The learning program from Year 7 to 9 is designed to help students find their passions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
As an open entry school, Carey attracts students with a wide range of abilities. At any given time, the school population includes students who require extension or intervention beyond the classroom. Student 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.
The Student Development team includes psychologists, counsellors, specialised care professionals, special needs teachers, talent development educators, nurses, chaplains and career counsellors, and focuses on two main areas: Talent Development and Learning Development.
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 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