Growth Through Learning
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Cambridge Primary School strives to equip and empower lifelong learners that contribute collaboratively to build a positive, inclusive and successful school and community.
Cambridge PS is a large modern school with approximately 800 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.
Cambridge PS has an active student leadership team. It consists of School Captains, House Captains and a team of Junior School Councillors who are nominated by their peers from across Years 4, 5 and 6.
Junior School Councillors work with nominated staff members to implement school improvement projects and raise awareness of various social justice projects. They develop leadership skills to become responsible role models.
Our student leadership team is led by our School Captains from Year 6. At the end of Year 5, students prepare and present a speech to their peers, Principal and Assistant Principals explaining how they plan to best represent their peers and school community. They will also explain how they will contribute to the achievement of our school’s vision, mission, values and goals.
The School Captains at Cambridge PS work collaboratively with the Principal and Assistant Principals to conduct school assemblies and also play an important role in representing the school community at events such as Enrolment Week, Prep Transition and School Council.
Cambridge PS has four Houses – Carruthers (Blue), Westmill (Yellow), Dowling (Red) and Barber (Green). House Captains are voted by their peers each year to participate in an active interview process that assesses their physical, leadership and teamwork abilities. The House Captains assist the Physical Education teachers in all aspects of the sport, health and physical education program, including setting up for interschool sports, the athletics carnival, breaktime borrowing, the mini Olympics and Footy Day.
If you wish to enrol your child at Cambridge PS, it is preferable that all enrolment queries for 2023 & 2024 please be emailed to the school Enrolments Officer:
E: [email protected]
T: 03 9748 9011
Once contact has been made, the school Enrolments Officer can forward all relevant enrolment forms/information to you.
Please also see the Victorian Government ‘Starting School’ webpage, which contains information for families on how to enrol their child in a Victorian government school and outlines the timeframes for submitting Foundation (Prep) enrolment applications for the future school year.
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, children must have turned 5 years of age by April 30th in the year of enrolment/commencement at the school.
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 are currently opening places for 2024 Prep enrolment tours. Please use the following link to secure a place: https://forms.gle/LNSHGKBgZRDZkFV77
Tours will be taking place on the dates below:
Wednesday, 10th May at 4:00pm
Wednesday, 24th May at 6:00pm
Wednesday, 7th June at 4:00pm
Please note that all tours will contain the same information, so there is no requirement to attend more than one.
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.
At Cambridge PS, we pride ourselves on our excellent achievements in literacy and our passion for learning. We, as teachers, work together in Professional Learning Communities to develop our knowledge and skills as leaders of literacy learning. We work in teams to plan our literacy program and then work together to assess the achievements of our students. This constant focus on the learning that is happening in our school allows us to refine our lessons and differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of every student. Importance is placed on all staff working together to keep abreast of best practice and current research in teaching of literacy.
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.
Literacy and numeracy are key life skills that enable students to learn and thrive in all curriculum areas. Success in these foundational areas at Cambridge PS will benefit students for the rest of their lives.
The Victorian Curriculum ensures that students are better equipped to deal with our changing world. The curriculum includes a strong focus on the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy, personal and social skills and new areas of learning.
At Cambridge PS, our LOTE program helps students to develop an understanding of the Italian language and culture.
Students will practice pronouncing words and short sentences with others and will gain confidence with unfamiliar Italian words.
The students will learn to count in Italian, basic greetings, colours, animals and much more. The LOTE classroom is an engaging space with displays, posters and student work that are ever changing with the students interests and topics.
Physical & Health Education
At Cambridge PS we believe in making sure that all of our community members, and in particular our students, are active and healthy citizens. We place a strong emphasis on physical and health education and our students are exposed to this via weekly Physical Education lessons delivered by specialist teachers.
Students at Cambridge PS engage in whole school events such as our annual Cross Country, Athletics Carnival and our Mini Olympics day.
As a school we are involved with inter-school sporting events that are organised by School Sport Victoria. This involves both Winter and Summer sports such as T-Ball, Volleyball, Football, Cricket, Netball and Basketball.
Carruthers – Blue
Barber – Green
Dowling – Red
Westmill – Yellow
Visual Art is a vital component in the development of the whole child. The Visual Art program at Cambridge PS aims to provide students with the skills, techniques and processes needed to design and create a wide variety of artworks. Students have the opportunity to build upon their skills and knowledge while being immersed in the Visual Arts of different times, countries and cultures, as well as indigenous, traditional and contemporary Australian Art. Students are encouraged to share and discuss their own work and that of their peers. Tasks are often open ended, encouraging student choice, experimentation and creative thinking.
Prep – Year 6 students participate in weekly art sessions, organised by a specialist Visual Art teacher, for one semester each year.
Bravehearts (Prep & Year 1)
Camp Program (Prep – 6)
Cybersafety (Years 2 – 6)
Interschool Sports (Year 6)
Personal Development; Knowing and Growing (Years 5 & 6)
School Nursing program (Wyndham City Council)
Student Leadership (Years 4 – 6)
Special Breakfast Club events
Education and Book Week
1:1 BYOD Apple iPad
Cambridge PS operates a 1:1 BYOD Apple iPad program (established in 2013) with student participation encouraged for Years 1-6.
Cambridge PS has partnered with JB HI-FI Education, who will be providing an online portal allowing parents/carers to purchase an iPad and select accessories with an education discount, and we welcome you to take advantage of the offer should you wish to.
To purchase via the JB HI-FI Education online portal:
– Browse to the portal via the following link… https://jbeducation.com.au/byod
– Enter the School BYOD Code, CambridgePS24
More information around purchasing through JB HI-FI Education can be found in the BYOD Toolkit for Parents document.
Alternatively, iPad devices may be sourced independently. If you choose to source your own iPad device, we recommend one with these minimum specifications:
- 64GB storage
- iPad 8th Generation (despite the physical size, a ‘mini’ is not recommended)
**NOTE** Although previous generation iPads will still function, there will be less years that older devices will be supported for iPadOS software/security and app store application updates. If you are purchasing an iPad, it’s best practice to obtain the latest generation available, especially if the expected lifespan of the device is to be 3years+.
There are many different ways to purchase an iPad, however we advise that you purchase from a trusted Apple reseller/retailer.
Apple Refurbished Online Store
Apple has refurbished iPad products available periodically to the general public that are tested and certified with a 1-year warranty:
- Quality products at great prices
- Rigorous refurbishment process prior to sale
- Covered by Apple’s one-year limited warranty
- Covered by Apple’s 14-day returns policy
- AppleCare+ product can be purchased
- Supplies are limited
Third Party Sellers (eBay, Gumtree, local advertisement, mobile phone repair stores)
Please be cautious when purchasing a device from a third party, as it may not contain warranty or could be potentially set in ‘lost’ or ‘locked’ mode and will not work without the original owners online account credentials.
While you may obtain an iPad at a cheaper price, it may not be the original screen or the warranty could be voided, meaning that Apple will not service the product in the event anything goes wrong with it.
AppleCare+ for iPad
We recommend the additional purchase of AppleCare+ for peace of mind. AppleCare+ increases the warranty to a minimum of 2years in total and includes unlimited incidents of accidental damage protection for a small fee per incident. Note that AppleCare+ must be purchased within 60days of a new iPad purchase.
More information can be found at the following link: https://www.apple.com/au/support/products/ipad/
We also recommend the purchase of a hard case for the iPad to offer an increased level of protection for the device whilst your child is in attendance at school.
Mobile Device Management (MDM) Enrolment
In order to connect to the WiFi network at Cambridge PS, BYOD iPad devices are required to be enrolled in the schools MDM system. The MDM system allows the school to automatically deploy network configurations and apps assigned to the students year level, as well as other features such as device inventory collection and removing forgotten iPad passcodes (providing the iPad is not disabled and still connects to a WiFi network).
Before enrolling, please note down your child’s ‘Student ID’. This can be found on Compass, under the students Profile, and is a 7 character code consisting of the first 3 letters of the child’s surname, followed by numbers.
iPad enrolment requires an existing WiFi connection, and can be easily completed using the following steps:
- Using Safari, browse to the enrolment website: https://jss.cambridgeps.vic.edu.au/enrol
- When prompted to log in, enter your child’s ‘Student ID’ (eg. DIN0099) that you noted above in the username field, and for the password: student
- Review the school’s ICT Acceptable Use Policy before agreeing to adhere to it
- Continue to download the MDM configuration profile. Tap ‘Allow’ when prompted
- Open the Settings app and navigate to General > Profile. Tap ‘CPS Profile’ under Downloaded Profile, then tap ‘Install’ in the top right corner. Continue tapping ‘Install’, and then ‘Trust’ Remote Management. Tap ‘Done’ and the process is complete
It is recommended that parents/carers utilise features of iOS such as ‘Family Sharing’ and also ‘Screen Time’, in order to control purchasing and to set limits and restrictions on the iPad devices. Further information can be found on the Apple Support website: https://support.apple.com/en-au/families-and-kids
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