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. Students in preschool and kindergarten engage with investigation based learning, where students are given opportunities to extend their knowledge in areas that are of interest to them. Each student spends time as a focus child, photographer and reporter which enables them to demonstrate and articulate their learning.  Our students in years 1 to 6 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 Minilit (phonological/phonemic awareness skills), EALD support, school library, Gardening Club, Cooking club, cross class buddies, ICAS competitions, West African Drumming club, Instrumental Music Program (ukulele band), Choir  and KultureBreak dance.

At Theodore Primary School we pride ourselves on being sensitive to students’ individual emotional needs. As part of our daily practice we ensure that mindfulness and explicit social skills are taught.

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 Principal

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Posted on 19 Jul 2016

Irish Dancing

Term 3 - Irish Dancing @ Theodore Primary School

Children of all ages and experience levels invited to participate in a non - competitive just for fun dance class focused on making friends while learning new skills.

When: 19th July to 20th September 2016

Cost: $50.00 per child for 10 weeks

If interested please contact the schools front office on 61423100



Posted on 31 May 2016

Pizza and Problem Evening

Come and join in a great night of fun and food at Theodore Primary School as wee 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:           Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Time:             5:00pm to 7:00 pm

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



Posted on 24 May 2016

Pancake Breakfast

Celebration 2016 Public Education at Theodore Primary School  

All welcome to a PANCAKE BREAKFAST with Theodore Staff and Students

When: Friday 27th May 2016

Where: Theodore Primary School KITCHEN

Time: 8.15am to 9.00am



Posted on 24 May 2016

As you are all aware voluntary contributions help provide our school with extra resourcing that supports the enrichment of your child’s education.  This funding allows us to purchase additional resources and or provide additional learning opportunities for your child.

In past years the School Board has set the voluntary contributions and did so again at the start of 2015. 

The Board request the following amounts:

  • $75.00 for one child
  • $120.00 per family 

Please note, you are able to contribute more or less if you choose.  These contributions are from Preschool to year 6. Of course, you can still pay the amounts above and we would be very appreciative of this.

Kindy to year 6: Money collected through voluntary contributions this year will help to create richer classroom environments and may include painting of walls, purchase of display materials and or furniture as well as upgrades to technology.

Preschool: Money collected through voluntary contributions this year will contribute to the construction of a new shade shelter for over the swing set.



Posted on 24 May 2016

School Assemblies


Time: 12.20pm to 12.50pm

Where: School Hall

  • 3rd June - Year 5/6  students presenting
  • 17th June - Year 3/4 students presenting
  • 1st July - Year 1/2 students presenting

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