Learning in Middle School

The learning program from Year 7 to 9 is designed to help students find their passions.

Learning in Middle School
Learning in Middle School

Year 7 to 9 at Carey Baptist Grammar School offers students an extensive range of subjects and experiences, based on their needs at this stage of their learning.

Through our ongoing core studies, immersive units and extensive elective program, students enjoy the challenge of learning about the world in a fully supportive environment.


Core Subjects

(Community and Religious Education)
EnglishGeographyHealth and PEHistoryLanguages
(Chinese, Indonesian or French)

Art and Drama are also compulsory in Year 7, but make up part of the wide range of elective subjects in Year 8 and 9.


Elective subjects and core enrichment

Students at Carey are empowered to forge their own pathways and take ownership of their learning. It is important to provide students with a broad range of subjects to choose from so they can decide what will be most beneficial to their education. Students are more engaged when they’re learning about what they really care about.

To complement the core subjects, students in Year 8 and 9 choose two core enrichment units and four elective units to study across the year.

Year 8
Core Enrichment
Astro Science
Changemakers (enrichment)
Geography: Passport to the World
Law and Order
Mathematics Consolidation
Writing Wizardry
Changemakers (elective)
Digital Technology Adventures
Drama: Playmaking
Food Studies
Product Design and Technology (PDT): Fashion and Textiles
PDT: Metal
PDT: Wood
Theatre for Young Audiences
Total Sports
The Musical World
Visual Communication Design
Year 9
Core Enrichment
Ancient History
CSI: Carey Science Investigation
Economics: Deals and Dollars
Find Your Passion
Mathematics Consolidation
STEAM 4 Sustainability
Creative Silicon Chips
Fitness in Focus
Food Studies
Indigenous Studies
PDT: Fashion and Textiles
PDT: Metal
PDT: Wood
The Contemporary Composer
Total Sports
Visual Communication

Immersive Units

The Middle School learning program is enriched with real-world learning that challenges students to explore beyond their physical and emotional boundaries. The immersive units are an important part of this learning.

This experiential learning allows students to visit rural, urban and remote locations throughout Victoria, exploring the different natural and built environments and observing the world around them and gain a deeper understanding of the natural and human systems at work.

All students participate in these week-long intensive and interdisciplinary experiences every term throughout Middle School.

Head of Integrated and Immersive Learning, Sally Nelson, talks about Immersive Learning in the Middle School at Carey.

Year 7
Enterprise unit
Environment unit
Outdoor Education
Year 8
Human Rights Convention
Rural Victoria Experience
Outdoor Education
Year 9
City Challenge
Civics and Citizenship
Outdoor Education

Co-curricular opportunities

The co-curricular program at Carey provides experience and training in activities that can enrich students’ lives well beyond their school years and expand their friendship groups across year levels and House groups. It includes sport, music, theatre, outdoor education, debating and many more opportunities. There is something at Carey to suit every student’s interests and passions.

Learn more about co-curricular at Carey

Student Wellbeing

The Student Wellbeing team has whole-school responsibility for and oversight of student wellbeing at Carey. Led by the Head of Student Wellbeing and made up of the School Nurses, School Psychologists, Student Guidance Co-ordinators, Wellbeing Project Co-ordinators and wellbeing administrators, Student Wellbeing works in partnership with each of the four school sections to promote and progress student wellbeing, mental and physical health and social/emotion learning in a three-tiered way:

  • Universal: whole-school initiatives that foster positive wellbeing for all students
  • Targeted: programs and interventions that help shape the trajectory for individuals or small cohorts of students
  • Intensive: personalised responses for students who need support.

Learning Development

Carey attracts and embraces students with a wide range of abilities. At any given time, the school population includes students who require extension or intervention beyond the classroom. Learning Development programs are a core component of our focus on wellbeing at Carey, and allow students to maintain curiosity, creativity and motivation by truly tailoring the curriculum to suit each individual’s needs.

Talent Development

Talent Development at Carey encourages students by fostering their skills in thinking and research, and providing extension in their area of talent. Carey supports the needs of highly able students through the curriculum and differentiation in the classroom. This may be accompanied by individual programs, small groups, and whole-class and whole-school activities. All students are supported to reach their academic and personal goals.


Cultural Experience

Year 9 students have the opportunity to study abroad for six weeks. We have strong connections with a number of schools around the world, and we offer cultural experiences in Canada, England, Indonesia, New Zealand and the USA.

Generally, the family of a student who travels on exchange hosts a reciprocal visit later in the year.

We currently offer overseas cultural exchanges to:

Places are limited and the application process occurs in Year 8 for the following year’s program.


Robinson River

Robinson River is a small, remote Indigenous community of approximately 200 people in the Northern Territory. Carey has an established and ongoing relationship with the people of Robinson River and conducts an annual trip where a small number of Year 6 and Year 9 students have the opportunity to visit the community.

Carey is committed to the empowerment and development of Indigenous communities around Australia and, by allowing students to engage with Indigenous Australians in Robinson River, we seek to play a part in achieving true reconciliation.

Understanding that educational opportunities are paramount in achieving such reconciliation, Carey now places a teacher from its Kew campus as an assistant in the Robinson River School for one or two terms each year.

The relationship continues with a return trip, usually at the end of Term 3, with a group of students and two staff from the Robinson River School spending time at Carey, within our community.

Learn more about exchanges and tours
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