Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

  • We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!
  • Preschool resumes on Tuesday 24th July

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

NAIDOC Assembly!

The children were excited about attending the big school NAIDOC assembly to watch the preschool video of them performing the dance, 'Red, Black and Yellow.' There was also a slide show of the children engaged in various indigenous activities across the past several weeks. The children called out in excitement when they saw their friend's photo go onto the screen and giggled when their photo appeared. The children showed respect as they sat quietly throughout the assembly listening to the Indigenous children talk about the NAIDOC week theme, 'Because of her we can.' The children shared about important females in their lives. One kindergarten boy shared about his grandma who is an aboriginal artist. The children enjoyed watching other classes perform dances and songs.

  • Children approach new safe situations with confidence
  • Children feel recognised and respected for who they are
  • Children celebrate and share their contributions and achievements with others
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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

Aboriginal Artist

As part of the NAIDOC celebrations, the children had the opportunity to listen to a former student, Gary Purchase, share about being an aboriginal artist. Gary talked to the children about different symbols he uses in his artwork and what they represent. He also shared a variety of tools and hunting equipment that they used. Gary had an emu egg and feathers that the children got to touch as he shared stories about the bush with them.

The children listened attentively to Gary as he talked about creating his artwork and shared his stories. They were given the opportunity to create their own artworks and were able to refer to the pictures and symbols he had on display. Gary engaged with the children and asked them questions as they painted. The children had a lot of fun and were very proud of their artworks.

  • Children broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Children explore the diversity of culture, heritage, background and tradition

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

Painting Time!

The children had the opportunity to create and experiment with the colours created from the experiment carried out the previous week. The children were eager to observe the colours appear on their paper and to see what colours were created inside the cups. As they painted, you could hear the children call out the colours to their friends.

Harper said, "This one is really red."

Kira said, "I'm making a rainbow as well."

Isabelle said, "I like the purple."

Adalyn said, "Look at my colours!"

  • Children are curious and enthusiastic participants in their learning
  • Children follow and extend their own interests with enthusiasm, energy and concentration
  • Children express wonder and interest