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


Latest News at North Ainslie Primary School

Please click here to see more news from North Ainslie Primary School

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Posted on 25 Jan 2021



The uniform shop will be open on Friday 29th Jan between 9-11am.


To save you time and help us be COVID-safe, you can order online now, and collect your order next week. We will notify you when your order is ready to collect. Orders will be packed Sunday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon, and Friday morning, so order NOW.


Collection options are:

from Vacation Care (in the Hall) 8am-6pm next Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday




from the Uniform Shop on Friday morning. 


If your online order needs a size swap, you can bring it in on Friday morning to exchange. 


Go to to order now!

Stationery Packs 2021

Posted on 23 Dec 2020

Please order at
COS will be supplying your 2021 stationery packs. 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 items 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 for the start of Term.
The items listed on the following page have been selected as being required for Kinder in 2021. To ensure delivery prior to Term 1, 2021, please place your order by 6th January 2021.
2021 Requirements for Online Ordering
Listed below are the easy steps for placing your online order available from 3rd December 2020.
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 task bar
2. Enter the Username: Password: Parents-21
3. Select the Year level required for 2021
4. Review product selection based on your requirements
- Please note, items may have been marked as either mandatory or optional by your school
5. Add your Pack to the Cart
6. Enter your Child’s Details & Delivery Details
7. Enter in your credit card details and submit
You will receive an order confirmation via email.
Delivery Guarantee –
- All orders placed before 6th January 2021 will be delivered to the school prior to Term 1, 2021 commencing.
- Orders after this date cannot be guaranteed to arrive on time and may be delivered to your school a few weeks into the school term.

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.

Latest News Archives