02 Feb 2023

Torrens Primary School Board - Nominations open Monday 6 February 2023

The Education Act 2004 (the Act) requires that each government school is to have a school board as a way of sharing authority and responsibility with the local school community.

School boards are based on two principles:

1. school communities should participate in school decision-making and should be able to determine their own educational policies, and

2. decision-making at the school level should involve school staff and the school community, including parents, carers and students.

The school board is responsible for the school’s strategic direction. Operational matters are the responsibility of the principal.

Functions of the school boards include:

  • presenting an annual report to the Directorate and school community
  • Develop, maintain and review curriculum for the school, within the framework set by the Directorate
  • Develop and review school policies
  • Approve the school budget

The Torrens Primary School Board has a P&C Representative vacancy for 2023. This vacancy is for a period of 2 years.

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A two week nomination period will open on Monday, 6 February (Week 2) at 11am.  

If you would like to nominate for this vacancy, please see the Front Office for more information and a nomination form.

Nominations close on Monday, 20 February (Week 4) at 11am.

13 Dec 2022

Online School Stationery Orders

Access your child's list here.

You can order all your child's stationery requirements for 2023 online via COS's Torrens Primary School - Back to School (BTS) Parent Portal.

Click on Parent Portal - School Supplies | COS. Follow the prompts to select your child's 2023 year level to access the correct list of items for them as well as ordering instructions.

When prompted for a username and password, please use the following:

Username: torrensprimary@cos.net.au

Password: PARENTS-23

Please remember that delivery must be to your home address or place of work NOT to the school.

COS Delivery Guarantee  -   Orders placed before 9 January 2023 will be delivered to your home prior to Term 1 2023 commencing. Orders placed after this date cannot be guaranteed to arrive prior to the start of school.

Delivery Charges - Charges will apply for orders totalling less than $55 and for orders placed after 12 December. Refer to your order form for details. 

21 Sep 2022

Updates to the management of COVID-19 in ACT Public Schools

A message from the ACT Education Directorate: Updates to the management of COVID-19 in ACT public schools

Term 4 planning days (pupil free)

Two staff planning days (pupil free) will again be in place in Term 4. The dates are Friday 28 October 2022 and Monday 28 November 2022. 

These planning days provide an important opportunity for our staff to undertake training, plan for the remainder of the term and the year ahead and finalise end of year student reporting which can’t be done during class time.

While students may wish to use these days to catch up on homework and / or assignments, no additional work will be allocated to them on these days. Families may like to use these as wellbeing days for their children.

Students who can’t stay at home will be able to attend school and be supervised while undertaking general learning activities. Please confirm attendance with the front office on 6142 0777.

Changes to exposure advice in ACT public schools

Since the beginning of Term 1, ACT public schools have been providing families with email advice when a positive COVID-19 case within a cohort/class group has attended school during their infectious period.

From the beginning of Term 4, families will no longer receive an email every time a positive case is reported. Instead, families will be notified when there is an outbreak of COVID-19.

This change aligns with the recent change in public reporting by ACT Health.

Schools will continue to have COVID Smart measures in place to support the health and wellbeing of everyone at school.

Do I still need to tell my school if my child has been at school while potentially infectious? Yes. Anyone who has attended school while positive with COVID-19 must still notify their school. Schools provide this data to the Education Directorate and ACT Health each week and it remains an important tool to help identify any potential outbreaks or areas of concern in our schools.

How will I know if there is an outbreak in my school? You will be notified by text message when there is a higher number of cases in a particular cohort/class group or if a confirmed case is deemed as high risk. This will enable appropriate measures to be put in place to manage these exposures.

Your school will let you know if they need to make any temporary changes to learning.

A reminder to stay COVID smart at school

To help reduce the impacts on learning as a result of illness, please remember to:  

·         Stay up to date with COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations. 

·         Do not attend school if unwell or if you have tested positive to COVID-19.

·         Practise good hand and respiratory hygiene.

·         Wear a mask when appropriate.

If your child or young person is a household contact, they may still attend school as long as they do not have any symptoms and have tested negative for COVID-19. Please follow ACT Health advice and let your school know by contacting the front office.

Message from the Principal


Welcome to Torrens Primary School! We are a vibrant, colourful P-6 school set in spacious grounds, with three offsite preschools in Chifley, Pearce and Torrens. We enjoy strong community involvement and support in all aspects of school life. The partnership between school and home is extremely important to develop and foster high academic achievement, meaningful relationships and a love of learning in our students.

At Torrens Primary School, teamwork and tolerance are promoted. High quality educational and extra curricula programs are presented by an extremely dedicated and involved team of staff. Torrens is known for the range of incredible opportunities offered to students throughout their years here. From gymnastics to soccer, carnivals to camps, djembe drumming to choirs,   concerts and talent quests. We have the latest technology, screens, devices and robots. We are part of an active cluster. Along with Mawson and Farrer Primary schools, we work with Melrose High School and Canberra College to offer outstanding transition programs.

At Torrens Primary School, we cater for a broad range of individual differences including gifted and talented students and students with special needs. Emphasis is placed on providing the best possible start during the first years of schooling. Early intervention programs include the development of early literacy and numeracy skills through an active support team led by the Deputy Principal. The team includes Executive teachers, School Psychologist, EALD staff, learning assistants, parents and special interest partners such as One Link, Woden Community Services and the Schools Volunteer Program.

Torrens Primary School is a resilient, thriving social democracy. Together we are building an inspiring and inclusive vision. The staff, students and community are united in working towards excellence in education, promoting diversity and nurturing a culture of wellbeing. Everyone is celebrated as an individual. Plans are personalised. Learning is differentiated. Students are engaged in their learning. Positive outcomes are achieved. Our collegial nature places a high priority on trust, collaboration and positive relationships. There is a sense of belonging and pride at Torrens. Welcome to the journey.

Every learner. Every day.

Rachel Matthews - Principal

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