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 24 Jun 2015

Rostrum Winner 2015 William Bruce

Congratulations to William Bruce for winning the ROSTRUM Quarter Finals on Monday night at Wanniassa Hills.

We are all very proud of all your efforts.

Well Done



Posted on 24 Jun 2015


Recently the P&C agreed to support student learning by helping the school to purchase an online learning tool called ‘Bug Club’. BugClub is an online literacy program where teachers can allocate digital readers to students.  Students are able to access these readers both at school and at home on computers and personal devices such

as iPads.

Each student has been allocated their own individual logon and password.  These details have been sent home with your child today.  When students logon to their individual account, they are able to have digital books read to them, read books and answer comprehension questions.  Students earn points and rewards as they read.

Teachers are able to monitor the progress of the students and continue to allocate appropriate books to support their learning. We hope that everyone jumps onto Bug Club and enjoys this new reading resource!

Natalie Hogan


Posted on 16 Jun 2015

Parents and Citizen Assoiciation

The School P&C is a great place for families with students to meet others, join in a range of community activities and even get support from other parents at times. We aim to keep it a friendly, community-oriented atmosphere where everyone is welcome.

ALL parents and carers (including grandparents, aunties, uncles etc.) of children at the school are eligible members of the P&C and are encouraged to be involved. No specialised skills are required just enthusiasm and a desire to support all students throughout the school community.

The role of the P&C includes helping people come together, making suggestions to/asking questions of the Principal, getting to know each other, feeling that you can contribute to the school & having fun during this precious time of your child’s life. The more members we have actively participating in the P&C association the better we can achieve our objectives.

Please consider coming along to P&C meetings (or as many as you can) through the year and getting involved – it’s a great way to meet new people and really contribute to your child’s school experience.

As we use email to communicate with parents, it is essential that we have an accurate and up to date email contact list of parents.  Opting for a P&C email is great way to engage with activities, issues and useful information for parents in your school even if you can't make it to meetings.

Please provide the following details to

  • Name
  • Email address
  •  Contact phone numbers
  •  YES I’m interested in being part of the P&C committee.
  •  YES I would like my name to be added to the list of helpers for P&C events.
  •  YES I would like, through email, to be kept informed of P&C achievements and events.


Posted on 16 Jun 2015

Theodore Preschool Working Bee

Please come and join us for a Working Bee for both the Preschool garden (installing totem poles and a dry river bed), and TPS Sensory Garden. It will be loads of fun, meet new people and help the school look even better!

Please feel free to bring your child(ren) along.

The P&C will provide morning tea, pizzas and drinks

 When: Sunday 21 June, from 9:30-noon

 Where: Theodore Preschool and Primary School

 Bring: Hat & sunscreen and any tools that may be needed for some gardening


Posted on 02 Jun 2015

Pizza and Problem night Thursday 2 July 2015

Come and join in a great night of fun and food at Theodore Primary School as we celebrate the importance and joy of Mathematics.

Who: The whole family

(students need to be accompanied by an adult)

Where: Theodore Primary School Hall

When: Thursday 2nd July 2015

Time: 5.00pm to 7.00pm

What: Yummy Pizza to eat after you participate in Maths games and activities


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