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90th Birthday Oral History Project and Open Day

Posted on 18 Apr 2017

A flyer for the oral history projectCurrent Ainslie students are conducting oral history interviews and collecting memories from former students and teachers.

We would be delighted if you would like to participate in our Oral History Project!

 If you would like to be interviewed or have suggestions for interviewees please let us know.

There are two ways to be involved:

1. Written memories. These can be short snippets or longer stories.

2. Oral history interviews. Student interviewers will work with ANU oral historian Mary Hutchison and sound designer, Kimmo Vennonen to conduct oral history interviews during the 2017 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival when our heritage-listed Donaldson Street school building will be open for the day on Saturday 29 April 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

90th Birthday Trivia Night

Posted on 18 Apr 2017

image of a balloon

Ainslie School Trivia Night - 19th May

Hosted by former parent and ABC sports commentator, Tim Gaval, who will be asking 90 trivia questions to celebrate Ainslie School's 90th birthday.

Don't forget to bring your cash as there will be a silent auction, $20 lucky dip and if you are really (un)lucky fines for bad behaviour!

Table bookings open now: http://ainslieschool.simplesite.com/427178842

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

90th birthday logo

For information regarding the school's 90th birthday events in 2017 click here

Meet the 2017 School Captains

Photo of 2017 school captains

(L - R) May, Ella, Kaian and Ben

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