vizard ('73) – media personality and comedian
  • Brian Walters – barrister (QC) and human rights advocate
  • Suzie Wilks ('87) – television personality
  • Notable staff

  • Frank Tyson, English Test cricketer, "Typhoon Tyson".
  • References

    Carey Baptist Grammar School Wikipedia

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