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 23 Jul 2015

Theodore Priamry School is now a Sporting School

Theodore Primary School has been successful in its application and will be participating in Sporting Schools, a new Australian Government program starting from July 2015. Sporting Schools provides our students with the opportunity to access sport-based activities before, during or after school.

The Sporting Schools program will complement Theodore’s existing PE curriculum, allowing our students to explore a range of dynamic new sports, from tennis to bowls, athletics to cricket. Sporting Schools will help us work more closely with sporting clubs in our community and tap into the large pool of talented sports coaches in Canberra.

Sporting Schools is funded by the Australian Government and so there will be no additional cost to parents. Please contact the school with any questions about this exciting new programme!

Stay tuned to hear more about this exciting program during term 3.


Posted on 23 Jul 2015

Theodore Preschool Sub Committee 29 JUly 2015

Come and hear our fundraising plans, have a say in our events for the rest of the year or help with our fundraising efforts.

We'd love to see you there!

When: 29th July 2015

Time: 11.50am

Where: Theodore Preschool 



Posted on 23 Jul 2015

Billy G's Gourmet Cookies

Tuesday Week 1 Term 3 your child brought home an order form for Billy G's Gourmet Cookie Dough.  This will be Theodore Primary School's Term 3 fundraiser.  








All orders INCLUDING MONEY due back NO LATER Monday 10th August. NO LATE ORDERS CAN BE ACCEPTED as order is processed in bulk to a company in Queensland.

Orders will be received at Theodore Primary School Canteen by refrigerated freight September 1st to be collected by parents from 2pm.



Posted on 24 Jun 2015

Rostrum Winner 2015 William Bruce

Congratulations to William Bruce for winning the ROSTRUM Quarter Finals on Monday night at Wanniassa Hills.

We are all very proud of all your efforts.

Well Done



Posted on 24 Jun 2015


Recently the P&C agreed to support student learning by helping the school to purchase an online learning tool called ‘Bug Club’. BugClub is an online literacy program where teachers can allocate digital readers to students.  Students are able to access these readers both at school and at home on computers and personal devices such

as iPads.

Each student has been allocated their own individual logon and password.  These details have been sent home with your child today.  When students logon to their individual account, they are able to have digital books read to them, read books and answer comprehension questions.  Students earn points and rewards as they read.

Teachers are able to monitor the progress of the students and continue to allocate appropriate books to support their learning. We hope that everyone jumps onto Bug Club and enjoys this new reading resource!

Natalie Hogan

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