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'Ainslie Food' - cookbook to be launched!

Posted on 05 Oct 2015

Photo of the front cover of Ainslie School's new cookbook and invitation to a launch

Recipes from our community to your table. Join us as Minister Joy Burch launches the Ainslie School Cookbook, celebrating our delicious and diverse community at
Sage Restaurant’s Mint Bar, Gorman House Arts Centre.

Tickets are strictly limited:
$30 – canapes and a drink
$60 – canapes, drink and cookbook

RSVP: nova@homemail.com.au

Payment details: BSB: 062 900 Account number: 0080 2438
Account Name: Ainslie Primary School P&C Association Inc.
Please include the following payment reference code:
CBK[your surname][your first initial]launch
For example: CBKSmithJlaunch

Sakura trees in bloom - a reminder!

Posted on 02 Oct 2015

Photo of sakura cherry blossom trees on the school grounds

In 1966/7 Ainslie School led the way as the first primary school in the ACT to offer Japanese classes. In March 1967, the Honourable Doug Anthony, then Minister of the Interior, planted a Gingko tree in the school grounds. Later, a grove of 24 cherry trees were planted. The Sakura are currently starting to bloom adjacent to the basketball courts.

A sister school relationship between Tsubai, the oldest elementary (primary) school in Nara (1872), and Ainslie, the oldest primary school in Canberra (1927) currently exists. Nara had been a capital city, Canberra is a capital city and both schools have famous, former students, including the Mayor of Nara.

Ainslie School has just finished creating a multimedia presentation about the Japanese language program. This presentation has been wrapped as a gift for Tsubai Elementary School and will be presented to the school over the coming weeks.

Principal's Welcome...

Photo of the principal of the school

Ainslie School was founded in 1927, the second Canberra school after Telopea Park, and it is rich with history and tradition. Enrolment in the school is a first step on the pathway to a quality public education in the inner north which includes Campbell High School and Dickson College for students living in our Priority Enrolment Area.

Ainslie School teachers are members of an effective Professional Learning Community (PLC) the characteristics of which include a focus on learning, a collaborative culture and a results orientation. The main purpose of our school is learning, for students and staff.

Teachers work collaboratively in teams to answer the four key questions that guide an effective PLC:

  • What do we want our students to know, understand and be able to do?
  • How will we know when they have learned it?
  • How do we respond when they don't learn?
  • How do we enrich and extend the learning when they already know it?

The quality of teaching is the most important factor in student learning and our improvement efforts are concentrated on being better teachers. The curriculum, which includes the released areas of the Australian Curriculum and the ACT Every Chance to Learn Framework, is delivered through explicit teaching and integrated inquiry. The Walker Learning Approach is a feature of the Early Childhood years. In our preschools, Reid and Ainslie Baker Gardens, the national Early Years Learning Framework informs learning programs and a comprehensive orientation program prepares students for Kindergarten.

The Ainslie School community is active, supportive and diverse with students coming from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Almost a quarter of our students speak one of thirty-six first languages and have English as Another Language and/or Dialect (EALD). The largest language groups are Vietnamese, Mandarin, Mongolian and Nepali. They bring valuable perspectives to enrich our culture.

Our Japanese program is highly regarded and is made more effective by our access to the Japanese Teacher's Assistant Program which involves our hosting a native Japanese speaker for most of the year. The music program has been enriched by years of association with the ANU School of Music, which is obvious in school assemblies and during special events in the quality of the singing and band performances.

Parents and Carers of Ainslie students are vitally interested in the education of their children and keen to be involved in the school. Many contribute their expertise to enrich the teaching and learning programs and time to support the school and its students.

Students at Ainslie live core values of Respect, Excellence and Community and have articulated their wish for the school to prepare them for high school and later life. Their commitment to social equity is demonstrated by their willingness to donate money, effort or time to help others.

Ainslie is a very welcoming school full of passionate and skilful teachers, enthusiastic students and involved parents and carers. I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to teach here.

Kate Chapman, Principal of Ainslie School

Meet the 2015 School Captains

A photo of the 2015 school captains

(L- R)  Isaac, Emma, Mrs Chapman, Jude and Eliza

Many of the photos for this website have been taken by Mel McDonald, operator of Meltin Studios and Petroglyph Photography. For further information about the photos, please contact Mel