Important Dates

Primary Term Dates –
Monday 4 February – Thursday 11 April  


Secondary Term Dates –
Monday 4 February – Wednesday 10 April


16 March – Carey Movie Night: 'Sing' on the Primary Oval

18-22 March – Year 6 Camp
21 March – Harmony Day
26 March – Author Visit: James Foley 
27 March – PPY Grandparents Day
28 March – PPB Grandparents Day
29 March – PPO Grandparents Day and 5N Assembly


Music Lessons


Parents can now see their child's music lesson time for the upcoming week on SEQTA Engage.


If you are unsure of your login details, contact Student Reception or Primary Reception.

Scroll down the sidebar until you reach "Timetable" and click on it to see your child's weekly school timetable appear, with their music lesson shown.


If you have any further queries, please contact your child's tutor directly, or Mrs Sheehy or Mrs Jones in Music Reception.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from Music in the next few weeks – our invoicing system will be getting an overhaul shortly!

Codes of Conduct


As our school year gets under way, we would like to inform you about our new Student Codes of Conduct which have been rolled out across the College. While the registration requirement is for a code of conduct which sets out minimum standards, preventing bullying, harassment and abuse, we have taken the opportunity to develop a code that highlights our values and the behaviours we expect from our students at Carey. 

You will begin to see these documents in different forms around the College. We have separated Primary and Secondary in order to use more simplified language and less explicit concepts for our Primary students. We hope you will partner with us to encourage students to consider their actions in the light of these Codes.

They are available on the College website as well as in various display or print forms. You can access the relevant codes here:

Primary Code of Conduct
Secondary Code of Conduct

The Importance of Reading 


The inaugural Australian Christian's Laureate Foundation Summit was held at the Sibyl Centre at the University of Sydney on 28 February 2019. AISWA offered educators the opportunity to apply for a limited number of sponsorships to attend the Summit. I felt tremendously blessed to be accepted as one of the eleven WA delegates to embark on a whirlwind trip to Sydney for the event.

It was truly inspiring to hear each of the Laureates speak on their experiences as they promoted a love of reading and storytelling around our country, often visiting remote communities to help students create their own stories during each of their two year ‘reigns’.

Our students have been privileged to have not one, but three members of this literary ‘royal family’ visit them in our Library over the years. In talking with my fellow WA delegates, I was excited to discover that this is a rare and precious thing!

I think the most challenging message of the Summit was best summed up by Jackie French, who urged us to “never underestimate the power of story.” This sentiment was echoed by Morris Gleitzman who urged parents and educators to “re-calibrate space and time in your home and classroom so your children can read,” charging us to remember that “a culture that celebrates story has the best chance of advancing in the best way possible.”


Mrs Erin Mazanec – K-12 Literature Specialist


Parent Volunteer Team


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, Miss Natalie Rose, at


Community Garden Projects


The Kindy classes have been keenly watching their pumpkins grow in the Community Garden. Last year's classes planted them to be ready for this year's children to enjoy. We love that even at this young age, our children are leaving a legacy for those coming after them!

They have been excited to pick four fabulous butternut pumpkins and in a few weeks time, they will be making delicious pumpkin scones in class.


Mrs Tanya Hutchinson – Kindergarten Teacher

Year 5 Personal Projects


As part of getting to know each other in a brand new school year, Class 5A loved getting to create visual representations of themselves!

Utilising software that is widely used across our Primary School, they were able to create intricate and individual pieces of work, and had a lot of fun doing choosing words that they believed represented who they were.

Mrs Argue was so impressed on her visit to the class, that she suggested they create pieces specific to the values of Carey. Our very own Rowan took the initiative to create some and we are all very proud of the collaborative efforts that created these pieces of work.


Mrs Janet Austin – Class 5A


Carey Family Movie Night


As part of our 21st birthday celebrations, we invite our Carey families to join us for a movie night on the Primary Oval on Saturday 16 March. Gates open at 6pm and the movie starts at 7pm.


This is a FREE evening with BYO rugs and seating. Please note, this is a no alcohol, no smoking, and no pet event. 


I'm an image

Tomato Sauce Bottles


We are collecting empty, clean sauce bottles for an upcoming Colour Run event in Term 2. If you have any clean 500ml bottles that you're willing to donate, please hand them into Primary Admin.


Sculptures by the Sea


The Year 9 Visual Art and Design students had the opportunity to visit the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Cottesloe. The students curiosity and exploration with all things 'Sculpture' was clearly evident in their Sketches and Sculptures produced in the Sculptural workshop session.


In the workshop, under the guidance of Master Sculptor Akira Kamada, students learnt how to make sculptural shapes using wooden sticks and rolled up magazines. I have never seen Akira more excited with what the Carey students produced as were the Assistants. They also commented on how well the Carey students responded within the workshop and wanted to tell us personally that they were quite amazed by their behaviour and relaxed demeanour.


I was really proud of the way they represented Carey, so well done students. I would also like to thank Mrs Sally Florrison, and Mrs Gillian Robb who made the day so relaxing for all concerned.

Below are some of the sculptures made by students who will now push their ideas further to produce their own unique Sculptures using different materials.

Mr Paul Leeming – Visual Art


Swimming Carnival


This year, the College Inter-house Swimming Carnival was held at HBF Stadium. The day was great fun, as students raced to compete for the winning house cup! Students raced in 50 m freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. Many students also competed in a 4 x 50m freestyle relay and some fantastic novelty events! The athleticism displayed on the day was amazing!


The students in Year Seven and Eight made for great cheer squads as they encouraged their peers to have a go and do their best. Students in Year Nine – Twelve chose to participate in a range of events and did an incredible job of representing their house and the college. Some College staff even had a go at racing in the pool!


The Physical Education Staff are looking forward to the ACC Inter-school event on Thursday 21 March, also to be held at HBF Stadium. We know that the commitment level will be high and that all students who make the team will try their best, and make us very proud on the day!


Miss Amy Taylor – HPE Teacher

From the Assistant Principal- Pastoral Care


The Secondary Pastoral Care team seeks to support the learning and well-being of all our students.

The team consists of Dr Carolyn Montgomery (Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care), Mr Nick Harris (Dean of Pastoral Care), Year Managers (Mr Jason McNamara – Year 7; Mrs Jennifer Roberts – Year 8; Ms Rebecca Bennet – Year 9; Mrs April McElroy – Year 10; Mrs Amanda Rushby – Year 11; and Mr Michael Scadden – Year 12), Mr Kim Chidgzey – Chaplain; Mrs Tracey Grahan – Secondary Psychologist; Mrs Rhona Middleton & Mrs Colleen Steineck; and Mrs Natalie Prince - IEP Facilitator.


Pastoral Care has three goals this year:

• Increase the attendance rate of our secondary students
• Implementing an articulated, evidence-based wellbeing program which includes child protection, Good Standing Status,  team & student leadership development, mental health and wellbeing
• Strengthening our House system

Students need to attend school - not just for legal reasons but also for their learning, wellbeing and sense of belonging. Regular attendance is essential to assist students to maximise their learning potential. The probability of success in learning is strongly linked to regular attendance equal to or greater than 90%.


In addition, student learning is more successful when students are present consistently for the whole school day. Students who arrive “just a few minutes late” may miss out on vital information on the day ahead, including opportunities and events that will enrich their learning and school experience.  


Arriving at school and class on time:
• Ensures that students do not miss out on important learning activities scheduled early in the day
• Helps students learn the importance of punctuality and routine
• Gives students time to greet their friends before class
• Reduces classroom disruption.  

Students who are chronically late to school:

• Develop bad habits around punctuality that can stay with them for life
• Miss a lot of school and run the risk of falling behind
• Partial absences are recorded on College Reports and may be a cause for concern for potential employers

Indicators of students at risk are:

• Frequent lateness
• Leaving school without permission (truancy)
• Unexplained absences

This year we are closely monitoring the attendance rates of all our students.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this or any aspect of Pastoral Care, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dr Carolyn Montgomery – Assistant Principal (Pastoral Care)

Academic Group April Holiday Programs – Year 7-12


Places are now available for the Academic Task Force's Program, running during the April school holidays.


With specific courses for ATAR students, as well as specialised subject support for students in Year 7 to 10, there is something for everyone.


An early bird offer (a discount of 10%) runs out on 25 March, so head to the website to enrol today.

Secondary Assistance Scheme – 2019 Student Allowances


Eligible parents/guardians with students enrolled in Years 7 to 12 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


For forms to apply, or more information, please visit the Accounts Department where our team would love to help you. 


Do you want to come to church? 


You are warmly invited to our Sunday service that's held right here in our Harrisdale auditorium, starting at 9:00am 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 or 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 and 3:00pm.

Located in the Carey Centre – 51 Wright Road, Harrisdale.