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Carey Baptist College - Harrisdale
51 Wright Road
Perth South
(08) 9394 9111

 An International Baccalaureate World School

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Ms Tracy Holmes – Executive Principal
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Primary through Secondary
  • Multiple School Locations
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Gifted & Talented Program

Carey Baptist College Perth, is a co-educational College catering for Kindergarten to Year 12.

The Harrisdale Campus was established in 1998 and has since grown into a leading co-educational Christian school in Perth’s south-east, offering education from Kindergarten to Year 12. Carey Harrisdale educates over 1,500 students on 12 hectares of land and is well-known for its holistic education and passionate local community.
Our educators strive to see children flourish in the Australian Curriculum. Our teachers use a variety of different teaching methodologies to inspire learning and connection towards the core curriculum concepts. Our open-door policy encourages parents and students to speak with the classroom teacher about any issues.

The Assistant Principal, along with our Learning Support team and Class Teacher, all partner together to ensure your child learns well. Parents receive learning updates through class newsletters, bi-annual academic reports, teacher-parent interviews and Learning Journey classroom tour events held twice yearly.
Primary and Secondary Joint Facilities Include:

• Teasdale iCentre: Our state-of-the-art Teasdale iCentre and library is the hub of the Campus. Kindergarten through to Year 12 access this facility and engage with its resources and staff. The iCentre provides a social space to meet, collaborate, research, learn, share, and relax.

• College Auditorium: Seating up to 1,000 people, our auditorium hosts assemblies and major events and is also home to Carey Baptist Church Harrisdale.

• The campus is also home to Carey Baptist Church Harrisdale, Timber Café and Jump Carey Early Development.

Primary School Facilities Include:

• Purpose built Kindergarten and Pre-Primary classrooms with built-in toilets and large fenced outdoor play spaces.

• A large Primary Art Room, Music Room, LOTE rooms, and Curriculum Support classrooms.

• A full-sized oval, large playground, cubby-fort area, and undercover play space.

• State-of-the-art undercover gymnasium space including a full-sized court.

• The Carey Community Garden and Aviary.

• FlatChat on-site Speech Therapy.

Secondary School Facilities Include:

• Core-Curriculum and elective dedicated classrooms and studios.

• A large purpose-built Science Centre with a lab technician space and courtyard.

• A two-storey Arts Centre with Woodwork, Metalwork, Music classrooms and practice spaces.

• An expansive Health and Physical Education building that includes a gymnasium, change rooms, fitness centre and indoor courts.

• A Dance and Visual Arts Hub.

Relationships are foundational to how we approach Pastoral Care at Carey. We invest in each child’s character and grow an attitude towards resilience, perseverance, problem solving, mindfulness and peace-making.

The Build-up Zone (BUZ) Program integrates with our school culture and teaches social and emotional life skills to each student. The course covers topics such as understanding emotion, self-regulation, communication with friends, and conflict resolution.

Our Pastoral Care Program is both relational and consistent with high behavioural expectations. Carey’s values seek to guide a child’s character and behaviour as we work to create an environment where each student has the opportunity to flourish.

Our Chaplain provides relevant learning opportunities that align with the Bible and our values. The Chaplain also facilitates programs to support student’s social and emotional wellbeing.

Harrisdale Campus


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Scholarships

GATE Program and Scholarships

Secondary School Only

Carey’s GATE pathway provides gifted and talented students with a stimulating and challenging STEM learning environment. This empowers them with the knowledge and skills to succeed and adapt to a changing world where demand for STEM experience is high and will continue to increase into the future.

The program incorporates 21st Century learning strategies focusing on project/problem solving and inquiry-based learning. Students are encouraged to excel in their areas of academic talent and develop a love of learning.

The program comprises four components which will involve each of the four STEM disciplines. Each of these occur within a context. Carey works with organisations such as Curtin University, Murdoch University and industry to deliver this program.

Applications are closed for the Year 7 2024 Program. Applications for the Year 7 2025 Program will open in late 2023.


Music Scholarships

GATE Program and Scholarships

Secondary School Only

The Music Specialist program is aimed at students with demonstrated experience and a passion to further their Music studies. Carey’s highly respected Music Department offers Music education in a variety of genres, including Contemporary Popular Music, Western Art/Classical Music, Jazz Music and Musical Theatre.

Students participate in a variety of music ensembles and bands and are provided with multiple opportunities to perform during the year – on-site, across Perth and Western Australia, and in National Competitions.

Carey Baptist College has active connections with WAAPA (W.A. Academy of Performing Arts), U.W.A. School of Music and the James Morrison Academy, with many Carey Music students accepted into these tertiary institutions following graduation from Carey.

Applications are closed for the Year 7 2024 Program. Applications for the Year 7 2025 Program will open in late 2023.


Academic Excellence Scholarships 

GATE Scholarships

Secondary School Only

Carey’s GATE pathway provides gifted and talented students with an academic excellence program designed to create an environment where academically able students can be challenged and extended to attain the highest levels of excellence. Recipients of this scholarship will have consistently demonstrated an excellent academic standard and potential in a number of areas, particularly in English, Humanities and/or the Arts.

Students will participate in a Year 7 program that offers variety, engagement and challenge. Carey has developed a curriculum that is full of hands-on, innovative activities which are designed not only to engage the students, but also to encourage creativity and ways of learning that will benefit their later years of study.

Applications are closed for the Year 7 2024 Program. Applications for the Year 7 2025 Program will open in late 2023.


The William Carey Scholarship

Secondary School Only

The William Carey Scholarship was created to offer educational opportunities for students who are either first-generation descendants of a refugee or are refugees themselves. It is a means-tested scholarship for eligible families on a limited income.

This scholarship is named after the pioneering Baptist missionary William Carey, who famously urged, ‘Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God’. Carey is remembered as a father of modern missions, a gifted linguist and educator and was responsible for translating the Bible into 44 different languages and dialects.


Carey Right Track Scholarship

Secondary School Only

The purpose of Carey Right Track Foundation Scholarship is to empower future indigenous leaders through educational opportunities at Carey Baptist College. The scholarships are awarded to indigenous students displaying leadership potential and a commitment to being positive role models within and beyond the Carey Community.

The vision of the Carey Right Track Foundation is to increase educational, leadership and community service aspirations and ability in young indigenous and remote people through developing their natural talents, leadership capacity and academic potential in the context of a Christian witness and community.

The Carey Right Track Scholarship is a means-tested scholarship for eligible families on a limited income.


A Week in AFP Forensic Science: Year 11 Workplace Learning

A Week in AFP Forensic Science: Year 11 Workplace Learning

Year 11 student Tegan Du Ross recently embarked on a unique Workplace Learning placement in Canberra as part of the Australian Federal Police Forensic Work Experience Program. 

The program is highly sought after and Tegan was one of only 13 students across Australia (out of 1300 applicants) selected to participate! 

The program gives students in Years 10 to 12 an insight into a forensic science career with the AFP, exploring crime scene examinations, fingerprint examinations, digital forensics, facial identification and firearm examinations. 

We asked Tegan to tell us about this fantastic experience: 

What made you want to apply for the AFP Forensics Work Experience Program? 

The program stated that it was for students who wanted to pursue a career in STEM and particularly forensic science. I am currently completing a Cert III in Cyber Security and needed a program that explored the world of digital forensics (fingerprint databases, facial identification) as it benefited my future career. 

The program itself seemed exciting and intriguing to me. I have always enjoyed forensic science, although I didn’t imagine ever working in that environment. Yet, I wanted to challenge myself by participating in a program like this to experience what it would be like. 

I had to apply for the position myself and had the support of Mr Pollock and my family. Over 1,300 people applied ranging from Year 10’s to Year 12’s from all across Australia. However, only 13 people were selected.

What was the highlight of your week? 

The highlight of my week was participating in Mock Crime Scene Examinations. Crime scene examinations were new to me and to be able to get involved in it was amazing.

The 13 students were placed into groups of three. They took turns writing notes, packaging evidence, taking photos of the crime scene/evidence, swabbing for DNA using wet and dry swabs, using UV lights for suspicious markings and using magnetic powder to reveal unknown fingerprints.

Overall, it was fun to explore the steps taken in crime scene examinations.

How did you find the experience overall? 

It was great! The students enlisted in the program were friendly and chill, always listening to what others had to say. I felt included in the group of students and felt heard when collaborating on ideas. 

Each day I was eager to get out and see what the program had in store for me. The program itself was one of a kind and was very informative.

I would highly recommend any young people who are interested in STEM to apply.

Tegan was also interviewed for a WIN News Canberra story about her experience in the program.


Carey Year 12 Student Selected for National Physics Team

Carey Year 12 Student Selected for National Physics Team

Congratulations to Year 12 student Owen Yandell who has been selected to the Australian national team to compete in the international Online Young Physicists Tournament (OYPT). 

Owen performed outstandingly in the IYPT Australia Challenge and was then invited to the National Team, forming part of a five-student team to take part in the tournament from 3 August to 6 August. 

This is a prestigious international physics contest among high school students and we’re very proud of Owen. In a process that is very close to real-life research, students are given authentic problems which they work on for a few months. They then engage in live debates on their research with other teams. 

Owen will be joined by Mr Gideon Choo, STEM Director, who will also serve as Team Leader for the Australian team. They will be travelling to Brisbane to work with the rest of the team in August. 

We wish them all the best!

Photo Credit: Armadale Examiner
Owen was interviewed for an article in the Armadale Examiner. 

ACC Cross Country 2023

ACC Cross Country 2023

On Thursday 1 June, 36 of our fastest long-distance runners from the Secondary School participated in the annual ACC Cross Country at Perry Lakes Reserve. It was a fantastic day which saw a break from the rain with warm, sunny weather.

Eighty-one schools from all over Western Australia took part and it was great to see the students chatting and mixing with these other schools and catching up with friends as the day went on.

We are very proud of the fantastic effort from all our athletes on the day and are very happy to announce we had three students placed within the top 30 students of their age category this year, which is an amazing achievement.

In the U/16’s, Eliot Wardrobe placed 30th out of 331 students. In the U/23’s Liam Domoney placed 20th out of 342 students and beat his inter-house time by over 11 seconds. Lastly, Laila O’Connor placed 15th out of 341 students in the U14’s, beating her inter-house time by a massive 37 seconds.

The day was a resounding success, with all the students and staff having a great time as they cheered on their schoolmates and ran to the best of their abilities. We are very excited for next year and can’t wait to see what the future holds for our athletes at Carey.


Year 11 Outdoor Education Hike 

Year 11 Outdoor Education Hike 

Week 3 of the term saw the Year 11 Outdoor Education students head down to the beautiful Southwest to engage in a self-sufficient hike in Walpole. 

Twenty-eight students and five staff took on the challenge of hiking 35km with everything they needed for the three-day journey including cooking equipment, shelter, food, clothing and personal equipment. On average students’ packs started around 18kg with one student’s pack coming in just under 30kg!! 

Students had an opportunity to lead a section of the hike with a partner at some point in the journey using a planned route they had developed in class during the term. Skills were certainly tested as they interpreted the track and environment which became even more difficult on Wednesday when a cold front blew through and dropped 12mm of rain on the group.  

The wind was also up so the rain was coming in horizontally at times. It was a very challenging day hiking in such conditions. The next day saw the students waking up at 3:30am, packing up camp and starting hiking pre-dawn. The effort was all worth it when we summited Hush Hush Hill to see the sun rise and the stars fade away. 

From the top of Hush Hush Hill, the students hiked another 10kms to get to the base of Mount Clare – its summit forming the finish line of the hike. The sense of achievement on the faces of the students as they got to the top of the mountain, was fantastic. 

Their reward for participating in the hike was a boat cruise on the Walpole and Nornorlup inlets with world-famous Gary Muir of WOW Eco Cruises. He is an amazing character, full of knowledge and passion for the environment. A ‘must do’ activity if you ever find yourself in Walpole. The lemon cake alone is worth the drive. 

Outdoor Education students in Year 11 are now continuing their studies developing skills necessary for abseiling into Z-Bend Gorge and paddling the Murchison River in Kalbarri next term.  

– Mr Corey May | Director of Outdoor Education


Journey to Meekatharra: Carey Right Track Foundation

Journey to Meekatharra: Carey Right Track Foundation

The Carey Right Track Foundation works to empower indigenous, rural and remote communities through athletics. Secondary Teacher Graeme Watson is the CEO of Carey Right Track. Together with a team of passionate volunteers, he’s been partnering with the Meekatharra community for over eight years to deliver athletics programs.

Mr Watson shared the story about the amazing painting featured above and highlights from the most recent trip to Meekatharra in the April school holidays.

“The painting was done on the Meekatharra Youth Centre wall by Meekatharra artists Andrew and Robert Binsiar and the town’s youth with support from Carey Right Track Foundation volunteers and students.

The painting tells the story of the relationship between Carey Right Track Foundation and the Meekatharra community. The landscape and sunset show the natural beauty of the remote, harsh environment. The white (Carey Right Track) and ochre (Meekatharra Community) dots show the journey and coming together at the meeting place.

The handprints were done by the Right Track volunteers and the Meekatharra community. The combined white and ochre prints by community leader Ando and Carey Right Track CEO Graeme Watson represent working together with mutual respect to provide purpose and opportunities for young people.”

Meekatharra School Holiday Trip 

Over the April school holidays, staff and students from Carey, in partnership with Carey Right Track Foundation, travelled to Meekatharra to support the Meekatharra Youth Services team in running school holiday programs.

After enduring the 9-hour bus ride, the team set up swags in the Recreation Centre before heading to the Youth Centre to play basketball and get to know the young people of Meekatharra and the surrounding areas.

Over the next three days, they enjoyed running and kicking footies, doing art and cooking food, watching footy and playing cards with many rounds of Exploding Kittens.

During the afternoons and evenings, we spent time at the Youth Centre and the Recreation Centre playing basketball, indoor cricket, football and athletics games.

The team did an incredible job representing the College and all agreed the best thing about the trip was making friends with the young people from Meekatharra and my daughter Sarai’s cookies!

We’re excited to be able to host Meekatharra school students and staff at the end of this term during our annual X-Over program.

– Mr Graeme Watson | CEO of Carey Right Track Foundation


Generations in Jazz 2023

Generations in Jazz 2023

With much excitement, fifteen Carey music students and three staff members travelled to Mount Gambier in South Australia for the 34th annual Generations in Jazz festival on 4 May. 

It was the first in-person event since 2019 after it was cancelled because of the pandemic. It is a weekend of competitive adjudicated performances, concerts featuring international and national jazz and contemporary artists, workshops with these artists, and an amazing opportunity for 4000 like-minded music students from around Australia to come together to play music and be inspired. 

This year, Carey entered two bands in the Small Jazz Ensemble division and a choir in the Open Small Vocal Ensemble division. Results from the competition were very encouraging, with one ensemble receiving 2nd place overall (featuring Janelle, Ella, Ethan, Zac and special guest Daniel) and the other small ensemble and the choir receiving 5th placings.

Other memorable moments from the tour included the Saturday night concert featuring Swedish superband ‘Dirty Loops,’ the performances of guest artists Thando and Adam Lopez, Mr Florisson’s expert tour guide information and a day spent in Melbourne visiting the MCG and the DFOs at Spencer Street.

The students performed admirably and represented themselves and Carey beautifully, with Janelle and myself also being interviewed about the festival for ABC News and ABC local radio. 

The results from this year’s festival continue a strong tradition of excellence that our ensembles and students have delivered for many years. In previous years we have had big bands, small jazz ensembles and vocal ensembles win their divisions or place in the top three. Several students have been finalists in the James Morrison Scholarship, Australia’s premier and most lucrative award for young jazz musicians (former student Jayden Blockley won this prestigious award in 2019). 

Thank you to the Music staff that guided these students through many rehearsals and all the festival preparation (Miss Andrea Onamade, Mr Florisson and Mr Thompson). 

For a chance to hear these ensembles perform the pieces they presented in Mt Gambier, make sure you save the date of Thursday 29 June, when our students will take over the Ellington Jazz Club for one night!  More details to follow soon.      

– Mr Bruce Thompson | Head of Music


Small Jazz Combo 1 (Someday Soon – Janelle Komakech, Ella Dawson, Zac Catalan, Ethan Ramirez, Daniel Grochowski)
2nd Place (out of 15 Ensembles)

Small Jazz Combo 2 (Hallelujah Selepe, Caitlin Fenwick, Charlie Breheney, Bailey Birt, Daniel Grochowski)
5th Place (out of 20 Ensembles)

Small Vocal Ensemble – Open Division (Faith Clarke, Caleb Marlow, Claire Mndebele, Naomi Prince, Shanaya Brahma, Janelle Komakech, Hallelujah Selepe)

5th Place (out of 12 Small Vocal Ensembles)


Bright Minds Compete in da Vinci Decathlon Competition 

Bright Minds Compete in da Vinci Decathlon Competition 

Thirty-two of our Academic Excellence and GATE STEM students from Years 7 to 10 recently participated in the da Vinci Decathlon event at Winthrop Hall, UWA.

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines.

There were 20 or more teams in each year group at the event, hosted by Methodist Ladies College. Many schools with top-ranked academic programs were taking part. It was a thrilling competition with highly creative and skilled answers to the problems posed.

We are delighted to share that our Year 9 students achieved podium finishes in two categories. They came 2nd place in Ideation and 3rd place in Codebreaking.

Congratulations also to our Year 7, 8 and 10 students who participated with enthusiasm and resilience throughout their rounds.

– Mr Gideon Choo | Director of STEM 


Ayda a Finalist in the Lester Prize Youth Awards

Ayda a Finalist in the Lester Prize Youth Awards

The Lester Prize for Portraiture Youth Awards presentation was held on 27 April and it was a privilege to attend with Year 9 student Ayda Zhu and her family.

Ayda was selected as a finalist for her self-portrait titled ‘The Things I Like’.

It was a full house as eager students and parents waited for the winners to be announced. ‘Famous Sharron’ the MC, did an excellent job of bringing light entertainment to the event.

It was amazing to see all the excellent creative portraits produced by students from schools around Australia who were selected. I was extremely proud of Ayda whose passion and talent for visual art is clearly evident.

Although Ayda didn’t win a prize, it’s an outstanding achievement to be selected in this prestigious national portraiture competition!

Ayda’s work, along with the other finalists, is on display at the WA Museum Gallery until 16 July.

– Mr Paul Leeming | Visual Art Coordinator


Award Recipients for College Honours and Colours in Academic Excellence

Award Recipients for College Honours and Colours in Academic Excellence

At last week’s Secondary Assembly, we presented College Honours and Colours Awards for Academic Excellence.

Academic Honours are awarded to students who have already received Academic Colours, who continue to achieve excellence and who have represented the College, state or Australia in competitions involving excellence in an academic area.

We congratulate Honours recipients Owen Yandell and Kaya Jury for their exceptional achievements – Owen in the field of Science and Kaya in the Arts area.

Three students received Colours Awards for demonstrated excellence in the area of Academics. Congratulations to Hannah Bhullar, Elroy Cargill and Nakita Torok.


Carey Aviary Featured in Australian Birdkeeper Magazine

Carey Aviary Featured in Australian Birdkeeper Magazine

An article on our school aviary has been featured in the latest edition of the Australian Birdkeeper Magazine. 

The article was written by Year 9 student Naomi Prince, who instigated the development of the aviary in the Primary School garden when she was in Year 4! 

Naomi’s grandad is Bernie O’Leary, an avid birdkeeper who managed the development of the aviary and continues to volunteer his time to show our students the wonder of these birds! 

Congratulations to Naomi on having this article published in a national magazine and for continuing to spread the word about this very worthwhile project! 

Click here to read the Australian Birdkeeper Article. 

When children feel safe and loved, their capacity to learn is greater.

Our Primary School is a nurturing community where excellence in education is combined with strong pastoral care.

Our Primary School is a community who genuinely cares for the education and wellbeing of each and every child. We believe that each child is made in the image of God, and therefore has intrinsic worth and value. Children are created and designed with a plan and a purpose, and part of our role as educators is to discover and nurture the strengths and unique abilities each child possesses.

This belief underpins our values – it is why we have respect for each other, why we aim to be kind, humble and courageous, and why we need to have integrity.

At Carey, our culture is all about belonging and doing life together. With God at the centre of all we do, we see students flourish and thrive.

We actively partner with parents in the education of their child. Together, we have created a strong and supportive community committed to raising children who positively contribute to the world with compassion and a heart for others.

I warmly invite you to join us on an upcoming tour or to enquire with our Enrolments team and experience our vibrant community.

Ms Kellie Cockram

Principal, Primary School

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