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Ainslie School Welcomes ‘Molly Polly’ - Our Service Dog

Posted on 08 May 2015

Photo of an Ainslie School's Service Dog

Molly Polly is the name given to a very cute Silky Terrier puppy that will start at Ainslie School on Monday as a registered Service Dog. Molly is quite smart, playful and an incredibly happy-go-lucky little dog that loves children, her family and her trainers.  Molly will attend Ainslie School every day with Hannah and Olivia in Year 2. You may see her walking to school, in Japanese, library or music lessons, on the playground, walking in the corridors or learning beside the children in class. Welcome to our school Molly!



Hannah and Olivia receive some clever PAWS Assistance at our school

Posted on 08 May 2015

Photo of a mother and twin girls at Ainslie School

Hannah and Olivia are 7 year old identical twins who attend Ainslie School and live with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and anxiety.  Unfortunately, because Hannah was diagnosed with diabetes when she was two, she is often hypo (low) unaware.  This is quite dangerous, especially at night.  Olivia developed severe anxiety, due to her twin's diagnosis.  Within 4 ½ years both girls had developed T1D and anxiety. After consultation with the Guide Dogs - Pets as Therapy Officer,  Adrienne (Olivia and Hannah's mum), purchased a puppy to be trained to help both girls with their anxiety and hypos.  An Australian Silky Terrier was chosen due to the breed being so loyal, hardy and they don't moult.  'Dogs on The Run' (an ACT service) helped train Molly in obedience to meet the criteria to be an Assistance Dog.  Molly's diabetes training comes from 'Diabetic Alert Dog University' in the USA.  Molly is registered as a Trainee Service Dog through 'MindDogs'.  This organisation certifies Assistance Dogs for those people with mental health illnesses.  Molly is half way through her diabetes training.  At present she picks up 50+% of hypos and all high ketone events.  She has alerted her family at 4am to Hannah requiring an ambulance.  We welcome Molly to Ainslie School.



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

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