North Ainslie at a Glance


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 2021 and North Ainslie Information Session

Posted on 11 May 2020

Enrolling for 2021 and North Ainslie Information Session

Applications for enrolment at Canberra Public Schools opened on Tuesday 28 April.  For applications received by 5 June, offers will begin from 27 July.  Further details on enrolling can be found on the Directorate’s website at

As a school, we are exploring ways of sharing what we do in a new way as we are unable to have our traditional Information Session for prospective families.  More on this soon.

Stationery Packs 2020

Posted on 06 Dec 2019

Stationery Packs for 2020

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

COS is a 100% Australian Family Owned & Operated school supplier.  We’ve been working with COS to make sure your child has an easy start to the new school year.  We’ve selected the list of item your child needs to start the year and worked with COS so you can order everything you need in one go and it will be delivered to the school before school starts. To ensure delivery prior to Term 1, 2020, please place your order by 10th January 2020.

2020 Requirements for Online Ordering

Listed below are the easy steps for placing your online order available from 2nd December 2019.

Ready to order?

For a fast, simple and secure way to place your order visit and follow these steps:

  1. Click on School Packs in menu
  2. Enter User Name: & Password: Parents-20
  3. Select your Grade
  4. Add your Pack to the Cart
  5. Enter your Childs Details
  6. Enter in your credit card details and submit


  • All Orders will be delivered to North Ainslie Primary School.
  • All orders placed before 19th December 2019 includes free delivery to the school.
  • Orders placed after 19th December will incur a $9.95 delivery fee.
  • Orders placed prior to 10th January 2020 will be delivered to the school prior to Term 1, 2020 commencing.
  • Orders after this date cannot be guaranteed to arrive on time, and will instead be delivered to the school a few weeks into the school term.

The Art &Craft consumables allowance will be forwarded by COS to North Ainslie Primary. It helps to cover such things as art and craft resources, unit of inquiry and Internet access.
A student equity fund exists for families experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the principal or business manager if you require financial assistance to purchase the required stationery items.

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