Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events & General Reminders

  • Welcome back. It's hard to believe that this is the last term of the year. It's always very busy and very exciting as the children prepare for the following year.

  • Kids Into Kindy is held weeks 1-6. The Kookaburra class is attending tomorrow. All children will attend. Please send a raincoat in case of rain.

  • A big thank you to Mr Dickson (Mrs Dickson's husband) who came to Preschool during his own holidays and dug our new boat into the ground. We are very grateful for all his hard work. Thank you Mr Dickson! Thank you also to Miss Maree who tidied up our front lawn.

  • Just a friendly reminder that it's a good idea to place an ice pack in your child's lunch box. The weather will be warming up soon and lunches are not refrigerated. Afternoon tea is placed in the fridge, so no need for one in there.

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

Amazing Block Building

The children had great fun building with the blocks. Every block was used as they thought about what to build and where to put the blocks. Constant teamwork and negotiation was evident as the children collaborated and discussed what to do next. It was great to see excellent engagement amongst the group.

  • Children maintain respectful relationships with other children
  • Children respond to others ideas and suggestions
  • Children increasingly collaborate and cooperate with others
  • Children engage in and contribute to shared play experiences

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


Most of the children were eager to stand up in front of the group to talk about their holidays.

They described one of the fun things they did.

Taylor- "Mum took me to her work. I drew a rainbow T Rex."

Maxxi- "I went to Auntie Debbie's house for a sleepover."

Cooper- "I played toys at my house and I had an ice-block and was waiting to go back to school."

Rocco- "I played with toys at home. My mum said we could go to holidays. The airplane took us to another one. My room had a swimming pool."

Nina- "I went to a party. It was a birthday and she was 21. I played with balloons at the party and there were so many."

Conrad- "I went to the ballet.I did the ballet."

Ava- "I went to the Noodle Shop. My mum had an ice-cream and I had a taste. My sister had a taste too. I had fizzy drink. I played in the park. It had a big circle thing filled with water."

Elizabeth- "I went to Nanna and Grandad's house and I stayed there. I played with my cousins. Eve brought some dress ups. We played some games on the aeroplane and my mum watched a movie."

Jayden- "I played with my lego. I packed away and went in my room. I looked at my chickens."

Emilia- "I went on holidays to QLD. I went to different places and stayed at two hotels. I had a pool. I went to my friend's house."

Ella- I went to Tamworth on a big drive. I got to see my cousins. I went to their house and had dinner and a play. On the way home I vomited."

Loni- "I went to church. I had water play. I learned about the plane and I flied in the sky."

Axl- "I went to the park. I saw some baby fish."

Adam- "I played X-Box with Zach at my Grandma and Grandpa's house."

Harley- "I went to McDonald's and I got a minion. I got chicken nuggets and a strawberry drink."

  • Children explore culture and tradition
  • Children broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Children express their opinions

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

Experimental Artistry

Emilia and Ella were very busy in the art area using their imagination and thinking skills.

"Look Mrs Royston," said Ella.

"What did you do?" replied Mrs Royston.

Ella informed, "We put the coloured paper on here."

"And then we put glue, and then we took the paper off," added Emilia.

Ella declared, "And that's how you get the colour. Then you get the paper like this (scrunching it up) and put it in the glue and then stamp it."

"Well that's clever thinking," praised Mrs Royston.

  • Children follow and extend their own interests
  • Children persevere and experience the satisfaction of achievement
  • Children experiment with cause and effect, and trial and error.
  • 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 patters systems work

  • Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking

Letters and Numbers

Mitchell was very excited when he came to tell me that he had been practicing his writing because he was getting ready for school. He had written lots of letters onto the whiteboard and proudly showed what he had done. He returned to the table and Maxxi and Taylor joined him.

"I know these letters," said Mitchell, pointing to some of those from his name. "I still have to remember some of them," he added.

Taylor stated, "I can write one, two, three."

Maxxi added, "That's easy. I can write numbers too."

Taylor began writing as he said. He became unsure, so Mrs Royston gave him the writing page which had the numbers on it. He was able to look and copy those he was unsure of.

Maxxi also wrote some numbers, referring to the page if she needed to.

  • Children convey and construct messages with purpose and confidence
  • Children begin to use letters to convey meaning
  • Children use language to communicate mathematical concepts
  • Children begin to understand that letters and numerals are a powerful means of communication.