Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events and General Reminders

  • Don't forget to RSVP for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea (in the afternoon)- Friday 8 June, 2:00pm-2:45pm. The staff are catering, so we need numbers please. It is social opportunity and a chance to support the fight against cancer. Please come. Notes have been placed in your child's note pocket.
  • Photos have arrived. You may view them and then decide whether you'd like to purchase the whole pack, or individual pages.
  • Please ensure your child's sunscreen is full. Although the cooler months are ahead, we are still required to have protection from the sun. This also includes correct hats.
  • Spare clothes are still needed. The children are still eager to play in the dirt and mud
  • StEPs Vision screening will take place next week. Hopefully all forms have been returned.

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

Love Hearts

Emilia, Mia, Harper and Liv came running over, very excited.

Emilia said, "We've all got love hearts."

"Look, one, two, three, four," said Mia.

"Wow. You're the love heart girls," said Mrs Royston.

"Let's go and tell Mrs Pollock," they all said.


It was lovely to see the girls so happy about the similarity they shared. They celebrated and shared this with each other and with educators. They displayed a respect for each other also and happily expressed their emotions.

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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

Autumn Leaves

Piper, Penny and Charlie instigated their own fun by collecting leaves, running through the playground and throwing the leaves up into the air.

"Leaves, leaves, everywhere," was the chant.

Sometimes they ran on their own and sometimes they ran altogether, but each time was the same chant and routine.


They were very happy exploring their environment and using nature for their enjoyment.

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

The Avocado Seed

Mrs Royston had eaten some avocado for lunch. She showed the children the seed and asked if anyone knew what it was. Noone knew. Mrs Royston then got the half an avocado that was left. Some of the children then realised what the seed was.

The class discussed what might happen if we kept it and placed it on top of some moist cotton wool.

Ella said, "We'll get an avocado tree."

Cooper said, "It will change colour."

Mia said, "It will crack."

Many other children agreed that an avocado tree will grow.


"We are going to do an experiment," said Mrs Royston.

"What's an experiment?" asked Emilia.

"It's like a test. We set something up and see what happens." replied Mrs Royston.

There were matchsticks placed into the seed and then it was suspended over the cup filled with moist cotton balls. We marked on the calendar when the experiment began, so we can see how long it takes for something to happen. (If anything will)


During afternoon tea, Ella was excited as she discovered seeds in her pear. She managed to get them out, so we set up another experiment with the pear seeds.

We wonder what will happen!

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

Mud Cake

Ruby and Elizabeth were having a lovely time in the boat. There was lots of conversation and interaction between both of them.

"What are you making?" asked Mrs Royston.

"Cake," said Elizabeth.

"What sort of cake? added Mrs Royston.

"It's mud cake. See, there's mud," answered Ruby.

"It's for Ruby's birthday," stated Elizabeth.

"How old will you be Ruby?" questioned Mrs Royston.

"Seventeen," she replied.

"Wow, that's old," exclaimed Mrs Royston.


It was lovely to see the girls engaging in enjoyable interactions. They responded well to each other as they listened to and respected each other's ideas. They also used their imagination and creativity in their play.