17 August 2023

Celebrating effort, commitment and good character

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Celebrating effort, commitment and good character
Celebrating effort, commitment and good character
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We have had another wonderful winter season of sport at Carey. In an extraordinary display of skill, dedication and sportsmanship, this academic year has witnessed a triumphant series of victories for our school with APS First Team premierships in Girls Netball, Girls Hockey and Boys Soccer. While the accolades and championships are undoubtedly commendable, what truly sets these victories apart is the remarkable character displayed by our students both on and off the field. The embodiment of our school's core values – care, respect and growth – has shone through, leaving an indelible mark on our community.

It is heartening to witness the sportsmanship exhibited by our students. The camaraderie shared among team members stands as a testament to the values instilled in them. The essence of care is palpable as players reach out to help their fallen competitors, and even offer words of encouragement in defeat.

Respect, another cornerstone of our school's ethos, has been showcased across the season. The way our students have engaged with one another, officials and spectators has been a credit to our school. A handshake or a friendly pat on the back after a hard-fought game speaks volumes about the respect they hold for the effort put in by all involved.

We love too, witnessing the growth in our students. Each practice, match, victory and setback become an opportunity for learning and development. The resilience exhibited in the face of challenges, the willingness to learn from mistakes, and the continuous drive to improve define the growth mindset that our school champions.


Our school's values of care, respect, and growth are not just mere slogans; they are woven into the fabric of our community, and they shine brightly through our students' conduct on the field. We congratulate all our students who have committed to a team across the winter season. In the arena of sports, our students have proven that success is not just about winning games, but about winning hearts and minds through their exceptional character. To our students, we value the way you have played the game as much as the result at the end.

Triumphs in music

We have also recently seen the same values and successes displayed in our Performing Arts program. This week, while we have been looking forward to the opening of our Senior School Play tomorrow night, our music program shone brightly at the Victorian School Music Festival (VSFM). Our jazz bands delivered remarkable performances at the festival, receiving high praise from adjudicators and highlighting the remarkable dedication and skill of our students.

Our Stage Band, with students from Years 8 to 10, moved into the Intermediate Section this year under James Bradley's direction. Their engagement and support for each other was evident, and this camaraderie combined with their remarkable talents led to a Platinum Shield.

The senior Big Band’s polished presentation left a strong impression, with a standout performance by Year 8 drummer James. Led by Roger Schmidli, they earned a coveted Gold Shield.

Our youngest ensemble, Ellington, composed of students in Years 7 to 9, secured a triumphant Gold Shield for their first ever VSFM stage band experience, also under the direction of Roger Schmidli. These achievements not only reflect our musical excellence but also the outstanding character and talent of our students.

2023 Independent Schools Victoria LEAD Satisfaction Survey

Your opinion is valuable to us and we encourage you to participate in the 2023 LEAD School Effectiveness Survey. The aim of the survey is to understand your perceptions regarding the quality of your child’s educational experience with Carey. The information obtained will be used to improve the quality of education at the school for students.

The survey is conducted by Independent Schools Victoria and is completely anonymous. Carey receives only aggregate results. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by Friday 25 August 2023.

Either parent may fill out the questionnaire or both parents may complete the survey together. We ask that you complete the survey for your eldest child at Carey. However, you may also complete the survey for each child you have at Carey by clicking on the link again and re-doing it for other children.

If you are a parent, please click here to complete the survey. All staff and eligible students will have received an individual invitation to access the survey by email.

We appreciate you taking the time to participate.

Jonathan Walter


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