The iconic Art Deco school building (Donaldson St, Braddon) was designed by Cuthbert Whitely in 1936, and completed in 1938. Whitely also designed the original Canberra High School, now the School of Art at the ANU.

Welcome to our 90th birthday celebrations!


Ainslie School was opened in September 1927 by Prime Minister Stanley Bruce.

2017 is the 90th anniversary of this historic event.

Located in the centre of Canberra, Ainslie School is rich with history and tradition, and the school community has planned a range of activites to celebrate this special milestone including:



Our school is part of a wonderful community and many local businesses, organisations and institutions are supporting our 90th celebrations.

There are lots of way to help out by volunteering at one our great events and we have a range of special 90th birthday merchandise to help support and celebrate this great year.

For further information on Ainslie School's 90th celebrations, please contact Principal Kate Chapman ( or the P&C's 90th birthday coordinator Mel McDonald (

A crowd gathered at the opening of Ainslie School in September 1927 (Elouera St, Braddon). The Ainslie Arts Centre is now housed in the original school building.

Ainslie School in 2017.