Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events and General Reminders

  • Come as a Farmer fund-raising. Tuesday 28 & Thursday 30 August. Children may come dressed as a farmer and make a donation to Buy a Bale. If your child attends both days they may dress on both days, but only one donation is required.
  • Father's Day Stall and Breakfast- Friday 31 August. Children donate a wrapped gift for the stall and then purchase a gift for their father or significant other. Prices range from $1-$15. The breakfast will take place from 8am at the school. For further information, please refer to the pink note in your child's note pocket. Banksmeadow P & C thank you for your support.
  • 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, so no need for one in there.
  • Banksmeadow Preschool enrolments are happening now. If you know someone looking for an early childhood preschool placement, please let them know.
  • 2:55pm is Preschool pick up time. Teachers often have paperwork to complete and meetings to attend. Thank you for your understanding.

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


One of the activities we provide encourages the children to think and choose the matching card to the picture. Each card runs on a theme such as: animal homes, weather, seeds, animal food and tails. The idea is to match the card to the picture and then check to see if they got it right. If the patterns don't match then they know they have made a mistake and can correct it. Mostly, the children were very clever and got it right!

  • Children are open to new challenges and activities
  • children persist when first attempts are not successful

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

Australian Animals

The Australian animals have been a real hit with the children. The activity has assisted the them to recall the animal names and talk about them with each other. If they are unsure of what the animal is called, they ask their friends, who are always willing to tell them.

Jayden said, "It's not a koala bear." We had talked about this. Koalas are not members of the bear family.

Emanuel said, "A kangaroo has a pouch."

Joshua said, "Echidna has spikes."

"What's this one?" asked Liv. "That's a Tasmanian devil," replied Mrs Royston.

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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

Fun With Playdough

Adam, Cooper and Joshua thoroughly enjoyed working at the playdough table.

"I'm making biscuits for mummy, daddy and Sienna," said Adam.

Joshua was referring to the Cook Book and decided to cook up a storm. "I'm making meatballs, pasta and doughnut," said Joshua.

Cooper made some biscuits too. "I need to put them in the oven. I need a timer," he said. Mrs Dickson set her phone so the timer would go off and tell Cooper that his biscuits were ready.

The boys were very content working at the activity and continued to stick with it for quite a while.

  • Children use play to investigate, explore and imagine ideas
  • Children initiate and contribute to play experiences emerging from their own ideas
  • Children transfer knowledge from one setting to another

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

  • Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

  • Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts

  • Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media

  • Children begin to understand how symbols and patters systems work

  • Children use information and communication technologies to access information. Investigate ideas and represent their thinking

We Love Writing!

Many of the children have become very interested in writing words. This has been great to see. Sometimes the illustrations are added to the word also. Picture clues are important to help children learn to read. Our Australian animal discussions have been a spark to get the children interested.

We have been spending some time recognising and naming the letters of the alphabet, particularly the letters of their name. It's very encouraging to see the interest and hopefully this will continue and extend into further activities.

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