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 09 Feb 2016

Meet the teacher barbeque at Theodore Primary School

BBQ @ Theodore Primary School

When: Thursday 11th February 2016

Where: Theodore Primary School Shade Shelter

Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm

This is a great opportunity to meet your child's teacher and other members of our community. The school will supply sausage sandwiches.

What to Bring

  • Picnic Rug
  • Water Bottle / Drinks 

Kindergarten to year 6 Information packs will be handed out during this time.

Please pick yours up !!!



Posted on 30 Jan 2016

Welcome back students and families to 216

We would like to welcome back all our students and families to begin a new year at Theodore Primary School. Please see details for starting dates and times for Preschool to Year 6 and also a few reminders.


 Possums and Bilby groups students - Monday 1st Feb at 9.00am

 Koala group students - Wednesday 3rd Feb at 8.45am

All preschool children meet outside their room at the preschool


 Kindergarten students - Monday 1st February at 9.00am

All kindergarten children assemble in the school hall on arrival to meet their teacher and class group for 2016.


New students in year 1 to year 6 are welcome to come to school for a short time, with their parents, to meet their teacher and be shown to their new classroom. They will then start fulltime on Tuesday 2nd February 2016.


 All other students start on Tuesday 2nd February 2016

Year 1 to year 6 students, assemble under the shade shelter to meet their teacher and class group for 2016.


STUDENTS MEDICATION- Please return your child's updated medication and action plan to the front office labelled in a plastic bag on the first day of school. If your child has developed any medical condition over the school holidays please contact the front office on 61423100 to discuss further first aid for your child.

  • Please provide students with a sun smart hat ( school hats are available at the front office to purchase)
  • Recess and lunch (pack with an icepack for hot weather) in a school bag
  • Water bottle
  •  Theodore Primary and Preschool is a NUT FREE school
  • Pre- ordered bookpacks will be sent home with students during week 1
  • Chalk Education will be at the school hall on Tuesday 2nd February from 2.30pm to 4.00pm if you would like to order a book pack for your child.

We look forward to a successful partnership between yourselves and the school to achieve the best outcomes for your children.

Thank you



Posted on 03 Nov 2015

P&C Walkathon

Theodore Primary School Walkathon will beheld as a whole school activity on Wednesday 18 November 2015. The Walkathon is a major fundraising event for the school and provides a wonderful opportunity for students, staff and parents to work together for such a worthwhile cause.

The final date for RETURN of all monies collected is Wednesday 25 November. All prize winners will be announced at the week 7 Assembly, Friday 4 December


Each student will be requested to obtain sponsors for the number of kilometres that they walk to a maximum of 8 kilometres.  Sponsors may choose to give an agreed amount per kilometre or make a donation for participation. This year the length of the walk for students will be as follows –

                Kindergarten                                       Maximum walking distance                             4 kilometres

                Years 1 & 2                                          Maximum walking distance                             5 kilometres

                Years 3 - 6                                            Maximum walking distance                             8 kilometres

As an extra incentive for our school community to raise money, there will be WHOLE SCHOOL REWARDS.

$1000    Mufti Day

$3000    Homework free week

$6000 Pizza Party (Pizza lunch for all)


Thank you for your support, Walkathon Committee


Posted on 03 Nov 2015

Aqua Safe Program student registration

Our program will begin on Monday 16th November 2015 and end on Friday 27th November 2015. Students will attend a 30-minute lesson each day for 10 days. Our program will be held at Lakeside Leisure Centre. You are more than welcome to attend and observe your child’s progress throughout the program.





IMPORTANT: The online enrolment portal will automatically close 3 school days prior to our program start date. Please ensure you have registered your child by this time.


If you experience any difficulty with your online enrolment, please contact Royal Life Saving ACT directly on 62605800. For all other enquiries, please contact the school on 61423100.


Posted on 21 Oct 2015

P&C Halloween Disco

P&C Halloween Disco

When: Friday 30th October

Who & Time:

Preschool  to  Year 2                6.00pm to 7.15 pm
Years 3 to 6                                7.30pm to 9.00pm

Sausage Sizzle will be running on the night of the Disco . Please have your child's order form in by 27th October. 

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