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 01 Sep 2015



When: 16th September

Supporting Cerebral Palsy Alliance



Posted on 01 Sep 2015

Stephanie Torley at ACT Cross Country Nationals

Congratulations to Stephanie who represented ACT at the Primary School Cross Country Championships in Victoria last weekend. Steph had an outstanding result finishing in second place in the under 10 year girls age group. Theodore is very proud to have such an amazing athlete here at our school. Steph's hard work, enthusiasm and dedication has again proven what a successful runner she is, well done and congratulations from the Theodore community.



Posted on 18 Aug 2015

Theodore Preschool Spring Fair

Come and enjoy Theodore Preschool Spring Fair !

When: Friday 11th September

Time: 3pm to 4.30pm

Parents can enjoy a Devonshire Tea while the kids have fun!

  • Cakes
  • Lucky Dips
  • Tombola
  • Plant Stall
  • Free Craft Activities
  • Chocolate Trailer
  • Pre - loved Books and Toys
  • Ice Cream and Drinks
  • Fresh Popcorn

Theodore Preschool would like to thank our generous Sponsors:

  • Officeworks
  • Capital Chemist
  • Kmart



Posted on 18 Aug 2015

Theodora Puzzles


We would like to welcome the newest addition to the Theodore family.

We proudly present THEODORA PUZZLES.  We have joined two names together to come up with the official name. The names were submitted by  Adele, Julianne in 1/2L  and Luke from 3/4 L for the name Theodora and the design was submitted by Madie in 5/6G. Congratulations to those students.

We would like to start the collection of decorations for our cow. There are 14 classes including the pre-school and it would be good if each class could decorate with an item specific to their class. So far I have collected items such as google eyes, buttons, stamps, letters and numbers, lego, glass beads etc.

I need help with the collection of other items. If  possible I would like to have an area decorated with old watches that do not work where the band can be removed and the face stuck on the cow, any old fridge magnets that are no longer needed, any spare nuts and washers that are not being used, any match box size cars that are missing wheels and no longer used. If you can help with these items please send to school ASAP. They can be handed in to Mrs Jenny Murch in Mereki or to Rose in the front office.




Posted on 18 Aug 2015

School Satisfaction Survey 2015

The 2015 School Satisfaction Survey for Parents and Carers is now open. If you have not already completed the survey, please complete the survey by Monday 31 August 2015. A letter about the parent and carer survey was emailed to parents and carers or sent home with students. If you do not have a letter for each child in your family, please contact the school office. The letter contains all the information you will need to access the survey. The key ACT results from the 2014 School Satisfaction Surveys have been published on the Education and Training Directorate website ( and a summary of our school results is provided in our 2014 School Board Report. Thank you in anticipation of your participation in this important school survey. 

This year the class with the most completed surveys will have a treat with Mr Holdway.

If you have misplaced your access code please phone OR email for another code.  The survey will be open until 31st August 2015 .  If you have more than one child please complete a survey for each child. The more community members that respond to the survey the better, as this will help us gain a true understanding of how our wonderful school is travelling.

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