Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

  • The children will be attending the NAIDOC performance this Monday. Please ensure you have paid and returned your note.
  • Unwanted photo packages will be collected by the photo company in two weeks.
  • Thank you to those who kindly donated to the Cancer Council. We have raised just over $30. The box will still be available if you would like to donate.
  • The children need to be collected by 3pm each afternoon. Staff meetings commence at 3.10pm. Staff also attend after school meetings and courses at other locations and need to ensure sufficient travel time. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Kathy Pollock will be on leave next week. She will be replaced by Miss Mandy on Thursday and Miss Krishan on Friday.

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

Throwing, Catching and Batting

We had great weather for the children to further develop their catching, throwing and batting skills on the oval. The children displayed concentration and enthusiasm as they warmed up prior to practising their ball skills. They demonstrated confidence and their developing eye-hand coordination as they participated in the activities with their partners and coaches. It was good to see them persisting when their first attempts to hit or catch the ball were unsuccessful. Lua said, "I hit the ball really far that time."

T-ball equipment, cricket bats and balls were provided back at preschool for the children to continue to practice their skills with their friends.


  • Children develop the ability to mirror, repeat and practice the actions of others
  • They persevere and experience the satisfaction of achievement
  • They follow and extend their interests with enthusiasm, energy and concentration

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

Name Creations

Grandpa wrote Thomas' name in the sand, in a story by Pamela Allen, that we enjoyed together. The book is called, 'Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella,' and has won Children's Book of the Year, awarded by the Children's Book Council.

The children identified the same letters at the beginning of 'Grandpa' and 'Green' in the title of the story. This letter combination was used to create rhyming names for the children. They became Graniel, Groliver, Grezra, Gruby, etc.

At the play dough table, several children accepted Mrs Pollock's challenge to create their names. They did a fantastic job of rolling the dough and forming the letters in the correct sequence. After making her name, Lua chose to create new letters to make the word 'car.'

Jacob decided to use the mosaic tiles to create the letters in his name.


  • Children actively engage with and share the enjoyment of language and texts in a range of ways
  • They build on their knowledge and experiment with ways of constructing meaning