Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

  • Thank you so much for supporting kids with Cancer on Wear Your Footy Colours Day. We raised $95.50. A special thank you to Jason Clark of The Rabbitohs who came to support also.
  • Last day of term for preschool is Thursday 27 September.
  • Just a friendly reminder that it's a good idea to place an ice pack in your child's lunch box. The weather will be warming up soon and lunches are not refrigerated. Afternoon tea is placed in the fridge.

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

  • Children have a strong sense of identity.
  • Children feel safe, secure, and supported
  • Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency
  • Children develop knowledgeable and confident self- identities
  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Banksmeadow Kindi Orientation

The children attending Banksmeadow Kindergarten in 2019 had orientation on Tuesday. The children went up to the big school for the morning and had opportunity to explore the kindergarten room. They engaged in a variety of activities with the Year Five students on hand to help. The group had fun using the computers, iPads and the interactive white boards with the older children. Our preschoolers met other children who will be attending Kindergarten with them next year. Oliver was excited when he saw a friend from Zig and Zag that will be going to Banksmeadow next year as well. The children listened to a story and participated in some action songs with Mrs Twitchings, one of the Kindergarten teachers. The group received a warm welcome back from their friends when they returned to preschool. The children shared with the others about what they had done at the Kindi class.

The children-

  • approach new safe situations with confidence
  • are open to new challenges and discoveries
  • show interest in other children and being part of a group

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  • Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation

  • Children respond to diversity with respect

  • Children become aware of fairness

  • Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Wonder of Nature

When the children went outside on Monday, they were so excited to see Rainbow Lorikeets in our trees eating the nectar from the blossoms. They flew between the trees and played amongst the branches with each other, while the children watched from below.

Evader said, "They're my friends. I feed them apples at my home, they walk on my arm." Evandar had the biggest smile on his face as he watched the birds play in the trees.

The children-

  • show growing appreciation and care for natural environments
  • explore relationships with other living things and observe, notice and respond to change
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Our Blue Tongue Visitor!

During lunchtime outside, Aiden came up to Mrs Nicol and said he had seen a lizard. Mrs Nicol using her hands said to Aiden, "Is it this big?" indicating a small lizard. Aiden replied, "No it's this big!" using his hands to show a much larger lizard.

Mrs Nicol followed Aiden to find a large blue tongue lizard sunning itself in the play ground. The lizard was moved to the main school bushlands for its safety, not before all the children had opportunity to have a close look and pat of the amazing lizard.

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Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

  • Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing

  • Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

Footy Colours Day!

The class participated in Footy Colours Day, enjoying a variety of activities in the class. The Futsal table was occupied all morning with the children discussing rules, teams and the score keeping throughout the game. Another group were practising their throwing skills aiming for the buckets to score a point as they hit their target. The children laughed and shared in the excitement of their friends as they scored a goal. Each of the children cheered on their friends as they took aim. This was very popular throughout the day and both activities have been requested for the following day.

We had a visit from South Sydney Rabbitohs player Jason Clark, (Isabelle and Ella's uncle) who spoke to the children about being a professional football player. He spoke about the importance of sportsmanship and being a team player. He shared about the value of eating healthy food and doing regular exercise. The children listened respectfully as Jason spoke and had opportunity to ask questions. The children were excited to tell Jason the sports they played and the football teams they supported. Everyone gave Jason a high-five as they left the room and wished him all the best for his game on the weekend.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

  • Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

  • Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one setting to another

  • Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

Fire Visit!

There was squealing and jumping as the children noticed the Fire Truck arrive. We were very lucky to have the Botany Fire Brigade visit our centre this week. The children were excellent listeners, who responded to what the Firemen said and answered questions appropriately. They communicated their own ideas and also asked their own questions.

The children were excited when they had a turn holding the fire hose and squirting the water across the yard. Everyone had opportunity to climb into the truck and have a good look around. The firefighters showed the children all the tools carried on the truck and told them about different scenarios that they would be used in emergencies. The children thanked the firefighters for the visit and reflected on the visit over the rest or the day building their own fire trucks with construction when they came inside.

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