Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events & General Reminders

  • Preschool Concert Date- Wednesday 5 December. 12 noon. More details to come. All children are invited to attend with their families. This will include presentation of graduation certificates and party lunch.


  • Please remember that all children must bring a hat to Preschool, every day.

  • Please remember to pack spare clothes (weather appropriate) as the weather is warming up and we will have more water and mud play


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

Pass the Parcel

Ella created her own pass the parcel, which inspired some of the others girls to do the same. They all sat in a circle as Ella created her own music. The girls passed the parcel around until Ella stopped the music. The recipient unwrapped the parcel to find little bits of paper treasure.

The game continued, with each person having a turn of unwrapping the parcel.

It was then someone else's turn to use their parcel, while they created the music. The girls played the game, each having a turn if they had made a parcel. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


  • Children increasingly collaborate with others
  • Children initiate negotiating and sharing behaviours
  • Children engage in and contribute to shared experiences
  • Children show interest in other children and being part of a group
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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

Fun in the Mud

Alice, Harley and Maxxi were enjoying fun in the mud.

"What are you making girls?" asked Mrs Royston.

Alice replied, "Cupcakes."

"They're going in here," added Harley, pointing to the tin.

The girls were also pouring the mixture into the pipe and catching as it ran through.

"Why do you have to put it in there?" questioned Mrs Royston.

"Maxxi answered, "It makes the cupcakes bigger."

Daniel and Cove had joined the play, adding their ideas also.


  • Children explore the natural environment
  • Children broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Children use play to investigate and explore new ideas

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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

Ben Chifley Art Show

The children entered the Ben Chifley Art Competition, 2018. We were very proud of the awesome art works that they created with the assistance of the amazing Mrs Nicol. The children's artworks received recognition at the competition and were a stand out. They created beautiful gardens and hidden creatures. We had several awards presented to children from the Kookaburra class at the ceremony at Chifley Public School. Adam won first prize, Ella was awarded second prize and Maxxi, along with Joshua received highly commended.

Adam, Ella and Joshua were able to attend the ceremony to personally receive their awards. It was very exciting for them and their families. All the children received an award of participation and a special art pack for their efforts. Well done everyone!



  • Children demonstrate trust and confidence
  • Children share happiness and satisfaction
  • Children celebrate their own efforts and achievements and those of others
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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

Independent Workers

Maxxi and Ruby created their own computers during outdoor play. They drew a keyboard, added a screen and wrote some letters onto the keyboards.

To follow this on the next day, we had the Office activity on the table for the children to engage with. Maxxi and Ruby were the first children to take an interest and were eager to play and use the equipment. Mrs Royston asked each of the girls to find the letters from their name. All the letters were capitals on the keyboard so it was a little tricky. Some of the letters were also rubbed out or difficult to read. To assist the girls with recognising the capital letters a foundation handwriting page was given to them so they could see both capital and lower case. Maxxi and Ruby were competent in finding each of the letters from their name.



  • 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 transfer knowledge from one setting to another
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