Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

  • Banksmeadow Preschool enrolments are happening now. If you know someone looking for an early childhood preschool placement, please let them know.
  • Unfortunately the Fire Fighters and Firetrucks visit had to be postponed until next Tuesday 18th September, the fire fighters got called out to two emergencies the morning of the scheduled visit. The good news is the children have more time to think of questions they would like to ask the fire fighters.
  • On Tuesday and Friday this week our class has the opportunity to listen to some of the Banksmeadow Kindergarten children talk about their primary school experience. A benefit of attending a Preschool which is attached to a primary school is our Preschoolers get many opportunities to "prepare" for "Big school".

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

Very Proud!

While Aiden was playing on the floor he announced, "Mrs Steinmann my mum buyed me this shirt it is the same as the flag from Thailand."

He then walked around showing his friends his shirt and the flag from the display wall, with a big smile on his face.

Aiden is very proud of his cultural background sharing with his friends, "My dad comes from Ireland and my mum is from Thailand."

The children-

  • share aspects of their culture with other children and educators.

  • feel recognised and respected for who they are.

  • openly express their feelings and ideas in their interactions 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


Kira was looking at the insects, when she noticed that they had grown wings and came running over excited to share the news. Daniel had noticed one of the insects the week before, the group took the insect out to find that it had shed and now had wings. The remaining baby insect was unchanged, until on Tuesday when Kira noticed it had also shed and now had wings. The children noticed that the leaves were looking a little dry and needed to be changed for the insects to eat. So a group of children went outside to collect some leaves from the eucalyptus tree, with Mrs Steinmann. Everyone enjoyed watching the insects move around the enclosure while the leaves were being changed.

The children-

  • show growing appreciation and care for living creatures.
  • demonstrate an increasing knowledge of and respect for natural environments.
  • explore relationships with other living things and observe, notice and respond to change.

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

Tunnel Ball

There were lots of giggles heard throughout the room as the children carried out a game of tunnel ball. The ball would get stuck halfway down the tunnel, the children had to work together as a team to manoeuvre the ball through their legs. Each group followed the instructions, cooperating together as a team to complete the challenge. The children enjoyed racing their friends laughing and having fun as the balls would sometimes escape the tunnels and rollaway.

The children-

  • are happy, healthy safe and connected to others.
  • engage in increasingly complex sensory-motor skills and movement patterns.
  • show enthusiasm for participating in physical play.
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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

Fire Trucks

On Monday the boys were busy creating Fire trucks with the Mobilo construction. They were unaware that the preschool was expecting a surprise visit from the local Fire Fighters . But before we went outside to play, the secret was out and the excitement in the room grew. Unfortunately the visit had to be postponed due to an emergency. The children were amazing when they were told the news, disappointed of course, but very understanding of the role that Fire Fighters play. When we came back inside the boys added to their Fire trucks and added a sign to the Fire station. The children are now counting down the days and sleeps until Tuesday next week when the visit was rescheduled.

The children-

  • follow and extend their interests with enthusiasm, energy and concentration.
  • initiate and contribute to play experiences emerging from their own ideas.
  • are curious and enthusiastic participants in their learning.