Photograph of North Ainslie school band performing at a school assembly

Photograph of North Ainslie school band performing at a school assembly

Photograph of North Ainslie students playing basketball

Photograph of North Ainslie students playing basketball

Photograph of North Ainslie students eating lunch at school camp

Photograph of North Ainslie students eating lunch at school camp

Photograph of North Ainslie students building a tent

Photograph of North Ainslie students building a tent

Photograph of North Ainslie students playing chess

Photograph of North Ainslie students playing chess

Photograph of North Ainslie students using an interactive whiteboard during class

Photograph of North Ainslie students using an interactive whiteboard during class

Photograph of North Ainslie students in class with hands raised to answer a question

Photograph of North Ainslie students in class with hands raised to answer a question

Photograph of North Ainslie students being read to by teacher

Photograph of North Ainslie students being read to by teacher

Photograph of North Ainslie students dancing energetically

Photograph of North Ainslie students dancing energetically

Photograph of two North Ainslie students using one of the school computers

Photograph of two North Ainslie students using one of the school computers

Photograph of North Ainslie students participating in reading groups

Photograph of North Ainslie students participating in reading groups

Photograph of students and teacher singing and doing actions to the song

Photograph of students and teacher singing and doing actions to the song

Photograph of children planting hands for reconciliation in shape of Australian Aboriginal flag

Photograph of children planting hands for reconciliation in shape of Australian Aboriginal flag

Photograph of North Ainslie bright coloured library desk with a sweeping curved metallic surface

Photograph of North Ainslie bright coloured library desk with a sweeping curved metallic surface

Photograph of North Ainslie colourful library nook with red curved soft bench seat

Photograph of North Ainslie colourful library nook with red curved soft bench seat

Photograph of North Ainslie students reading between bookshelves

Photograph of North Ainslie students reading between bookshelves

Photograph of North Ainslie students being guided by Dickson College students playing sport

Photograph of North Ainslie students being guided by Dickson College students playing sport

Photograph of North Ainslie student participation in combined band

Photograph of North Ainslie student participation in combined band

Photograph of drumming circle at North Ainslie

Photograph of drumming circle at North Ainslie

Photograph of North Ainslie student answering questions while using an interactive whiteboard

Photograph of North Ainslie student answering questions while using an interactive whiteboard

Photograph of North Ainslie student answering a question using a special pen on the interactive whiteboard

Photograph of North Ainslie student answering a question using a special pen on the interactive whiteboard

Photograph of North Ainslie student painting a mural on a wall

Photograph of North Ainslie student painting a mural on a wall

Photograph of North Ainslie students playing on school play equipment

Photograph of North Ainslie students playing on school play equipment

Photograph of North Ainslie student reading "Miss Thackery and the Bee"

Photograph of North Ainslie student reading "Miss Thackery and the Bee"

Photograph of North Ainslie student reading "A Dad who measures up"

Photograph of North Ainslie student reading "A Dad who measures up"

Photograph of North Ainslie students working together in an exercise book

Photograph of North Ainslie students working together in an exercise book

Photograph of North Ainslie student smiling at the camera while working in exercise book

Photograph of North Ainslie student smiling at the camera while working in exercise book

Photograph of North Ainslie student smiling at the camera while practicing writing

Photograph of North Ainslie student smiling at the camera while practicing writing

Photograph of North Ainslie student reaching for pencils to complete work

Photograph of North Ainslie student reaching for pencils to complete work

Photograph of a very thoughtful North Ainslie student

Photograph of a very thoughtful North Ainslie student

Photograph of a performer walking a rope held between two North Ainslie students

Photograph of a performer walking a rope held between two North Ainslie students

Students testing the effects of inclined planes on a wheeled toy.

Students testing the effects of inclined planes on a wheeled toy.

School Assembly

School Assembly

Maths Group

Maths Group


 

North Ainslie at a glance

Welcome

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.

Sincerely
Louise Owens (Principal)