Celebrating inclusivity, diversity and co-education, every day

In 2019, we enjoyed many opportunities to reflect on the milestone of 40 years of co-education at Carey. It truly is wonderful to be part of a community that embraces and passionately believes in our values of inclusivity and equal opportunity, and we appreciate the important role that parents play in supporting the School in upholding them. Our school is proud of its continued commitment to co-education and ensuring each individual has access to what they need to become the best versions of themselves. By maintaining an even student gender balance across the whole school, we can expose students to diversity while also providing wonderful opportunities to all students and enabling them to feel safe and accepted, no matter who they are.

Our celebration of 40 years of co-education has included a number of special events where we acknowledged and heard from some of Carey’s Inaugural Girl Scholars: on International Women’s Day, we heard from Kairsty Wilson (1979) and learned about her work in advocating for the legal rights of workers with disabilities; on Founders Day, we welcomed back Natalie Gray (1979), who spoke to our students at assembly on what it was like to be in that first class of girls back in 1979; and in October, we welcomed female alumni to our annual 40+ Luncheon for the first time, which is an event for alumni who graduated 40 or more years ago. It was great to see several of our first girls at Carey join us and enjoy a Q&A with Lisa Stevens (1980), who gave a fascinating insight into her time as one of the first girls at Carey as well as her inspiring career in sports psychology.

As well as reflecting on our 40 years of co-education, this year we also embarked on an exciting history project in preparation for our upcoming centenary. Carey has engaged the services of Helen Penrose from HistorySmiths to research and write a history of Carey’s first 100 years. We recently conducted a community-wide survey to hear your stories and experiences of Carey that make up our rich history, and had 346 responses – the highest number Helen has ever had from any other school history survey! The survey also opened up the opportunity for Helen to connect with a broad range of community members and seek further input on topics of interest. Keep an eye on the newsletter and Torch for further updates on our progress with this project.

Recently you should have received your copy of the spring edition of the Torch. Thank you for the wonderful feedback on this publication. The Community Engagement team have also been busy collating and preparing the story of 2019 for the Carey Chronicle, which will be distributed to students over the coming week. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. The 2020 Carey Calendar will also make its way to families soon to help you start planning for the year ahead! This year’s calendar features some wonderful individuals in our community and acknowledges their contribution to making our community and the world a better place.

The Community Engagement team wish you and your family a very peaceful Christmas, and a safe and happy New Year.

Julianne Brandon
Director of Community Engagement