North Ainslie Primary School


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 five hundred and fifty 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. Almost sixty 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 four 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)

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Maths Builder Champion

Posted on 01 Jun 2015

Maths Success!
Watch out for the North Ainslie student who became a new champion on the Maths Builder website! He earned our school some new resources. 


Posted on 01 Jun 2015

Soccer Success!
It was wonderful to hear of the success of the North Ainslie students who represented our school at the ACT PSSA Soccer competition on May 29th. The girl's team won the tournament and a North Ainslie student also won the sportsmanship award.

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