Cambridge Primary School
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976 Cambridge Road
Cambridge TAS 7170

Phone: 03 6248 5168

23 November 2022

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From the Principal

Just four weeks to go this year!

2023 Staffing

We will work to keep you up to date with staffing information over this and the next two newsletters. Over the past few weeks, we have completed processes for Teachers’ Assistant, Educational Support Specialist, Literacy Coach and Assistant Principal. Today I can share all but our Literacy Coach outcomes with you (we will share the Literacy Coach outcomes next Newsletter). All of our fields have been exceptional in terms of high quality candidates. This has allowed us, where possible, to make multiple selections – we love to get good staff!

We now have five permanent Teacher Assistants starting with us next year. Helen Natoli, Liam Smith and Holly Ryan are currently with us on contracts and have all won permanent roles with us. Joshua Howard and Emily Philpott have also won permanent roles with us. A huge congratulations to them.

Rachael Stokes has won our Educational Support Specialist role (will work in Prep fulltime) for at least 2023. Rachael comes to us from Howrah Primary School.

Our Assistant Principal role has been in a state of flux since Ryan Kinder started to work in acting roles in 2020. Since roughly the same time, Alison Cato has been acting in part in the role, as well as a variety of other people. I am pleased to let you all know that Alison has won the role substantively. It is a great reward to her for her hard work.

As the field was so strong, we have made a subsequent selection for at least the next two years and Joe Pearson will also be at our school in an Assistant Principal role. Joe comes to us from Catholic Education Tasmania and has high level experience in curriculum design, roll out, assessment and reporting.

Joe will focus on the Teaching and Learning side of things and Ali will continue her focus on Support and Wellbeing. It will be very exciting to have some surety in our Leadership Team.

Our Cambridge Capabilities – where to for 2023

In the last Newsletter we made mention of bringing some more detailed models to your attention this week. We have elected to send this out in a separate email – keep an eye out please as your feedback is needed! Please see below as a repeat, this information is really important for our school moving forward.

This year has been the first of a few years where we dig into outlining the broad set of dispositions for learning and life that our students, families and staff believe are important for us to teach, model and celebrate. We don’t know how many we’ll come up with. We’ve looked at some other models, both theoretical and from other schools. Around 20 is probably the number… probably. We are drawing the names and descriptions out from the data sets that we took from families and staff in 2021 and our students in term 1 of 2022. A brief outline of the data sets is on the window outside my office – and it’ll stay up there for a while as a “working wall”. Below are just some of the examples of other models we have looked at:

Importantly, we realise that we might need an organiser as having 20 individual dispositions (or in our language, Cambridge Capabilities) might be too much to sit by itself. (For example, our younger students might just learn and use the 5 or 6 higher order categories.) The staff have spent a lot of time digging into other models and also thinking about what might make the organiser stick for our community.

By the end of the year, we want to have made a decision as to what our overarching organiser is. In the next week, we will share some of our ideas and let you all have a say if you’re keen. In the meantime, feel free to scroll through the links above and wonder what ours might be, represent and have purpose for our learners for not only learning but for life.


There has not been a lot to update you about over the past two weeks. We are working with the staff to get some more conceptual understandings of how we might renovate the central corridor, office spaces and library space to make the most of an expanding school. Our ideas will head off to a quantity surveyor soon for input and then over summer our architects will work on some more detailed drawings and 3D models to then share with both families and students. We will look to have the majority of consultation completed in term 1 next year. Start of construction is still on track for term 4 next year.

We are still attempting to work with the Council to start stage 2, which will include the gymnasium.

End of Year Pack for Families

With the end of one year, the start of the next is not too far away. Final reports, 2023 levies information, 2023 class placement information and other important titbits will be in one package for each child for families and distributed on the last Monday of term. Please keep an eye out for this.

With a variety of end of year goings on, hopefully we will start to see our parents more and more at school over the next few weeks.

See you soon – Courtney

School Fair Update

We have lots of stalls, games and activities organized for the fair next year. But… we need you! Can you help on the day of the fair? We need volunteers to help on the stalls and/or to help get things ready on the day.

We're using SignUp for the Fair Volunteer Roster. All you need to do is…

Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

Please share this information with any family members or friends who may like to get involved and help on a stall.

Questions? My contact details are below.

Tracey Percival, Cambridge Primary School - 2023 Fair Coordinator, Ph: 0434 209 023


End of year reports

A reminder to families that end of year reports will be distributed on Monday 19 December.

The report will show your child’s learning achievement on a 9-point visual scale which replaces A-E ratings for students in Prep to Year 10.

The 9-point scale shows more specifically where your child’s learning achievement is against the expected standard for their year level.

There will be no teacher comments on the report.

For more information about the changes to reports:

SPSSA Swimming Carnival Amendment

Evie came 3rd in the Division 2 Freestyle for Grade 4 Girls and Liam stepped in as emergency and received 3rd for the Division 4 25m Freestyle. We are very sorry these places were overlooked in our previous newsletter item. Both swimmers should be extremely proud of the way they swam at the carnival.

Combined Primary Schools Annual Concert

Tickets are now available to purchase for the Combined Primary Schools Annual Concert to be held at MyState Bank Arena on Friday the 25th of November.

The concert performance will start at 7.00pm sharp, and students are requested to be at the venue by 6.30pm. Student performers do not require a ticket.

Please note, due to copyright and privacy, recording and photography are not permitted during the performance.

Tickets on sale Friday 28 October 2022

(credit card processing and transaction fees apply):

  • Online at
  • Phone Ticketek on 13 28 49 for Credit Card Bookings or
  • on site at the Arena from 9.00am to 4.00pm
    Adults $30.00
    Concession $20.00
    Children $20.00
    (2 adults, 2 children) $70.00

Green Team Update

The Green Team have successfully raised enough money by selling second-hand gumboots to buy three lovely native plants for the garden at the front of the school. With the help of the amazing Mr Woulleman last week, we planted and put protective guards around them. Thank you to everyone who donated and purchased gumboots, it has been a great experience working towards a Green Team goal!

Double Your Dollars Markets

Once again, the Gr5s and Gr6s will be participating in the fantastic Double Your Dollars program. The first market day will be Wednesday 7 December between 11.30-12.15 with products being priced anywhere from 50c - $5. The second market will be on Wednesday 14 December at the same time.

2022 End of Year Presentation Assembly

The Cambridge Primary School End of Year Presentation Assembly is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the many achievements of our students and to farewell the Grade 6s. This year’s Presentation Assembly will take place on Monday 19 December at Rose Bay High School, in the gym at 11.30am. Doors will open at 11.15am. At this stage there are no Covid restrictions on gatherings, however, if you are feeling unwell, please do not attend. Prep – Grade 6 students and their teachers will travel to and from Rose Bay by bus. Parents/carers of Grade 6 students will have two seats reserved.


The next school assembly will be held on Friday 9 December at 1.45pm in the MPR.

Lost Property

As we head towards the end of the school year the Lost Property pile keeps growing bigger and bigger! Please encourage your child/children to check Lost Property for missing clothes, lunch boxes, drink bottles etc. Un-named items will be disposed of in the holidays.

Sora by Overdrive – Free Access to eBooks

Libraries Tasmania is providing a basic subscription to the app Sora for recreational reading. Schools are able to download the app onto pcs in classrooms for learners to read on site. If parents have devices at home, students will be able to use their student ID to log in on these.

We all agree that eBooks aren’t a replacement for print books, but the access to materials both online and offline is a fast and effective way to make more titles available to Tasmanian students.

Titles were selected based on what is most popular in Libraries Tasmania’s print and electronic collections and in Sora collections in Australian schools. When students set up their Education Tasmania Sora account, they will also add Libraries Tasmania. This will enable them to search and borrow from the thousands of children’s and young adult items held in Libraries Tasmania’s OverDrive collection. This partnership ensures that keen readers are never without a book.

Filters have been applied to ensure that primary students cannot access young adult or adult content and that high school students cannot access adult content.

Libraries Tasmania has committed to making the Sora app available to school libraries for at least three years. The service will be reviewed after 12 and 24 months to make sure that learners are borrowing titles, finding the content they like and enjoying the reading experience.

Let’s Celebrate!


If your child has been selected to be part of a representative team, has won a prize in performing arts, has a part in a major stage production or any other significant achievement outside of school let us know via this webform so that we can share the news and celebrate the achievement in our school newsletter.

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