Cambridge East School



Oak Trees Update


A leading arborist within New Zealand who has been monitoring our Oak trees has confirmed this afternoon that the outside Oak tree on Bowen Street "is showing every indication of imminent failure.” "The canopy between the two trees has separated, indicating that the trees have moved apart quite considerably.  The tensile root of the roadside oak has cracked across the tension face and is again indicative of root plate failure.  The trunk is also showing tensile cracks which indicate additional strain upon the tree.


This combination of structural defects, and particularly the canopy separation, are clear indicators of a tree commencing to fail.”


In light of this information we have immediately closed the Senior playground and parking on Bowen Street.  A traffic management team will be in place early tomorrow (Thursday 24th) morning with the crew from Groundzone on site from 8am to begin the removal process of the trees.
Thank you for your understanding and helping with this issue, we understand this has happened earlier than expected but safety of our community has to come first and foremost.  

To ensure minimal disruption, please use Williams Street as your point of drop off and pick up as Bowen will be closed to traffic while this process takes place.  We apologies for the inconvenience this is going to cause but require everyone's patience while we work through this.  While we will not have access to this area of the school, school operations will continue.

Kind Regards

Hamish Fenemor




BYOD for 2016 (Bring Your Own Device) 

Late last year we held an information evening for parents and caregivers. Please click here to take you to a copy of the presentation.


Dates for 2016

Office Hours - Thursday 28th January and Friday 29th January 9.00am - 3.00pm

Teacher Only Day - Tuesday 2nd February

Term 1 - Wednesday 3rd February to Friday 15th April (Please note Waitangi Day observed on Monday 8th February, Easter Friday 25th March, Easter Monday 28th March and Easter Holiday Tuesday 29th March)

Term 2 - Monday 2nd May to Friday 8th July (Please note Queen's Birthday Monday 6th June)

Term 3 - Monday 25th July to Friday 23rd September

Term 4 - Monday 10th October to Friday 16th December (Please note Labour Day Monday 24th October) 


Out of Zone Enrolments for 2016

As you are probably aware, our school continues to experience growth, as does Cambridge. In terms of "Out of Zone” enrolments the Board is only in a position to accept those siblings of current students who are out of zone. If you have a child starting in 2016 and you are currently out of zone, please let the office know as soon as possible by writing a quick letter requesting an "Out of Zone” enrolment. All other "Out of Zone” enrolments will be dealt with on a case by case basis.  This information will be published next month in the local paper.

If you are in our Home Zone, we welcome all new enrolments, please let the office know when your child is turning 5 so we can send out relevant information at the appropriate time and it certainly helps us in terms of planning the opening of our New Entrant Classrooms. 



Redevelopment Plans - Innovative Learning Environment 

One of the big things the school and Board are working on is the redevelopment of Block A which includes Rooms 6-9.  This area will be redeveloped into an Innovative Learning Environment/Space which includes Breakout Areas to aid group work within the classroom settings.  As part of this plan, our teaching staff have been looking at Modern Learning Practices. We have also been looking at how we can change the way we go about our everyday business to further engage, and meet the needs of all learners with a particular focus on Innovative Space.

Please click here for a copy of our Presentation that we did at our Community Information Evening


ERO's findings about the school (click here to download the full report)


Below is one of the statements from ERO's latest visit to our school.  If you would like to download and read the full report, please click on the link above. 

"Students learn in a respectful and supportive educational environment where they are well supported by teachers who are committed to their well-being and learning. Students, including those needing additional support, engage positively in all areas of the curriculum, and make very good progress as they move through the school"

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

 Before School Care

Before School Care runs from 7.30am - 8.30am every school day.  This is run out of the After School Care Room with Mrs Shortland overseeing the programme.  This programme also includes a breakfast club from 8.00am. 

Please ring and book through the school office if you require this service, we will need signed registration forms before your child(ren) are able to attend.  The cost will be calculated in blocks of either 30 minutes ($2.50) or 1 hour ($5) and is billed in the same way as After School Care.

Please note that the school is not open to students until 8.30am every morning. We offer this service due to the number of students arriving earlier and earlier to school and in response to parental requests.  Please respect the 8.30am timing for the school to be open.


Facebook Page

Our school has a Facebook page to help keep parents and caregivers in the loop.  Please visit our Facebook page and like us, as this will mean you will receive our latest posts automatically.  It is an effective way of communicating quickly with our community. Click on the Facebook logo below to go to our Facebook Page.

  Welcome To  Cambridge East
Primary  School
School Motto
                    "Always My Best"                                                          
 We want our students to become:
Effective communicators
Self motivated learners
Inventive thinkers
Respectful citizens
And have a "can do" attitude

Check out our latest Education Review Office report