Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

  • Book Parade- Wednesday 22nd August, 9:30am at the school. Families are welcome to watch the parade. Children need to come dressed as a book character.
  • Banksmeadow Preschool enrolments are happening now. If you know someone looking for an early childhood preschool placement, please let them know.
  • Below is a link shared by Corinne Quayle (Cove's mum). Some fun for the weekend if you're interested.

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

Pretend play time!

The baby zone was out for the children to revisit and continue with their interest in babies, engaging in roleplay with their friends. There were discussions about who would be the mum, dad, and big sister. When Evandar joined the girls, he declared that he would be the big brother. Valentina stated that there was no one to play the dad and asked would he please be the dad. Evandar willingly joined in the game and played the dad along with his friends. The group played cooperatively throughout the morning, inviting other friends to join in the fun.

  • Children confidently explore and engage with social and physical environments through relationships and play.
  • Children openly express their feelings and ideas in their interactions with others.

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 roadworks going on outside on the street attracted a very interested crowd. The children were excited as they watched the road work vehicles get unloaded from the truck.

The children watched as the machinery and workmen carried out the roadworks. The scene outside the playground motivated some other workmen at our sandpit. Daniel, Zac, Charbel, and Cove worked together spreading the sand declaring they were also laying a new road. The group coordinated ideas with each other as they shoveled and smoothed out the sand into place.

Cove told Mrs. Steinmann, "We'll be stopping soon to have a coffee. Then for lunch we will have burgers with a coke and nuggets," as he walked over to his fellow workmates finishing off the job.

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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

Building Muscles!

Over the past several weeks, the children have been engaging in a variety of activities promoting muscle strengthening for fine motor development. The children enjoyed catching marbles in the gobblers mouth, squeezing the mouth open to catch the marbles and again to place them in the bowl. While listening to stories they had toys to squeeze. They challenged each other, counting how many times they could squeeze the rings closed.

The group is participating in cutting experiences with persistence and perseverance. They are supported by their educators and are very proud when they see how well they are manipulating the scissors and cutting along the lines. Well done!

  • Children manipulate equipment and manage tools with increasing competence and skill

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

Mr Archemedies Bath

The class reenacted the story of Mr. Archemedies bath, using props to observe and watch what would happen as each character in the story was added to the water. The children predicted what would happen as each character from the story was added to the bath. The children were excited when the story characters were added to the bath and watched as the water rose and overflowed. The group also discussed the concept of displacement, solid objects and volume.

Millie said, "The water will rise."

Kira said, "The water will go up when they get in."

Aiden said, "The water will go down when they get back out."

  • Children express wonder and curiosity
  • Children investigate new ideas
  • Children explore cause and effect.
  • Children use reflective thinking to consider why things 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 pattern systems work

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

Our very own Authors and Illustrators

Oliver and Charbel asked to create their own storybooks at the drawing table. They were eager to have Mrs Steinmann write the words on each of their pages as they told her the story in their book. After the books were finished the boys went to their friends, showing them the pictures and retelling the story as they showed them the words. The books were added to the book corner for all to enjoy. The boys then went around the room exploring other familiar print, looking with friends at the poster with the children's quotes about what they did in the holidays, pointing at their names as they told their classmates what was written.

  • Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media.
  • Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.
  • Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts.