Ainslie School occupies spacious grounds in the inner north of Canberra with two ovals and over 120 heritage protected, non-native trees. The 1938 main building and library are in an Art Deco style and, in 2011, a multipurpose building with a performing arts space, two classrooms and a kitchen was added. Both of Ainslie School's preschool sites (Dirrawan Gardens in Reid and Baker Gardens in Ainslie) are well positioned with leafy playgrounds and established gardens. There is a focus on children becoming socially responsible and showing respect for the environment through embedding sustainable practices at both sites.
During 2014, Ainslie School's P&C Association developed two community gardens at the front of the school adjacent to Donaldson Street Braddon to support the ACT Health Directorate's Fresh Tastes at School program. Schools are encouraged to support families and children to have healthy lifestyles through leadership, encouraging learning about healthy nutrition and by providing healthy food and drink choices in the school setting.
Fresh Tastes offers participating schools up to $10,000 worth of services, resources and incentives over 3 years from ACT Government, local community and business partners to make healthy food and drink a feature of everyday life at school.
The Fresh Tastes program recognises that change takes time and that schools will need to take small steps to move towards healthier food and drinks throughout the school environment.
Fresh Tastes actions focus on:
- food for sale at school, including school canteens
- implementing healthy food and drink guidelines
- cooking and growing food
- classroom learning about good nutrition
- supporting healthy food from home.
Fresh Tastes is jointly funded by the ACT Government and the Australian Government as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH).