Carey Baptist Grammar School

Carey Baptist Grammar School, commonly known as Carey, is a private, co-educational, Baptist day school in Victoria, Australia.

Carey Baptist Grammar School
Coordinates37°48′53″S 145°02′51″E / 37.81472°S 145.04750°E / -37.81472; 145.04750
TypePrivate, co-educational, Christian day school
MottoLatin: Animo et Fide
(With Courage and Faith)
Established1923; 101 years ago (1923)[1][2]
FounderLeonard Tranter
PrincipalJonathan Walter
Teaching staff256.6[3]
Enrolment2,434[3] (2020)
Colour(s)Black, blue and gold    
SongCarry the Flame (since 2023)
PublicationThe Chronicle & The Torch
AffiliationAssociated Public Schools of Victoria

The school has five campuses: Kew (ELC to Year 12), Donvale (ELC to Year 6), the Carey Sports Complex in Bulleen, the Carey Sport Complex in Kew and an outdoor education camp near Paynesville in eastern Gippsland called Carey Toonallook.

Carey is affiliated with the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[4] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[5] the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV),[6] and has been a member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS) since 1958.[7] The school has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) since 1997.[8]


First day, 1923 outside Urangeline House

Founded in 1923, the school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 2,500 students from ELC to Year 12.[9][better source needed]

In 1971, the William Carey Chapel was opened. The design was led by the chaplain of the school at the time, Alan Wright. The chapel was paid for by the 'Forward Carey' Appeal of 1960. Construction began in 1969. In 2020, the chapel was declared heritage listed by the local Boroondara Council.[10][failed verification]

The school began co-education in 1979 when girls entered Years 11 and 12.[9][better source needed] By 2011, the school achieved an even gender split between boys and girls.[2][better source needed]

The school celebrated its centenary year in 2023 with various celebrations throughout the year.[11][better source needed] Carey purchased the Kalimna mansion from nearby Preshil in 2024.[12]



There have been eight principals (formerly headmasters before 1989) since the school was founded in 1923. The current principal is Jonathan Walter, since January 2020.[13]

Principals / Headmasters of Carey
Years served Name
1923–1944 Harold G. Steele
1945–1947 Vivian F.O. Francis
1948–1964 Stuart L. Hickman
1965–1989 Gerard L. Cramer AM[14]
1990–2001 Ross H. Millikan
2002–2010 Phil W. de Young OAM[15]
2010–2019 Phillip M. Grutzner[16]
2020–present Jonathan C. Walter[17]



See also



  1. ^ Rees, F.D. (2022). Mervyn Himbury: Principal and Preacher. Wipf & Stock Publishers. p. 140. ISBN 978-1-6667-9132-7. Retrieved 24 April 2023.
  2. ^ a b Carey Baptist Grammar School. “Carey Baptist Grammar School,” 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Carey Baptist Grammar School, Kew, VIC". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority and. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  4. ^ "JSHAA Victorian Directory of Members". Victoria Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  5. ^ "Victoria". Schools. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  6. ^ "Carey Baptist Grammar School". Find a School. Association of Independent Schools of Victoria. 2007. Archived from the original on 18 February 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  7. ^ "Carey Baptist Grammar School". Australian Schools. Study in Australia. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  8. ^ "Carey Baptist Grammar School". IB World Schools. International Baccalaureate Organization. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  9. ^ a b "Our History | Carey Baptist Grammar School". Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  10. ^ “BOROONDARA PLANNING SCHEME.” Accessed February 1, 2023.
  11. ^ Carey Baptist Grammar School. “Carey Baptist Grammar School,” 2023.
  12. ^ O'Brien, Susie (15 July 2024). "Carey Grammar purchases Kalimna mansion from struggling Preshil Secondary School in Kew". Herald Sun. Retrieved 18 July 2024.
  13. ^ "Our Principal". Carey Baptist Grammar School. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  14. ^, 2023.
  15. ^ "Australian Honours Search Facility". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 26 January 2023. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  16. ^ "From the Headmaster, Phillip Grutzner". Melbourne Grammar School. 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  17. ^ "Meet our Principal". Carey Baptist Grammar School.
  18. ^ Peppin, Hayley (19 November 2023). "Kanye West and Bianca Censori reportedly "taking a break"". Harper's Bazaar Australia. Retrieved 10 February 2024.

Further reading

  • Penrose, Helen (2023) Torchbearers: A Centenary History of Carey Baptist Grammar School (HistorySmiths)
  • Reed, Raymond S (2018) Carey Was Our Home: The Carey Boarding House 1923–1951 (Carey Baptist Grammar School)
  • Morgan, David (2010) The Years Unfold: A History of the Old Carey Grammarians Association (L & R Print Services)
  • Wright, Alan R (2006) A Chaplain Remembers: Lifelong reflections on the educational and spiritual values shaping the William Carey Chapel (Westgate Publishing)
  • Small, Michael R (1997) Urangeline: Voices of Carey 1923–1997 (Playwright Publishing)
  • Sayers, Stuart (1973) By Courage and Faith: The First Fifty Years at Carey Baptist Grammar School (Melbourne, The Hawthorn Press)