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Preschool 2017 Information Night

Posted on 03 Apr 2016

A photo of preschool information night flyerAinslie School is hosting a preschool information session for prospective parents on Wednesday 6 April at 5.15pm. If you are thinking about enrolling your child into one of Ainslie School's preschool settings (Ainslie, Baker Gardens or Reid, Dirrawan Gardens) for the 2017 school year,  then please come along to the information session to meet the teachers, team leader, principal and have your questions answered about these quality early childhood settings and the programs.

Building Partnerships = Building Social Capital!

Posted on 22 Mar 2016

A photo of a child and his grandma at Ainslie's Baker Garden Preschool sharing a picture book with the other childrenThis week at Ainslie School's Baker Garden Preschool, Dan and his Gran shared one of their favourite picture books with the other children who attend the preschool. At Ainslie School we believe in the importance of empowering families, being welcoming, demonstrating deep respect and a belief that families have their child’s best interests at heart. Partnerships involve establishing a sense of community, where both children and families know that they belong and make a valuable contribution.

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 2016 School Captains

Photo of the 2016 School Captains

(L - R) Harper, Beth, Taj and Isaac

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