Latest News Archive

Week 2 Term 4 Happenings at TPS

There is a lot happening at Torrens Primary School next week. Don't forget:

  • School Photos on Wednesday, 21 October
  • Junior Gymnastics (K-2) commences next Thursday, 22 October (continues each Thursday for four weeks)
  • Also on Thursday, Year 5 will commence their PRIDE and 'Rock & Water' wellbeing programs here at school
  • Book Week celebrations happen on Friday, 23 October
Read this week's Torrens Times for details.

posted on 15 Oct 2020

2020 online School Satisfaction Survey extended

School survey extended to 6 September

Parents: please take 10 minutes to complete the 2020 School Satisfaction & Climate Survey and help improve our school. Enter this link into your device to complete the online survey for parents before 6 September. You will need to have your child’s Student ID handy. This link may be re-used if you want to complete the survey for a second child.

posted on 28 Aug 2020

Let's be germ free

ACT Public Schools

Our #photo of the week comes from Torrens Primary School, where the Year 1 teaching team are creatively decorating the classroom to welcome students back from Monday.

posted on 22 May 2020

ACT public school students will begin a staged return back to school from Monday 18 May

The return will be carefully managed and staged over three weeks to ensure students, teachers and staff are safe.

Read more about the timetable for return and what it means for you in this week's Torrens Times  newsletter.

posted on 07 May 2020

2021 Enrolments Open

Online enrolments for 2021 Preschool to Year 12 have opened. Round one enrolment period will close on 5 June 2020.

The online enrolment application and further information about enrolment are available on the Education Directorate Website here. Please note that some things have changed this year. Even if you are a family already enrolled in the ACT public school system, you should read the website before completing your online enrolment form.

posted on 30 Apr 2020

Term 2 2020

Torrens Primary School site will be closed in Term 2. Learning from home will start from Tuesday 28 April 2020.

Families who require a safe and supervised site for their children from Tuesday 28 April should register their interest by completing the registration form at by Friday 17 April 2020. If you require assistance to complete registration please call 6205 8495.

posted on 09 Apr 2020

Learning From Home - Parent & Student Roles and Responsibilities

Please read the latest newsletter or look at Notes ('Recent Notes' or 'Useful Links - Notes') on this website to view the Learning From Home protocols released on Friday (3 April 2020).

posted on 06 Apr 2020

Learning Packs for online learning - collection from school on Monday, 30 March

You will have received an email and text message today regarding the time slot for collection from school of your child/ren's Learning Packs.

Time slots are:

Yearcollection times on Monday, 30 March
Pearce Preschool - collect from the primary school9am-10am
Yr 110am-11am
Yr 210am-11am
Yr 311am-12pm
Yr 412pm-1pm
Yr 51pm-2pm
Yr 62pm -3pm

posted on 27 Mar 2020

CO-VID19 - school events impacted

Further to the latest school communication (16/3/2020) shown below, we have been advised that Royal Life Saving (RLS) ACT has now cancelled its Swim & Survive and Aquasafe Swim Programs for this term.

Please do not register and pay for your child's lessons if you have not already done so.

Information regarding credits and rescheduling will be passed on from RLS ACT when it comes to hand.



The following information regarding cancellation of up coming school events was issued yesterday (16/3/20):


Good Afternoon Torrens Primary Community,

As you would be aware, events are moving swiftly in relation to government responses aimed at limiting the potential spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Cancellation of school events and excursions

The Council of Australian Governments has received advice from Chief Health Officers to suspend non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people from today (Monday 16 March). Yesterday, following a meeting of the National Cabinet, the Australian Government announced that all organised, non-essential mass gatherings attended by more than 500 people must be cancelled from Monday 16 March 2020. This announcement does not recommend school closures however, it does apply to a range of schools events and events organised by school communities.

Acting consistently with the coordinated national response, local and interstate school excursions, including camps, will also need to be cancelled, postponed or rescheduled - effective from today.Please read the attached letter for more detail regarding these Government decisions and where you can receive the latest Government Health Advice updates.

Specifically, the following events at Torrens Primary School are impacted:

  • Gwenda Stanley’s Sharing Culture’ event at Melrose HS this Wednesday 18 March – cancelled
  • Netball gala days, scheduled for next Wednesday 25 March and Friday 3 April cancelled
  • Rescheduled Rugby League 7’s Carnival – cancelled
  • Harmony Day Assembly and Multicultural Feast scheduled for Friday 27 March – postponed with rescheduling to be advised
  • Year 6 Australian Democracy Excursion on Friday, 3 April – cancelled
  • Regional Swimming Carnival ACT – cancelled
  • Whole of school assemblies – suspended until further notice
  • learning journeys, which would normally take place in week 10 of Term 1 – cancelled
  • Royal Life Saving ACT Kindy to Year 3 Swim & Survive and Aquasafe swimming programs scheduled for 30 March to 9 April – to be advised

Term 2:

  • Year 5 Camp – 27-29 May 2020 – to be advised
  • Year 3 Camp – 18-19 June 2020 – to be advised
  • Year 4 Camp – 24-26 June 2020 – to be advised

We understand that this will cause some disruption and inconvenience but the safety of our staff and students remains our paramount concern.  These measures are all precautionary to support slowing the rate of infection not because schools are at increased risk. Any monies receipted for excursions and outings which have been cancelled can be held in credit here at school until further notice.

Health and hygiene

Practising good hand and general hygiene is the best defence against the spread of the virus.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitiser if your hands are not visibly dirty. Do this before handling food, before eating, as well as after using the toilet. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or directly into a tissue and throw the tissue in a bin.


Unfortunately Torrens Primary School is unable to find a stockist of hand soap for our school bathrooms at present. We certainly have enough supply for the rest of this week and will continue to try and source stocks in the meantime.

I ask that students be kept home if they are ill as a general rule.

Frequently asked questions

More information is available to you on the COVID-19 link at the top of our website homepage.


posted on 17 Mar 2020

An update from the Education Directorate - novel coronavirus

Dear Parents, Carers and Staff,


Please read the following latest information provided by the Education Directorate.


Managing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in ACT Public Schools


Australia is very well prepared to deal with novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with a suite of measures implemented to help stop the spread of the virus and protect Australians. All states and territories are taking a highly precautionary approach based on the latest and best medical advice.


The Education Directorate continues to work closely with ACT Health. ACT public schools are operating as normal and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.


Plans have been developed for ACT schools to respond to the potential spread of COVID-19 in school communities. When and if there is a case of COVID-19 in the ACT, these plans will be scaled in proportion to the spread of the virus.


Our response will be based on ACT Health advice and learnings from other jurisdictions. This may include that if a student or staff member were to test positive to the virus, the impacted school may close for a short period while ACT Health investigates the incident and the school is closed appropriately. Those students and staff identified as close contacts of a case will need to self-quarantine at home for 14 days


At this point in time, the best way to minimise any transmission of the coronavirus is for students and families to continue with good hand and respiratory hygiene to prevent the spread of germs.


Please be assured that the health and safety of students, families and staff is our top priority. We will continue to monitor any developments across Australia and here in the ACT and keep our school communities updated.


Parents and carers of children with an existing medical treatment plan may wish to review their plan with their child’s GP and notify the school if there is a change to the plan.


What should I do if my child is sick?

If your child develops any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath:

  • Call your GP in the first instance. By calling your GP before arriving they can take appropriate infection control measures.
  • Call your school to let them know.


Please do not send your child to school if they are showing any symptoms of sickness. Once your child is well again, they can return to school.


Where can I go for more information?

The community is urged to keep up to date through the ACT Health website ( This is where the latest health advice is available. People can also call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 for further information on COVID-19. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

posted on 13 Mar 2020

Corona Virus - COVID19

Dear Parents and Carers
We have received some enquiries from concerned families about the Corona Virus. The Education Directorate is monitoring this situation and advising schools. I can provide the following information:

Corona Virus - COVID19
We are following the advice of the ACT Chief Health Officer.

The ACT Health Directorate is taking a highly precautionary approach to managing the spread of COVID-19, which is in line with the latest national health advice.

More information:

How can we all help prevent the spread of the virus?
Practising good hand and general hygiene is the best defence against the spread of the virus.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitiser if your hands are not visibly dirty. Do this before handling food, before eating, as well as after using the toilet. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
* Avoid close contact with others.
* Cough and sneeze into your elbow or directly into a tissue and throw the tissue in a bin.

I ask that students be kept home if they are ill as a general rule.

Kind regards,

Rachel Matthews


posted on 12 Mar 2020

Y 2-6 Swimming Carnival on Tuesday 10 March 2020

Don't forget that the Swimming Carnival is on when we come back from the long weekend next week. Please have children (Years' 2 to 6) come to school ready for the carnival on Tuesday. Buses leave promptly at 9.30am and again from the venue promptly at 2pm to return to school.

posted on 05 Mar 2020

2020 Parent Information Sessions

All parents and carers are invited to our class information sessions next Wednesday, 19th February.

Teachers will be sharing information about how their classrooms are run, the Australian Curriculum being taught and how you can support your child’s learning.

Please join us in the New Hall at 5:45 pm, where you can meet our teaching staff.



posted on 18 Feb 2020

Important information for start of school year 2020

School starts back next week:

Monday 3 February - Kindergarten, Chifley and Torrens Stripes Preschools 

Tuesday 4 February  - Years' 1 to 6

Wednesday 5 February - Pearce and Torrens Spots Preschools 

Ideally arrive at school by 9am on this first day.

Please check your email today for important information regarding Coronavirus and the impact of Canberra's current poor air quality on medical conditions such as Asthma.



posted on 31 Jan 2020

Last day of school 2019 and first day of school 2020

School for 2019 finishes TODAY - Thursday, 19 December - Please do not come to school tomorrow (Friday). Enjoy the holidays and have a wonderful break. We will see you fresh and raring to go in 2020.

DATES for school in 2020 are:

  • Monday, 3 February - Kindergarten, Chifley Preschool and Torrens Stripes Preschool
  • Tuesday, 4 February - All other year levels at Torrens Primary School (ie Years' 1-6), including students who are new to Torrens Primary School in those year levels.
  • Wednesday, 5 February - Pearce Preschool and Torrens Spots Preschool 


posted on 19 Dec 2019

2020 Stationery Requirements Lists and Ordering now available

Click on the links to the right (Recent School Notes) to access your Child's 2020 Year level booklist and ordering instructions.

The link to order online with OfficeMax Winc is and the code for Torrens Primary School is 6RX9T.

To obtain free delivery to your home or place of work, orders need to be placed on or before Sunday, 8 December.

posted on 14 Nov 2019

Stop the Press………Wakakirri 2019

We have just received news that out of the 30 schools nominated for national selection across Australia -  Torrens Primary School “Swooping Season” has finished overall in  2ndPlace!


Torrens Primary has also received first place in the Style/GenréCategory!


If you’d like to watch the announcement and see some high lights please follow this link:


Congratulations to our Wakakirriteam!

posted on 17 Oct 2019

Learning Journeys in Week 10

Learning Journeys for all classes will take place next week. Dates and times are shown below and all Learning Journeys take place in the classroom. Come along and marvel at what your children have been learning and producing. 







26th September


Year 1


26th September


Year 2


24th September


Year 3


25th September


Year 4


25th September


Year 5


26th September


Year 6


24th September



posted on 16 Sep 2019

2019 School Satisfaction Survey

The 2019 School Satisfaction Survey - Closed

The 2019 Online Satisfaction Survey for all parents and carers is now closed.

Thank you to all those parents and carers who took the time to complete the survey.

posted on 19 Aug 2019

Online Bookings for Parent Teacher Interviews

Semester 1 reports go home with children tomorrow (Friday, 28 June). If you would like to have a ten minute mid-year interview with your child's teacher you can make a booking online by clicking on the booking link:

If you need assistance, please call the Front Office on 6142 0777 



posted on 27 Jun 2019

Yr 4 Camp Berry ETA 5pm

We are expecting the Yr 4 Berry Camp Bus back at school at approximately 5pm this afternoon (Friday, 24 May).  

posted on 24 May 2019

ACT public school enrolments for 2020 are open

Enrolments for 2020 opened on Monday 29 April. This is for all enrolments from Preschool to Year 12. Visit the Education website at for more information and to enrol using the online enrolment form.  

posted on 30 Apr 2019

Term 2 begins on Monday 29 April

So does Transport Canberra's new network. If your child will be catching a bus next term, you can go on to the Transport Canberra website for more information, or access the note on this website.

The TPS Athletics Carnival is on day 2 of next term - Tuesday, 30 April at Woden Athletics Park, Phillip

School Photos are on day 3 of next Term - Wednesday, 1 May

ANZAC Assembly is on Friday of week 1 - Friday, 3 May at 2pm sharp

posted on 12 Apr 2019

Learning Journeys in Week 10

Learning Journeys for all classes will take place next week. Dates and times are shown below and all Learning Journeys take place in the classroom. Come along and marvel at what your children have been learning and producing.

YearDate and time
KindyFriday 12 April, 9am-10am
Year 1Wednesday 10 April, 8.30am-9.15am
Year 2Thursday 11 April, 8.30am-9.15am
Year 3Wednesday 10 April, 8.30am-9.15am
Year 4Thursday 11 April, 8.15am-9.15am
Year 5Thursday 11 April, 8.45am-9.30am
Year 6Tuesday 9 April, 2.30pm-3.30pm

posted on 02 Apr 2019

K - 3 Swimming lessons with RLS ACT

Swimming lessons for Kindy to Year 3 start next Monday, 1 April and continue every school day until the end of term (Friday, 12 April). Swimming lessons will be at the Lakeside Leisure Centre, Tuggeranong.

Lesson times for each class are shown in the table below. Please note a new class timeslot for KT has been scheduled.

All children need to wear/bring the following to school every swimming day:

  • swimmers, worn under school uniform;
  • thongs or other suitable wet area footwear;
  • underwear to change into after swimming;
  • towel;
  • plastic bag for wet items.
3J & 3AT (half)10.05am-10.35am
3S & 3AT (half)10.40am-11.10am
2N & 2BG (half)11.15am-11.45am
2T & 2BG (half)11.50am-12.20pm
Year 112.25pm-12.55pm
KN and KR1pm-1.30pm
KT1.35pm - 2.05pm

posted on 25 Mar 2019

Harmony Day - Friday, 22 March

Don't forget our special Harmony Day assembly is at 2pm this Friday in the Old Hall. All are welcome. Also children can wear national costume or orange to school on Friday.

posted on 18 Mar 2019

TPS Autumn Fair 2019

Torrens Primary School Autumn Fair 2019

Saturday, 30 March - 12 pm to 4 pm

For more about what's on offer at the fair, go to

To voluneer to help on the day,

posted on 14 Mar 2019

School Clean Up Day

Tomorrow - Friday, 1 March

Please send children to school tomorrow with some tongs or gloves (rubber or gardening) for our clean up of the school grounds tomorrow.



posted on 28 Feb 2019

2019 Class Information Sessions timetable

2019 Class Information Sessions - Wednesday, 20 February from 5pm

posted on 14 Feb 2019

2019 School Board Nomination Form

Nominations for three vacancies for Parents and citizens members on the Torrens Primary School Board opened on Monday 4 February at 11am. The nomination period remains open until 11am Monday 18 February. Nominations must be made on the Nomination Form available at the front office or find it here.

posted on 06 Feb 2019