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.

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

Sand Play

Sand play can lead to all sorts of creative experiences. Several of the children decided they would fill up the buckets and make beautiful patterns with seeds. Alongside them sat children who had a completely different idea for what the sand could be used.


Emilia said- "I am making a love heart."


Mia replied- "I made ..around it, down, up and down....it's easy," as she followed the pattern with her finger.


Easton and Ava were close by and decided that the buckets of sand could be used as dog food.


Easton said, "I am making food for the dog, do you know what type of dog I am?"


Miss Mandy replied, "No I don't, what type of dog are you?"


Easton said, "I'm a portent dog, woof, woof, you know like a police dog."


Miss Mandy agreed, "Oh yes a very important dog, a working dog."


Emilia said, "You're a guide dog."


Millie said, "For someone blind."


Easton- "What does blind mean?"


Millie- "It's when you can't see and the guide dog takes you everywhere, pretend I'm the guide dog and I can jump."


Through this interaction it is clear that the children are able to engage in and contribute to shared play experiences and have respect for each others contribution to the conversation.

Every child brings his/her interesting and unique knowledge to the group and it is so lovely when children have the chance to share different things they know with their friends.

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 fund raising for children with cancer. Everyone dressed up in their favourite team colours and had fun 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 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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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

Kindergarten Orientation

It was a wonderful experience for the children to visit Banksmeadow Kindergarten and begin developing their sense of belonging in a different environment. It gave them the opportunity to work collaboratively in a different setting and experience what kindergarten is like.

There was singing time and exploration of the classroom, as well as participation in activities.

All the children heading off to other schools next year should enjoy their visits too.



  • Children cope with new environments and build on their emotional wellbeing
  • Children assert their capabilities and independence

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

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

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

Fire Engine Visit

We were very lucky to have the Botany Fire Brigade visit our centre this week. The children were excellent listeners, who responded to what the Fireman said and answered questions appropriately. They communicated their own ideas and also asked their own questions.

It was very exciting when everyone was able to hold the fire house and squirt the water. A turn sitting in the fire engine was another highlight. Some of the children eagerly put the seatbelts on like they were ready for a trip in the truck!


Mrs Royston asked the children what they liked and remembered about the talk.


Emilia said, "They drive in a fire truck."

Jayden- "I held the fire hose."

Mitchell- "Get down low and go, go go."

Loni- "I used the hose and I was strong enough to pull it and shut it off."

Mia- "Drop, get down low and roll over to get the fire off the clothes.'

Ava- "We had a turn of going on the truck and putting the seatbelts on."

Cooper- "You say zero. zero, zero and you need to call the fire engine."




  • Children convey and construct messages with purpose and confidence
  • Children contribute their ideas and experiences in small and large group discussions
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