North Ainslie at a glance
On behalf of every child, every parent and every staff member, I welcome you to North Ainslie Primary School.
North Ainslie Primary is a co-educational primary school, situated in inner northern Canberra and providing an education for four hundred and twenty students. We are proud to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) from preschool to year 6.
North Ainslie Primary was established in 1958, with Terry O’Connell as founding principal. O’Connell was considered an innovative leader in education and was principal of North Ainslie until 1974. North Ainslie was very much a community school in 1958. Over fifty years later, the school continues to boast a wonderfully strong community base. We also proudly celebrate a uniquely diverse student clientele. North Ainslie students come from over forty different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, attending either our mainstream school or our Introductory English Centre (IEC). We also host a learning support unit for students with autism and provide an inclusive mainstream education for children with disabilities.
We offer three fifteen hour preschool sessions, all of which deliver our IB inquiry program and a play based developmental curriculum, underpinned by the Early Years Learning Framework. We highly value play based learning, which continues to be a strong element of our Primary Years Program in kindergarten to year 2.
The inquiry approach to teaching and learning continues into the later primary years. Through purposeful, guided inquiry we strive to develop students who are knowledgeable, curious, intelligent, open-minded and caring. We hope that, as truly internationally minded young people possessing these attributes, our students will take positive action in their world.
Louise Owens (Principal)