Principal's Message – Theodore Primary School

Matthew Holdway Theodore Primary School Principal

Theodore Primary School is situated in Canberra's culturally and historically significant Tuggeranong valley. The valley has been recognised as a significant area to the Ngunnawal people and contains a number of significant sites within the local area.

Theodore Primary School opened its doors to children of the valley in 1991.  The school caters for students ranging from preschool to Year 6 and prides itself on providing a stimulating, balanced curriculum that encourages lifelong learning.  Decision making is a shared responsibility and the community is active in the education of our students.

The staff at Theodore Primary School are committed professionals who work together to explicitly teach English and Mathematical skills which support students to be literate and numerate members of society. The junior school students (P-2) engage within investigation based learning where students are given opportunities to extend their knowledge in areas that are then of interest to them. Each student spends time as a focus child, photographer and reporter which enables them to demonstrate and articulate their learning.  In the senior school (3-6) our students participate in an inquiry or project-based learning approach. Student learning is based on the investigation of questions, scenarios or problems.  We encourage students to inquire, think, question, plan, create and reflect in order to make meaning of their learning. We have specialist teachers delivering Science and PE curriculum and provide a wide range of opportunities that meet the needs of our students including a Life Skills program, junior and senior Masterchef, Gardening Club, EALD support, school library, cross class buddies, ICAS competitions, West African Drumming, Instrumental Music Program (band) and Aussie Sports Leaders. 

At Theodore Primary School we pride ourselves on being a TRIBES community and work hard at maintaining our agreements of Mutual Respect, Appreciation/No Put Downs, Personal Best, Personal Responsibility and Attentive Listening.

We believe in strong community connections and enjoy offering after hours events which strengthen relationships and give students the opportunity to participate in learning alongside parents, carers and friends. Theodore Primary School works hard to build strong relationships between the students, staff, parents and the community.  Children are respected and encouraged to develop their potential in all areas through a forward-thinking approach to education.  Our policies and programs are developed to provide a safe, caring and inclusive environment where all our students achieve their best and know they are successful.

Theodore Primary School is a community of learners that I feel very privileged to work with. I look forward to the educational year ahead.

Matthew Holdway


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Posted on 12 May 2015

Come and Celebrate Public Education Week at Theodore Primary School

Thursday 21 May
8.00am to 9.00am Breakfast
New families and current families all Welcome to enjoy breakfast pancakes with the Theodore Staff & Students

followed by

9.00am to 9.30am
See our students & teachers at work
Matthew Holdway Principal will be available for a chat

Kindergarten Information Evening
Thursday 21 May
7.00pm to 8.30pm
Where: School Library
Tea ,coffee & cake will be provided


Posted on 05 May 2015


Enrolments for Theodore Preschool 2016 are filling fast. If you have a child you would like to attend Theodore Preschool in 2016 please ensure you complete an enrolment form as soon as possible.

All enrolments for Preschool to Year 6 are done online please go to -

Preschool enrolments close on Friday 5th June. If you have a child in Theodore Preschool 2015 their enrolment will transfer to Kindy 2016; no other enrolments required.

If you would like to discuss your child's enrolment with the schools' principal Matt Holdway please phone 6142 3100 to make an appointment.


Posted on 05 May 2015

When:  Friday 8th May

Where: Calwell Playing Fields


All Students will be attending the carnival all day or until it finishes. Students will leave school to walk to Calwell Playing fields by 9.10am. All students are to go to their classroom for roll call first. Students will walk to and from Calwell Playing Fields with their class teacher.


Please ensure your child is ready in their house colours, suitable sunhat, sports clothing, sports shoes, sun block (to be applied before and during school) recess, lunch and drink bottle.


No Metro Canteen will be  available on Friday.


Sausage Sizzle and snacks will be available at the carnival run by the P&C Committee



Rodda - Red

Allen - Yellow

Fox - Blue

Jennings - Green


Posted on 05 May 2015

22 May - Year 3/4 Assembly and Student of the Month Awards @ 2.15pm to 2.45pm

5 June -  Year 1/2 Assembly and Academic of the  Month Awards @ 12.20pm to 12.50pm

19 June - Year 5/6 Assembly and Artist of the Month Awards @ 12.20pm to 12.50pm

3 July - Kindy Assembly and Student of the Month Awards @ 12.20pm to 12.50pm

Rostrum Clinic for year 5 and 6 students

Posted on 05 May 2015

Year 5 and 6 students are currently working on Rostrum speeches as part of their English studies. Information about this has gone home with each student. To assist the students with writing these, two clinics will be held after school in the library. Teachers will be present to support those who wish to attend. Please ensure the students are aware of the times and they are also clear on how they will be travelling home at the conclusion of the session. No students will be allowed to leave until 4.00pm. If any further information is required please ask for Corinne Follett.

The session timesand dates are below:

When: Wednesday May 6th and May 20th  

Time: 3.05pm to 4.00pm

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