Parent and Carer involvement

Ainslie School has a strong sense of community engagement due to the energetic and generous involvement of our parents and carers. We are committed to building and promoting ongoing productive partnerships. We acknowledge the role of parents as each child's first and most influential teacher.

Parent and carer participation at Ainslie School is important as it enhances social and educational outcomes for children, builds social capital as well as improves communication between classrooms and homes. Participation also allows Ainslie School to benefit from a rich sociocultural and linguistic diversity of families throughout our preschool to year 6 classroom settings. We like to promote Ainslie School's activities to our school community as well as to members of the wider Canberra community.

Photo of a father working with his children and an ipad in the school library 

Parents, carers and community members are invited to volunteer and/or support the important work of the school in a variety of ways:

  • Responsibility for the school's strategic direction through membership of the School Board
  • Assistance in library, visual arts, chess, science, visual arts or the breakfast program
  • Identifying as a classroom helper - tasks may include being involved with supervising small groups for literacy and numeracy activities, assisting with the home reading program, helping with lunchtime student interest groups or by offering to share expert skills with the children
  • Helping out on class excursions as an extra adult supervisor
  • Assisting in Kidzbar
  • Contributing to the school's active P&C Association or one of the many P&C sub-committees or teams
  • Becoming a 'Friday Friend' (these kind people come in to assist teachers by photocopying, laminating, making literacy and maths resources and doing other odd jobs)
  • Attending celebrations of learning in your child's classroom or attending parent/teacher interviews, conferences, presentations, information nights, performances, learning journeys and assemblies 
  • Joining us for the annual sporting carnivals and special sporting events
  • Participating in annual or biennial community events like 'Down the Garden Path' or contributing to school working bees, special activities and fundraising activities such as catering at functions, concerts or cake stalls
  • Completing surveys, questionnaires or providing feedback
  • Assisting us to design and build our outdoor learning spaces or helping with our semi established community gardens at all three sites
  • Assisting us to care and feed the menagerie of classroom pets and our three sets of garden chooks (we do like our chook tractors!)  both during the school week and over the school holiday periods
  • keeping a check on the school sites (Donaldson Street, Dirrawan Gardens and Baker Gardens) as you walk or drive by in the evenings, over the weekends or during school holiday periods
  • Sharing your skills in carpentry, metal engineering, landscaping, home sorting/organistion or stitching to help us keep our school well organised, maintained and repaired through assistance with special projects

Being involved in the school's community is a great way to meet like minded and interesting people and Ainslie School prides itself on this great sense of community spirit!

child and teacher reading