Heritage Trail

Sandell Oval

Thanks to community donations in 1926, Sandell Oval was built to provide a playing area and sports ground for students.

Sandell Oval
Sandell Oval

Sandell Oval is named in honour of Arthur K Sandell, Dux of the Preparatory School in 1926, and Deputy Headmaster of Carey from 1965 to 1975. 

By 1926, the student population had swelled to over 200 boys. In order to provide a more suitable playing arena, an 'Oval appeal' for £1250 was launched to fund the re-grading, levelling and general lay-out of a new sports ground. To assist in the cost, 'Oval appeal' stamps were sold at two shillings and sixpence which equated to one ton of earth for each stamp.

In the third term of 1926, works commenced on the school oval. During construction, 7000 tons of earth were moved by horses to form what we know today as the Sandell Oval.

During 1954, the oval was enlarged and remodelled, ready for the Annual Athletic Meeting held on 9 October, where the School Captain, Graham Dunshea, broke the School record for the 220 Yards Sprint. The event was attended by a very large gathering of Carey alumni who still held records in Carey Athletics.

Sandell Oval has hosted many occasions over the years including school fetes, the historic first ‘whole school’ photo in 2003 and, since the capacity limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Commencement Service.

Fun facts

‘Prior to the enlargement and remodelling of Sandell Oval [in 1954], home football matches were played on Willsmere Oval and Victoria Park in Kew.’
– Tony McCutcheon, School Captain (1951)

This is a stop on Carey's Heritage Trail.

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