Cambridge PS is a large modern school with approximately 825 students from over 46 cultural backgrounds. Established in 1992, the school is proud of its commitment to great educational outcomes, the welfare and safety of its students and community.
We pride ourselves on our academic achievements as well as wonderful behaviour that our students are known for. Cambridge PS provides a caring, supportive and challenging environment with a strong and supportive welfare approach to accommodate individual needs of the students and families.
At Cambridge PS we have a strong focus on providing an excellent education to prepare all of our students for globalisation. As many of our students are already bilingual, they will play an important part in the future global world.
The staff here at Cambridge PS are very committed to ongoing professional learning and while we know that a strong focus on teaching and learning is vital we also acknowledge that students need a breadth of experiences to develop all aspects of their personality, talents and skills. Our students are very lucky to have such amazing opportunities for academic and personal growth here at Cambridge PS through the extensive extra-curricular program which allows our students to get involved in music, sport, chess, as well as participate in the camps and excursions program including a cultural camp to South Korea. This is an amazing opportunity for students to develop their intercultural capacity and to learn more about the world and about themselves.
I am privileged to be the Principal of a school such as Cambridge PS, which has a long history of strong academic performance. Our teachers understand what it takes to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully navigate the curriculum as 21st Century learners and fully participate and contribute to an ever changing, global community.
We have established a proud tradition of strong community values: Respect, Integrity, Self-resilience and Excellence. The Staff are passionate about educational success and committed to knowing their learners. We have a supportive and dedicated School Council and parent community who work together with staff to support our students to achieve their absolute full potential.
It is imperative to stimulate all aspects of a child’s developing and inquisitive mind. Our teachers work extremely hard to develop a curriculum that is rich and varied, ensuring all children experience a breadth of experiences to ignite interest and capture engagement.
Teachers are focused on preparing our students for the challenges and opportunities of an ever-changing world. Our values outline our commitment to each student’s personal growth throughout their educational journey at Cambridge PS. Staff provide a wide array of opportunities and genuine care and attention to every child’s learning both in and out of the classroom.
Students learn in vibrant, well-resourced learning environments that promote deep, critical thinking throughout their Primary years. Staff are involved in on-going professional learning that enables them to practice at the cutting edge of educational thought. We are a learning community that embraces innovation, creativity and best practise when it comes to learning and thinking strategies for our students. We seek to provide the best research based education, in developing the whole child.
Our House system is fundamental to building school pride. Each House promotes belonging and inclusion. Our aim is to build a value-rich culture at Cambridge PS that inspires all students to cultivate essential life skills, behaviours and attitudes so that they can be successful, contributing citizens in a global environment.
Whatever their age, students have the opportunity to be involved in lunchtime clubs, performance groups and leadership committees which deepen their experience of school, socially and academically.
Students who graduate from Cambridge PS have the greatest potential to be successful in life. They look back on their time at Cambridge PS with great fondness and treasure the many experiences and opportunities the school has provided them.
I believe that “learning is life long” and that children learn supported by an entire community that models and encourages this philosophy. Here children develop a strong sense that the world they dream of today is what they can make it tomorrow.
If you wish to enrol your child at Cambridge PS, it is preferable that all enrolment queries for 2022 & 2023 please be emailed to the school Enrolments Officer:
T: 03 9748 9011
Once contact has been made, the school Enrolments Officer can forward all relevant enrolment forms/information to you.
Designated Neighbourhood School
Cambridge PS is a Designated Neighbourhood School. Enrolment is open to families whose permanent residential address (at the time of seeking enrolment) resides within the area of the designated neighbourhood school (referred to as a ‘school zone’) boundary as shown on the map below. If your child lives at multiple addresses, their permanent residential address is the address at which they spend most of their weekdays.
To check if your permanent residential address falls within the Cambridge PS school zone:
- Visit the following website: www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au
- Type in your residential address
- Select the year the student will be enrolling
- Select the correct school type
Enrolment applications are open year round. To be eligible to enrol for Prep for 2023, children must have turned 5 years of age by 30th April 2022.
To allow for planning and preparation for the following academic year, parents/carers are asked to submit enrolment applications by the 30th September. This is especially important for parents enrolling their child into Prep, as it will allow teachers to liaise with kindergarten teachers or childcare staff.
We understand that it may not be possible to submit an enrolment application prior to the end of September and wish to reassure parents that enrolments will remain open after this date. However, children who are enrolled later in the year may miss out on attending some or all our planned transition program sessions depending on how late the application is submitted to the school.
Parents/Carers living within the Cambridge PS school zone who wish to enrol their child will be asked to complete a 100-point residential address check. Documents should show the same parent/carer name and residential address as recorded on the enrolment form to verify your child’s permanent residential address.
100-POINT RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS DOCUMENTS
1. One of the following (40 points):
- Council rates notice OR
- Lease agreement through a registered real estate agent of rental board bond receipt OR
- Exchanged contract of sale
2. Any of the following (20 points each):
- Centrelink payment statement showing residential address
- Electoral roll statement
3. Any of the following (15 points each):
- Electricity or gas bill showing the service address*
- Water bill showing the service address*
- Telephone or internet bill showing the service address*
- Driver’s license or government issued ID showing current residential address*
- Home building or home contents insurance showing the service address
- Motor vehicle registration or compulsory third party insurance policy showing home address
* up to 3 months old
Cambridge PS holds a transition program during November and December each year for Prep students commencing at the school in the following calendar year. Parents/carers of enrolling Prep students will be invited to attend several sessions and we strongly encourage parents/carers to bring their child along to each session.
Sessions run for approximately 90 minutes, and during this time children will be able to meet the Prep teachers and other Prep students enrolling at the school, spending some time in the classroom engaging in fun activities.
Starting primary school can be a very daunting experience, and children who attend Prep transition tend to settle into school more easily.
Students enrolling into years 1-6 in the following calendar year will be invited to attend the State-wide Transition Day, usually held in early December each year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all scheduled on-site school tours have been postponed for the foreseeable future. School tours will recommence once schools are able to accept visitors. In the absence of a physical school tour, you can view the ‘Virtual Tour’ video of Cambridge PS below.
Cambridge PS is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.
Cambridge PS strives to equip and empower life long learning that contribute collaboratively to build a positive, inclusive and successful school and community. Our four values of Respect, Integrity, Self-Resilience, and Excellence are taught explicitly within the classroom and across school settings and guide the decisions and behaviours of all members of our school community, including relation to child safety:
- Respect – show care and concern for others
- Integrity – be safe, honest, true, fair and considerate, take responsibility for your actions
- Self-resilience – bouncing back from setback and having a growth mindset
- Excellence – aiming high to be the very best we can
Cambridge PS has zero tolerance for child abuse.
We are committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Our child safe policies, procedures, strategies and practices will be inclusive of the needs of all children, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disabilities, students in out of home care, LGBTI students and children who are vulnerable.
Every person involved in Cambridge PS has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they play individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
CHILD SAFETY PRINCIPLES
In its planning, decision-making and operations, Cambridge PS will:
- Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety
- Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives
- Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children
- Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount
- Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children
- Engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development
- Ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such concerns
- Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities
- Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk
- Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers