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Carey was founded in 1923 with the support of the Baptist Union of Victoria, initially as a day and boarding school for boys. Our school is named in honour of Rev. Dr William Carey, a Baptist missionary and self-taught language scholar who dedicated much of his life to humanitarian work in India in the 18th century. His life of service, faith and commitment to learning are central to the School’s philosophy today.

Animo et Fide, Carey’s motto, means ‘By Courage and Faith’. Inspired by our Baptist ethos and our focus on developing the whole student through a complete education, our motto is embraced and practised by all at Carey.

The symbolism of the torch exists throughout our school, including in our school crest. The torchbearer challenges students to take ownership of the legacy of Carey and pass the torch to the next generation of students, shining as brightly as it did when they received it.

A timeline of Carey's history

Discover some of the key milestones from our history.

1923

Carey Baptist Grammar School opens

Carey Baptist Grammar School opens

1954

Memorial Great Hall opened in honour of alumni who served and died in the Second World War

Memorial Great Hall opened in honour of alumni who served and died in the Second World War

1958

Carey joins the Associated Public Schools (APS)

Carey joins the Associated Public Schools (APS)

1962

Bulleen Sports Complex opened and hosted the first House athletics event

Bulleen Sports Complex opened and hosted the first House athletics event

1967

Carey’s Outdoor Education Camp ‘Toonallook’ begins

Carey’s Outdoor Education Camp ‘Toonallook’ begins

1971

William Carey Chapel opened

William Carey Chapel opened

1979

Co-education introduced to Years 11 and 12

Co-education introduced to Years 11 and 12

1985

Annual Senior School musicals commence

Annual Senior School musicals commence

1989

Donvale campus opened

Donvale campus opened

2005

Exchange program with Robinson River School begins

Exchange program with Robinson River School begins

2011

Enrolments reach 50% girls

Enrolments reach 50% girls

2023

Centenary celebrated

Centenary celebrated

1923

Carey Baptist Grammar School opens

Carey Baptist Grammar School opens

1954

Memorial Great Hall opened in honour of alumni who served and died in the Second World War

Memorial Great Hall opened in honour of alumni who served and died in the Second World War

1958

Carey joins the Associated Public Schools (APS)

Carey joins the Associated Public Schools (APS)

1962

Bulleen Sports Complex opened and hosted the first House athletics event

Bulleen Sports Complex opened and hosted the first House athletics event

1967

Carey’s Outdoor Education Camp ‘Toonallook’ begins

Carey’s Outdoor Education Camp ‘Toonallook’ begins

1971

William Carey Chapel opened

William Carey Chapel opened

1979

Co-education introduced to Years 11 and 12

Co-education introduced to Years 11 and 12

1985

Annual Senior School musicals commence

Annual Senior School musicals commence

1989

Donvale campus opened

Donvale campus opened

2005

Exchange program with Robinson River School begins

Exchange program with Robinson River School begins

2011

Enrolments reach 50% girls

Enrolments reach 50% girls

2023

Centenary celebrated

Centenary celebrated

1923

Carey Baptist Grammar School opens

Carey Baptist Grammar School opens

1954

Memorial Great Hall opened in honour of alumni who served and died in the Second World War

Memorial Great Hall opened in honour of alumni who served and died in the Second World War

1958

Carey joins the Associated Public Schools (APS)

Carey joins the Associated Public Schools (APS)

1962

Bulleen Sports Complex opened and hosted the first House athletics event

Bulleen Sports Complex opened and hosted the first House athletics event

1967

Carey’s Outdoor Education Camp ‘Toonallook’ begins

Carey’s Outdoor Education Camp ‘Toonallook’ begins

1971

William Carey Chapel opened

William Carey Chapel opened

1979

Co-education introduced to Years 11 and 12

Co-education introduced to Years 11 and 12

1985

Annual Senior School musicals commence

Annual Senior School musicals commence

1989

Donvale campus opened

Donvale campus opened

2005

Exchange program with Robinson River School begins

Exchange program with Robinson River School begins

2011

Enrolments reach 50% girls

Enrolments reach 50% girls

2023

Centenary celebrated

Centenary celebrated

Carey Collections

Our digital archive, Carey Collections, contains a trove of photos, documents, publications and interviews from throughout Carey's history.

Visit Carey Collections

Heritage Trail

Carey's Heritage Trail takes you on a journey of our school's history. You can take the tour in person by contacting our Archivist, Helen Wolff, or you can explore the sites on our website.

Explore the Heritage Trail

Our Centenary

In 2023, Carey Baptist Grammar School celebrated 100 years since the enrolment of our first students.

Look back at our centenary celebrations

Donate to the Carey Archive

Do you have any special Carey items you'd like to donate to our archive? Get in touch with our Archivist, Helen Wolff, to find out how your can contribute to the Carey collection.

Contact our Archivist
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