Alexander McDonald

Alexander is studying for his International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Literature, French, Psychology, Mathematics, History and Chemistry. He has been an active participant in Carey Sport ever since he began at the School in Year 7. He is now the Captain of the Firsts Tennis team, and also a member of the Firsts Football and Water Polo teams. He has a strong passion for music, playing guitar in the Big Band, and has just completed his ANZCA Grade 7 guitar exam, passing with honours. Alexander has been a member of the School Debating teams since Year 7, and has also been a strong contributor to the School’s Gender Equity group, which initiated the new choice in the girl’s school uniform. In his spare time, Alexander is a junior tennis coach at his local tennis club for kids aged from 4–16.

According to Alexander, ‘Carey’s range of opportunities is what stands out for me as one of the strongest facets of the school. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to New York on exchange in Year 9, visit France on a language tour, and travel to Sydney to play football. I have also been fortunate enough to play in the orchestra of the musicals Hairspray and Crazy for you, where I played the guitar and banjo. This year I will travel with the Big Band to Mt Gambier to compete in the annual Generations in Jazz school competition. For me, these experiences highlight not only the fact that Carey offers many and varied opportunities, but that these opportunities encourage you to work with others and to stretch your experience and skills.’

After completing his IB Diploma, Alexander is unsure of the specific university course that he would like to study. But he has a strong passion for justice, so pursuing and understanding more about law and the justice system in Australia and internationally is on his agenda. Alexander also has a great love for travel, and hopes to be able to travel around the world.

Alexander says that, ‘being part of the Carey community and atmosphere has enriched my understanding of life and its many challenges. Not only does the school offer help and guidance, but it also pushes every one of us to be the best that we can, not only in an educational sense but to become valuable and contributing members of our respective communities.’

Carey School Captains 2017

Stephanie White

Stephanie is studying for her International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in Literature, French, Biology, Mathematics, Psychology and Theatre. She is a member of the cast in the Senior School Musical of Les Miserables and is involved in Cross Country for her winter sport. She also plays the flute in Wind Symphony and Orchestra, and is an active member of the Carey Debating team. Stephanie is very passionate about her commitment to community service, being involved both within Carey and beyond. She is a Youth Ambassador for McAuley Community Services for Women and has thoroughly enjoyed supporting this organisation with the help of the Carey community.   

According to Stephanie, “Carey is a school where students are encouraged to try new things and experience all the opportunities that are right before them. I believe that these opportunities are what make Carey such a unique and special school, as they allow students to find their passions and explore who they are. I have been fortunate to have travelled to France on the French Exchange program, to India as part of the World Challenge program, to have been a cast member in many Carey Musicals and plays, and to have been involved in numerous community service activities throughout my time at Carey. From these experiences, I have learnt how rewarding it is to contribute to making a difference in the lives of others.”

Stephanie’s interests are varied and, once her IB Diploma is complete, she hopes to study an Arts degree at Melbourne University to discover where her passions for community service, language and psychology will lead. She also hopes to travel widely, affording her the opportunities to continue giving back to communities around the world, hopefully blending her career direction with service to others.

Stephanie says, “I truly believe that Carey has provided me with the perfect environment to confidently discover where my passions lie. Carey has an incredible atmosphere that allows students and staff to feel included and safe. I feel extremely privileged to be part of the Carey community, to have met so many amazing people, and to have experienced an abundance of opportunities.”