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 06 Dec 2016

Whole Christmas Carols


Posted on 11 Nov 2016

Mr Holdway winning School Leader of the Year

CONGRATUALTIONS to Matthew Holdway for winning the 2016 ACT Public Education Awards for 'OUTSTANDING SCHOOL LEADER OF THE YEAR'

All staff at Theodore congratulate Matt on a great achievement !!!

Listen to Matthew Holdway's interview with ABC Breakfast Radio on Friday 4th November 2016.…/br…/act-teachers-of-the-year/7995284


Posted on 16 Aug 2016


The 2016 School Satisfaction Survey for Parents and Carers is now open. If you have not already completed the survey, please complete the survey by Monday 29 August 2016. 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 2015 School Satisfaction Surveys have been published on the Education Directorate website ( and a summary of our school results is provided in our 2015 School Board Report. Thank you in anticipation of your participation in this important school survey.


Please note, a shortened version of the parent and carer questionnaire is available in the following languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, Hindi, Karen, Korean, Mon, Urdu and Vietnamese. Please contact me if you would like a copy in any of these languages.

Thank you again for your help with these important surveys.

We want your feedback. Last year we received 100 surveys. This year we are aiming for 150. Once the survey has been completed your child should to return the confirmation slip. The class with the most returned slips will receive a TREAT with Mr Holdway.


Posted on 16 Aug 2016

Theodore Priamry School


Parents are invited to come along and see all the great work their child/ren have  done throughout the term.

When: Thursday 22nd September 2016

Time: 2.30pm to 4.00pm

Where: Theodore Primary School Classrooms

THEODORE PRIMARY SCHOOL - Student Australian School Climate Survey

Posted on 02 Aug 2016

THEODORE PRIMARY SCHOOL - Student Australian School Climate Survey

Australian School Climate and School Identification Measurement Tool (ASCSIMT) survey

This school is continually interested in gaining information that will assist in school planning and making decisions on an informed basis. To this end, the school in partnership with the Australian National University and the ACT Education Directorate is surveying staff, students and parents/carers. ANU is administering the survey on behalf of the ACT Education Directorate (EDU) and will be involved in data analysis and reporting of the findings to schools and the EDU in a way that ensures the anonymity of students. At this point in time the year 5 and 6 survey is not being used for research purposes by the ANU; however, it will be used by the school to monitor school performance and identify areas for improvement. If this changes a separate letter seeking parental consent for the ANU to use the information for research purposes will be sent to parents/carers. Details about how your information is stored and used are available in the EDU Privacy Policy (available at   

 The aim is to gather information about the school’s social climate, day-to-day experiences, the strengths of the school, and the future challenges. This survey will take place this term (Term 3, 2016). You will receive an e-mail from the school with a link to the survey and students will complete the survey at school.

We hope to be able to discuss the findings of the survey with you at a future time and feel that gathering this information annually is important in ensuring the quality of the relational and wellbeing climate of the school for staff, students and parents/carers. 


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