Important Dates


Term 1 Dates:

Monday 4 February – Friday 12 April


1 – 12 April: Swimming Lessons: Year 1 to Year 6
12 April: Last day of Term 1


Professional Learning:
Talking for Writing - Dyslexia Speld


Term 2 begins Monday 29 April


Swimming Carnival


Our students in Years 4 – 7 enjoyed a fun day of swimming competition on 7 March, participating in freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke races. They also competed in faction relays and fun novelty events against the parents and teachers.


Our champion faction was Court, followed closely by Flynn, Kennedy and Williams.

Well done to all students who participated and did their best, it was great to see a number of students competing in as many events as possible.


Mrs Erika Gilbert – Physical Education Teacher


Parent Volunteer Opportunities


Are you skilled in areas of administration, finance, translation or events? We have many opportunities at Carey for you to become involved, and we invite you to join our new Community Relations volunteer team! We have lots of exciting initiatives and events planned for the year ahead and would welcome your help and involvement – whether it is for one event or on a more regular basis.


If you are interested or would like more information, please contact our Community Relations Officer, Mrs Joanne Clark at


School Banking is Coming – Parent Volunteers Needed!


We are looking for some parent volunteers to help us with the launch and ongoing running of school banking. We are currently talking to Bendigo Bank (Byford branch) about school banking being offered at Carey Forrestdale for all students commencing early Term 2.


If you are available from 8:00am each Thursday morning for approximately 45 minutes, please email me or drop in to see me. If you are unable to commit to every Thursday, we would still love to hear from you.


We are looking forward to sharing the school banking program with our families to encourage life long savings habits for our children as they grow!


Mrs Joanne Clark – Enrolments and Community Relations Officer


Harmony Day

Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural Diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. The message of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’ and the Day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster a sense of belonging for everyone


Last week our Primary School was ablaze with colour and incredible outfits and the students loved having the opportunity to participate in different activities, eat food and all the fun that the day entailed.


It was amazing to see so many cultures and countries represented and reinforced to us how lucky we are to have such a multicultural school.


Many thanks to all of the staff and teachers who for all the work that went into organising and preparing for all the activities and fun that was had.


Visiting Authors Alison Lester and Jane Godwin


Last week, the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) brought two authors to visit our Year 1 students. Alison Lester and Jane Godwin came to school and showed us some of the stories they have written.


We saw how they used drawings from school children at Rawa Community School in the Great Sandy Desert to illustrate their book ‘Monster Party’ which is a story is about different monsters who come and have a party at Dora Lake. 

We listened to their story of ‘The Silver Sea’ and received six autographed copies for our school. The illustrations in this book were drawn by some of the sick children in the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Inspired by their work, we made our own mural. We began by each drawing a sea creature in crayon and then painting it in water colours. When it was dry, we cut it out and decorated it with jewels and combined all of our work onto a large background to make a class underwater mural. We loved having both of these very talented ladies come and visit, and hope to write a story to go with the mural and to make more murals soon.


Mrs Carolyn Dorsman – Year 1 Teacher


Forrestdale Garden


The start of a new part of our great school is finally on its way! With Mr Montgomery's help, the garden is coming together really well and our team work is making it ten times easier and faster. By the end of the year we will have a well functioning garden with fruits and vegetables growing in them

In Horticulture we have been placing garden beds and filling them up with veggie potting soil. It has been very physical and lots of hard work.

"There are no gardening mistakes only experiments" – Jeanette Kilburn Phillips


Anthony Jacobs and Jorja Marsh – Year 7 students



Secondary Assistance Scheme – 2019 Student Allowances


Eligible parents/guardians with students enrolled in Year 7 studying a full-time secondary course at a WA non government school will be able to apply for the Secondary Assistance Scheme (SAS) in 2019. 


This scheme consists of two allowances- an Education Payment Allowance that is made to the school, and a Clothing Allowance that is given to the parent/guardian.


To claim, you must hold one of the following cards, valid for a period of no less than four weeks:

• Department of Human Services (Centrelink) Health Care Card

• Department of Human Services (Centrelink) Pensioner Concession Card

• Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card


Forms must be submitted by 12 April. To apply or more information, please visit Reception and speak to Helen.


Do you want to come to church? 


You are warmly invited to our Sunday service that is held right here in our Forrestdale auditorium, starting at 10am each week.


There is a vibrant kids program as well. We'd love to see you!


If you need more information please feel free to ask at Reception, call the Church Office on 9394 9155 or email



Support for your young family


Parenting Support Services  |  Free for all families to access
Upcoming parenting topics are ideal for pre-school aged children and a FREE service to all local families. Bring your child along, no RSVP needed.


Community Nurse available for any parent queries!
Do you want your baby weighed, measured or some helpful advice? Pop in on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday between 9:00am - 3:00pm.

Located in the Carey Centre – 51 Wright Road, Harrisdale