Carey Baptist Grammar School

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Carey Baptist Grammar School
Carey Baptist Grammar School logo.jpg
Latin: Animo et Fide
("By Courage and Faith")
Kew & Donvale, Victoria
Coordinates 37°48′53″S 145°2′51″E / 37.81472°S 145.04750°E / -37.81472; 145.04750Coordinates: 37°48′53″S 145°2′51″E / 37.81472°S 145.04750°E / -37.81472; 145.04750
Type Independent, Co-educational
Denomination Baptist
Established 1923[1]
Founder Rev. L.E. Tranter
Principal Philip M. Grutzner
Enrolment 2,168 (K–12)
Colour(s) Black, Blue & Gold             

Carey Baptist Grammar School (commonly known as Carey) is an independent, co-educational, Christian, international, 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),[2] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV),[4] and has been a member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS) since 1958.[5] The school has offered the International Baccalaureate (IB) since June 1997.[6]


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.


Period Details
1923 – 1944 Mr H.G. Steele, M.A. (Melb) Dip.Ed. (Oxon)
1945 – 1947 Mr V.F.O. Francis, M.A., Dip.Ed., Dip.Soc.Stud. (Well)
1948 – 1964 Mr S.L. Hickman, B.A., Dip.Ed.
1965 – 1989 Mr G.L. Cramer, AM., B.A., Dip.Ed., FACE
1990 – 2001 Dr R.H. Millikan, B.Mus.Ed., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D. (Alta)
2002 – 2010 Mr P.W. De Young, B.Ec., B.Ed., GDip. Fin. Planning (Sec. Inst.)
2010 – Mr P.M. Grutzner, BForSci, Dip Ed, MBA, MACE

Name, badge and motto[edit]

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.



Carey Rowing crew training on the Yarra River in Melbourne

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.


A band performing in the Memorial Great Hall

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.

World record attempt[edit]

On 9 September 2008, Carey students broke the Guinness world record for the largest human wheelbarrow race as part of a fundraising event, with over 1000 students participating.[7]

Prominent alumni[edit]

Prominent alumni of Carey Baptist Grammar School are those who have been published in Who’s Who in Australia, Who's Who of Australian Women and recipients of The Carey Medal which is awarded annually. The Carey Medal is presented at Speech Night to a member of the Carey community (past and present students, staff and parents) in recognition of exceptional and outstanding service to the wider community either within the state, nationwide or internationally.

The Australian biographical dictionary, Who’s Who in Australia and Who’s Who of Australian Women, includes those who are assessed by the editors as having “contributed to Australian life on a national or international level".

Carey Medal[edit]

  • 2009 – Dr Keith Farrer OBE (’33)
  • 2008 – The Hon Prof Murray Kellam AO QC (’64)
  • 2007 – Jock Noble (’69)
  • 2006 – Prof Douglas Coster AO (’63)
  • 2005 – Duncan Reilly (’39) and Hugh Evans (’01)
  • 2004 – Dr Neil Strugnell (’81)
  • 2003 – Dr Trevor Smith AO (’58)
  • 2002 – Alan Treloar TD (’36)
  • 2001 – Rev Tim Costello AO (’72)
  • 2000 – Ron Castan (’56)
  • 1999 – Alfred Mellor CBE (’33)
  • 1998 – Llew Evans (’31)
  • 1997 – Professor Graeme Clarke AC (past parent).

Who's Who in Australia[edit]

  • Alan Archibald (’62)
  • Prof Peter Bailey (’43)
  • Ian Beaurepaire (’39)
  • Prof Alan Bond (’63)
  • Mike Oxbig ('69)
  • Prof Neil Carson AO (’44)
  • The Hon Peter Costello (’72)
  • Rev Tim Costello AO (’72)
  • Prof Douglas Coster AO (’63)
  • Justice Rowan Downing QC ('70)
  • Tom Elliott ('85)
  • John Elliott (’58)
  • Hugh Evans (’01)
  • Prof John Furness (’64)
  • Dr Conrad Hamann (’69)
  • Francis Jones (’58)
  • Ian Jones (’49)
  • The Hon Prof Murray Kellam AO QC (’64)
  • Peter Laver AM (’58)
  • King Sloth ('69)
  • Thomas Luxton (’54)
  • Ken Lyall OAM (’45)
  • Dr David Merritt (’49)
  • Hugh Morgan AC (’57)
  • Dr John Nixon (’44)
  • Prof David Penington (’46)
  • Judge Eric Pratt QC (’50)
  • Dr Anthony Radford (’54)
  • Leonard Roach AO (’44)
  • The Hon Tony Smith MP (’85)
  • James Tomkins (’83)
  • Steve Vizard (’73)
  • Prof. Andrew Vizard ('75)
  • Brian Walters SC (’71)
  • Dr Trevor Smith AO (’58)
  • Ian Spicer AM (’55)
  • Prof Brian Spicer (’47)
  • Dr Alan Treloar TD (’36)
  • The Hon Vernon Wilcox CBE QC (’36)
  • Keith Steel (’33)
  • Bruce Teele (’33)
  • Graham Yallop (Australian cricket captain)
  • David Wansborough (Kookaburras player)
  • Dr Aretas Young (’31)
  • Sir Rutherford Robertson (’31)
  • Sir George Lush (’31)
  • Daniel Jackson ('89)
  • Ron Castan QC

Who's Who of Australian Women[edit]

Notable staff[edit]

  • Frank Tyson, English Test cricketer, "Typhoon Tyson".
  • Max Drummy
  • Ian 'Merv' Huntington
  • Ricky Nixon

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Carey Baptist Grammar School". Search by Recruiter. Seek. Retrieved 27 December 2007. 
  2. ^ "JSHAA Victorian Directory of Members". Victoria Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "Victoria". Schools. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Carey Baptist Grammar School". Find a School. Association of Independent Schools of Victoria. 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "Carey Baptist Grammar School". Australian Schools. Study in Australia. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2007. 
  6. ^ "Carey Baptist Grammar School". IB World Schools. International Baccalaureate Organization. Retrieved 28 December 2007. 
  7. ^ Waldon, Steve (10 September 2008). "Barrow boys and girls race to record". The Age (Melbourne). 

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