North Ainslie Primary School


Welcome to North Ainslie Primary School, a community based  school situated in the inner north of Canberra. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) school we pride ourselves on educating the whole child, with an emphasis on looking globally, and having our students build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.  With strong programs in literacy and numeracy, we focus on inquiry learning where our students think critically and work together to challenge themselves.  We actively teach, and celebrate, the attributes of the IB Primary Years Program to ensure our students are: Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators, Knowledgeable, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced and Reflective.  Coupled with the IB Attitudes we have a school culture that is open, caring and community based.  We welcome all members of our community into our school and classrooms as we work together for the benefit of our students.

This community spirit is embodied by the way in which we work with our Board and P and C and volunteer organisations from our area.  We have an excellent volunteer program with community members coming regularly to the school to work with students in our Breakfast Club, Meccano Club, Homework Club and in their classrooms.  Our student welfare is based on positive and caring relationships with our students, our behaviour management policy and restorative practices being used across the school.

North Ainslie Primary was established in 1958 and continues to be a proud hub for our community.  The school has two preschool sites, one at North Ainslie Primary School and one in Hackett.  Our preschools provide an outstanding foundation for learning with their play based programs based on the Early Years Framework.  Kindergarten to year 6 classes build on this foundation with our inquiry learning, literacy and numeracy and excellent arts programs which include a visual arts specialist, year 5 and 6 bands, the Music Enrichment Program through the Australian National University and regular participation in the Northside Spectacular.  Our Healthy Eating Hub works with our canteen to provide opportunities to work in our vegetable gardens and learn about cooking and eating healthy food.  Students also participate in French classes and have regular opportunities to take part in sporting events and clinics.  The school has three Introductory Education Classes and an Autism Learning Support  Unit which reflect the diverse and inclusive nature of our school.

Our school works hard to meet the needs of each child with an emphasis on differentiating the curriculum and providing a range of opportunities in a variety of curriculum areas.  We promote growth in learning for all students and work collaboratively with families to achieve this outcome.  We welcome enquiries from all families who live in our Priority Enrolment Area (PEA) and want you to know that our door is always open.

Tania Collis


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Enrolling for 2020 and North Ainslie Information Session

Posted on 03 May 2019

Enrolling for 2020 and North Ainslie Information Session

Applications for enrolment at Canberra Public Schools opened on Monday 29 April.  For applications received by 7 June, offers will begin from 29 July.  Further details on enrolling can be found on the Directorate’s website at


For families who live in our Priority Enrolment Area (PEA) we will be holding an Information Session on Wednesday, 15 May starting at 9.15am.  We will meet in the hall to talk about the PYP and what makes NAPS special.  Families will then be able to tour the school and see learning in action.  If you know someone who would like to attend our session, please pass on this information to them and direct them to our Front Office for further details. 


Stationery Packs 2019

Posted on 08 Jan 2018

Stationery Packs for 2019

This year we will be using OfficeMax for our stationery packs as will all ACT public schools. All ordering of book packs will be online only and must be paid for by PayPal, Visa or MasterCard at the time of ordering.


Visit and follow these easy steps:

1. Search for your school North Ainslie Primary School, Ainslie, ACT and enter your school access key 3XW4Uif required.

2. Complete the student’s details and select Kindy.

3. Review your requirements list and make changes (if required).

Please note: some list items have been denoted by your school as a requisite for the subject or year.

4. If you need additional items, top up from our Back to School special range, and checkout.


  • All Orders will be delivered to North Ainslie Primary School.
  • Orders placed on or before 16th December 2018 will not incur a delivery charge.
  • Orders placed after 16th December 2018 will incur a delivery cost of $12.95.
  • Orders placed after 13th January 2019 are not guaranteed to be delivered to school by day 1, term 1 2019.

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