Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events & General Reminders

  • Welcome back. It's hard to believe that this is the last term of the year. It's always very busy and very exciting as the children prepare for the following year.

  • Kids Into Kindy is held weeks 1-6. The Kookaburra class will attend again in weeks 3 and 5.

  • A big thank you to Mr Dickson (Mrs Dickson's husband) who came to Preschool during his own holidays and dug our new boat into the ground. We are very grateful for all his hard work. Thank you Mr Dickson! Thank you also to Miss Maree who tidied up our front lawn.

  • 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.

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

Collaborative Drawing

Mrs Royston had placed some cardboard on the table outside for the children to share. Liv, Penny and Charlie were enjoying using the cardboard together as they drew. They were able to negotiate their space and work together cooperatively.

The girls had each drawn pictures of their families. They were all enjoying eating icecream in different places. There were a variety of flavours including blueberry, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Yum!

  • Children maintain respectful relationships with other children
  • Children increasingly collaborate and cooperate with others
  • Children engage in and contribute to shared play experiences
  • Children feel recognised and respected for who they are.

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

Kids Into Kindy

It was very exciting visiting the school on Thursday for transition. We are very lucky that all children are able to attend and participate to gain confidence in experiencing new situations.

The children were able to meet up with their Buddy and engage in a variety of activities within the classroom. They were also able to meet other children who will attend Banksmeadow next year.

Mrs Twitchings then did some singing and dancing before the story was read. Everyone followed the instructions well and were happy to participate.

The story read was an aboriginal story called 'How the birds Got Their Colours.' We had read that in our class before, which was great, as the children were already familiar and ready to answer questions.

The experience was a positive one and I'm sure the children will look forward to going again next time.

  • Children build on their own social experiences
  • Children broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Children demonstrate a sense of belonging in their environment
  • Children explore culture and tradition

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

Ear Talk

We were fortunate to have a special visitor attend today to talk to the children about their ears, their importance and how to look after them.

Audrey is an itinerant hearing teacher who has worked with many children who are hearing impaired, over many years. It was a very interesting talk to listen to, and the children were very attentive and quite fascinated with the model ear. There were many questions asked and, questions answered with interest. Elizabeth was very proud to talk about her 'magic ear' and how it helps her hear.

To see if the children were using their ears, Audrey had the children close their eyes and listen to hear the bell. They then had to point to where the sound was coming from. When Audrey asked them to open their eyes, they could see if they were right. And yes they were!

Later in the day we practiced using our ears again by playing the game Chinese Whispers. It was interesting watching the children whisper to each other as we waited to see if the message was passed around correctly. Mrs Royston had said, "It's a sunny day." Ella was the last of the group and said she had heard "sunny day." That was pretty close!

  • Children participate in activities related to their health
  • Children recognise their sensory capabilities
  • Children show increasing independence and competence in personal hygiene such as blowing their nose.