Camberwell Primary School (CPS) is an innovative English French immersion school committed to providing an outstanding education in an inclusive, caring and supportive learning environment. Having become a bilingual school in 1991, the school was admitted to the Bilingual Programs in mid 1997 which provides additional funding to our school. In 2014 CPS was awarded the “LabelFrancÉducation” seal, becoming one of the few schools in Australia to have been recognised by the French government for excellence in French language. CPS is also a member of the Australian Association for French English Bilingual Schools which brings together both bi-national schools (delivering the French and Australian curricula) and bilingual schools (delivering the Australian or in our case, the Victorian curriculum). Through these associations, CPS shares practice and resources as bilingual education becomes ever more the education of choice for so many families.
Our aim is to provide personalised learning in a rich, engaging environment to empower students as active global citizens keen to make a difference in their community and beyond. With a strong emphasis on developing students’ skills in French and English literacy, numeracy and ICT, CPS recognises the importance of providing teaching for the whole child and enjoys a rich specialist program including Art, Performing Arts, Science and Physical Education. Staff at CPS firmly believe that wellbeing and engagement provide the foundation for academic achievement. CPS incorporates the tenets of positive psychology in all learning with a focus on developing one’s character strengths and a growth mindset to face life’s challenges with verve. Students are explicitly taught personal and interpersonal skills through programs such as the Zones of Regulation, Play as the Way and Bounce Back.
Ensuring our citizens of the future are confident, connected, creative problem solvers, risk takers and connected learners, Camberwell Primary School provides a digital rich learning environment. Students benefit from a 1:1 iPad program from Years 2-6, with significant device ratios for students in Foundation and Year 1.
The school enjoys the benefits of an informed and involved community with a high level of participation through School Council, the Parents’ Association, Class Coordinators and events such as our annual French Fete.
Opened in 1867, the school retains the Victorian frontage whilst on-going enrolment demands have led to the melding of heritage structures with modern buildings. Parent fundraising have seen the construction of innovative play areas to support a growing student population of approximately 700 on one of the smallest school footprints in Boroondara.