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


What's Happening at Theodore Primary

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Posted on 23 Mar 2015


The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in years 3,5,7, and 9. This is a Federal Government requirement for all schools in Australia.

NAPLAN test skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.

2015 Naplan testing will be held on;

Tuesday 12th May 2015

Wednesday 13th May 2015

Thursday 14th May 2015


Posted on 23 Mar 2015

We would like to provide parents with time to meet with their child's teacher this term so that you can discuss your child's progress and set learning goals for 2015. The goal setting interview meetings are to be held in week 8 term 1 and are a great opportunity to have input into your child's learning as well as receiving information about their progress so far this year.

Please phone the school on 614 23100 to book your appointment.

Interviews start: Monday 23 March 2015

Interviews finish: Friday 27 March 2015

Interviews: Held in your child's classroom


Rugby League Laurie Daly and Mal Meninga Cup

Posted on 06 Mar 2015

Students in years 3/4 and 5/6 have been selected to attend the Laurie Daly and Mal Meninga Cup on Wednesday 11 March 2015.

Venue:   Kambah No.1 Playing Field, Chirnside St, Kambah

Transport: Own Transport to Kambah

Time: The carnival will commence at 9.00am and will be completed by 2.00pm.

What to wear: Blue shorts &  football boots

Safety wear:  Head gear optional and mouth guard recommended

What to bring: Food for morning tea, lunch, drink bottle and a sunsmart hat

(apply sunscreen before leaving home)

Wet weather notice: Announced FM104.7 before 8am

Buroinjin Gala Tournament

Posted on 06 Mar 2015

Students in Year  5/6 have been selected to represent Theodore at the Buroinjin Gala Tournament.

When: 16 March

Time: 9.30am to 2.30pm

Venue: Calwell Playing Fields, Were Street Calwell

Transport: Walking to and from Theodore Primary School

Cost: Free

What to wear: School sports uniform and running shoes

Wet weather notice: Announced FM104.7 before 8am

What to bring:  Sausage sizzle will be provided for lunch; please provide snacks for the remainder of the day, drink bottle, sunsmart hat (apply sunscreen before leaving home)

Play Group at Theodore Primary School

Posted on 06 Mar 2015

Theodore Primary School Playgroup

Are you interested in bringing your child/ren to a playgroup at Theodore Primary School on Wednesday mornings?  Have fun with your child as we sing, play, read, laugh, talk and enjoy being parents. The playgroup will be run each week by a qualified teacher and all are welcome from babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers through to parents, grandparents and carers.

All Welcome!

The playgroup is held at the Theodore Primary School on Wednesday mornings from 9.00am to 10.30am. For more information call in at the School, or phone 614 23100.

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