Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events and General Reminders

  • Book Parade- Week 5. Wednesday 22nd August.
  • Preschool interviews are taking place with your child's teacher. Please select a suitable time from the time sheets at the sign in area if you would like to have a chat.
  • 2:55pm is Preschool pick up time. Teachers often have paperwork to complete and meetings to attend. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Please make sure you have enrolled your child for Banksmeadow school next year. We have enrolment forms here for you if required.
  • Double Parking is unsafe and illegal. Please take care not to do this.
  • Hats are required every day.

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

Athletics Carnival

We had great fun at the athletics carnival. The children tried really hard and participated well in all the events. We had sack races, javelin throwing, chicken throwing, parachute, egg and spoon races, relays, hurdles and a three legged race. It was fun to watch the children enjoy themselves. We're sure they will sleep well tonight!

It was also nice to see so many parents attend and support the carnival. Thank you.



  • Children are open to new challenges
  • Children persist when faced with challenges
  • Children cope with the unexpected and display resilience

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

The Slide

Piper, Penny and Charlie had been working with the blocks.

"What have you made?" asked Mrs Royston.

"It's a slide," replied Piper.

"How do you use it?" questioned Mrs Royston.

"You have to climb up there and then slide down," answered Penny.

"I'll show you," said Piper.

Piper went ahead and displayed how it worked. A few of the other girls came across to check it out too and have a go. Part of it eventually fell and the girls decided to leave it.


  • Children cooperate with others and negotiate roles and relationships
  • Children express an opinion
  • Children are playful and respond positively to others
  • Children listen to others' ideas

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

Australian Animals

We have been looking at some Australian animals, as many children seem to be unaware of what they are. Therefore, we've been reading lots of different books such as 'Wombat Stew,' 'Possum in the House,' 'Possum Magic,' and 'Swim Little Wombat,' The children have enjoyed these and are beginning to have a increased knowledge of the Australian animal names. They often ask for them to be reread. In our discussion we learned that koalas like eucalyptus leaves. "What are eucalyptus leaves?" asked someone. To show the children, we walked down and checked out our trees. We've also learned new words such as nocturnal, so ask your child if they remember what it means.



  • Children are curious and enthusiastic participants in their learning
  • Children participate in rich and meaningful experiences
  • Children transfer knowledge from one setting to another
  • Children engage in learning relationships
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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

Alphabet

In the Kookaburra class we have been doing different activities to highlight the letters of the alphabet. The children have been practising saying the letters in their name and finding the alphabet through the fishing activity. There have also been opportunities for the children to write the letters and other words.

Early literacy is important for school readiness.



  • Children interact with others to explore ideas and challenge thinking
  • Children develop an understanding that symbols are a powerful means of communication
  • Children begin to be aware of the relationship between oral, written and visual representations