9 February 2023

There's so much to look forward to in 2023

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There's so much to look forward to in 2023
There's so much to look forward to in 2023
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What a fabulous start to our centenary year it has been. We have loved having the creative energy of our students back and immersed into the programs of the School.

You may notice that you’re currently reading this on a new website. We’re very pleased to share this exciting new online home for Carey which represents the modern and progressive school we are. The website was created over the course of more than a year to be a hub of information for our future families and anyone wanting to know more about why Carey is such a great school community. After reading the newsletter, you may like to visit the Life at Carey page, where we feature the stories of a few members of our community, like Year 4 student Atticus and former student and current parent Shirley.

Our centenary year

We are very excited to finally begin our celebrations for our centenary. We have several exciting events and activities planned for throughout the year, and if you’ve been onsite, you may have seen some of the celebratory banners around campus. At our Main Reception at Kew, there is a particularly special timeline on the wall of our first 100 years of Carey, putting our evolution as a school and society in context.

You can find out about what’s on in 2023 in this newsletter, where our Director of Community Engagement outlines what to look forward to and put in your calendars: read more here.

Next week kicks off with our official birthday on Monday 13 February. Each section of the School will have a special assembly held in the MGH at Kew, and we also look forward to hosting members of the Carey Heritage Committee. This group has been meeting and working for 25 years on gathering together the history of our school and much of their work has informed the writing of the School’s history book, Torchbearers, which captures our 100-year journey to date, authored by Helen Penrose. We look forward to launching this publication on this day. Each current Carey family will receive a copy of Torchbearers.

The Carey Commencement Service will finish off the celebrations on Monday 13 February. The service will take place on Sandell Oval beginning at 7.15pm and will conclude by 8.30pm. Please register your attendance here so that sufficient seating can be provided. I look forward to seeing you at this occasion.

Hitting the ground running in Term 1

The Year 12 Formal was early this year and the Class of 2023 rose to the occasion, producing the legendary Carey Formal Video in record time before the event on Saturday night at the Plaza Ballroom. We were very proud of the way all of our students behaved at this first major gathering for the year.

Middle and Senior School House Swimming carnivals have been fabulous occasions to build House spirit and identify those students who will be performing for the School in the upcoming APS meet at MSAC at the end of term. The atmosphere was supportive and encouraging, celebrating all those who did their very best for their House.

The Addams Family rehearsals are in full swing and we look forward to this being a part of our Centenary Fair on Saturday 1 April. Students have been invited to audition for Oliver in the Middle School and Aladdin Jr. at Donvale.

It has been great to see so many families in attendance at the various information sessions over the last two weeks as we build connections and share critical information about the programs on offer in the year ahead.

Jonathan Walter


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