Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events & General Reminders

  • Thank you so much for supporting kids with Cancer on Wear Your Footy Colours Day. We have now raised $104.50. A special thank you to Jason Clark of The Rabbitohs who came to support also.
  • Last day of term for preschool is Thursday 27 September
  • 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.
  • Please remember to take home your child's wonderful artwork.

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

Game Time

Some of the girls made up their own game using the dice. The dice was thrown into someone's lap when everyone had their eyes closed. That person had to say what number it landed on and then it was their turn to throw the dice.

As a whole group game, we played Wake up Mr/Mrs Bear. Everyone had a turn of being the bear and being the one who wakes up the bear. We also played Skippy Roo Kangaroo, which is similar to the Bear game. Both games require listening skills, name recognition and turn taking skills.

During outside play the next day, some of the girls organised their own Duck, Duck, Goose game. They did however change up the wording using rabbits, roosters and love heart. To follow on from this we played the game as a whole class. Everyone was keen to have a turn and try to catch their friend. It was an enjoyable experience in the lovely sunshine.

  • Children respond to ideas and suggestions from others
  • Children initiate and join in play
  • Children engage in and contribute to shared play experiences
  • Children show interest in being part of a group

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

Footy Colours Day

We had a fun day fundraising for children with cancer. Everyone dressed up in their favourite team colours and enjoyed participating in our activities. They were very proud to share their culture of football and soccer with their friends.

As a special treat we made footy faces. The icing was spread onto the biscuit, which the children then decorated with some lollies. Of course, they know that lollies are sometimes foods! It was a fun activity and they enjoyed eating the end product.

We had a special guest come to visit and talk to the children. Jason Clark, a South Sydney Rabbitohs player, and uncle to Ella and Isabelle, kindly gave up his time to come and talk to the children about his love of the game, being a team player and good sportsmanship. He was extremely patient listening to comments and answering questions from the children. We are very grateful that he was able to come and support our Preschool in a worthy cause, particularly when it is a vital time of the NRL calendar. There are a lot of expectations to live up to!

  • Children explore culture and tradition.
  • Children broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Children begin to think critically about fair and unfair behaviour, including sportsmanship
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Skilful Activities

It's great to see the children using their initiative and being creative in their activities. The

Mobilo has been one of the activities which the children have been really enjoying- particularly the boys. Our fire engine visit has inspired creations of fire engines for some, while others have used the pictures as guides to build things of their own choice.

Easton followed the pictures and cleverly built an aeroplane and a forklift. He checked which pieces he required by looking at the picture and making sure he had the right ones.

In another activity, Harley, Jayden and Adam followed their own interests to make the pictures on the cards with the pattern blocks. The shapes and colours of each piece were matched to make the picture look the same. They took their time and did an excellent job.

  • Children use play to investigate, imagine and explore ideas
  • Children follow and extend their own interests
  • Children persevere and experience the satisfaction of achievement
  • Children manipulate resources to take apart, assemble, invent and construct