Principal's Message – Theodore Primary School
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, 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.
What's Happening at Theodore Primary
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Drama Classes @ Theodore Primary School
Posted on 05 Aug 2017
Creativity - Confidence - Communication
When: Classes held on Wednesday Mornings
Time: 8.00am to 9.00am
Where: Theodore Primary School Library
For more information and enrolment please go to the link below:
Contact: Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art 1300 908 905
Enrol now: www.cada.net.au
PYJAMAS, HOT CHOCOLATE & BOOK READING EVENING
Posted on 05 Aug 2017
In conjunction with our Book Week celebrations, Theodore Primary will be having our Pyjamas and Hot Chocolate evening. This a wonderful opportunity for children to wear their pyjamas, have a cup of hot chocolate and read a variety of books as a family.
When: Tuesday 22 August
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: School Library
2017 School Satisfaction and Climate Survey
Posted on 05 Aug 2017
The 2017 School Satisfaction and Climate Surveys will OPEN on the 8th August and will be open until 28th August 2017.
Parents and carers, school staff and students (in years 5 to 12) will be asked to participate in these important surveys. The survey results will contribute to the school improvement process, which aims to achieve high standards in student learning, innovation and best practice in Canberra public schools.
Although the survey is voluntary, we hope you will participate as we really value your feedback. It won’t take much of your time and it will help us understand areas where we are doing a good job and areas for further development. A letter or email about the parent and carer survey will be sent home on Tuesday 9th August 2017. The key ACT results from the 2016 School Satisfaction Surveys have been published on the Education Directorate website (www.education.act.gov.au) and a summary of our school results is provided in our 2016 School Board Report.
We want your feedback, last year we received 100 surveys, this year we are aiming for 150. The challenge will be once the survey has been completed for your child to return the completed slip. The class with the most returned slips will have a TREAT with Mrs Stewart.
Posted on 27 Jul 2017
As part of our Book Week celebration this year, Theodore is holding a writing competition. So it’s time to fine tune your imagination and get ready to write. The theme for our writing competition is ‘Escape to Everywhere’.
How to participate:
1. Write and publish an original piece of writing
(eg: short story, poem, description etc.) using the theme;
‘Escape to Everywhere’.
2. Submit your story to your teacher by Wednesday 16th August
Please clearly write your name and class on the top of your entry.
3. You’re done!! It’s that easy!!
NOTE: Maximum length is 1 page (approximately 800 words).
Completed entries can be hand written or typed.
Only one entry per person.
PIZZA AND PROBLEM EVENING
Posted on 13 Jun 2017
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 22nd June 2017
Time: 5.00pm to 7.00pm
What: Yummy Pizza to eat after you participate in Maths games and activities