Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

  • Thank you so much to those who donated for the Cancer Council. It is much appreciated.
  • Children must have a hat and drink bottle every day.
  • Photos will be collected by Friday week 9. Please decide if you would like to purchase them.

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


As the year progresses the relationships within the class are developing into respectful and trusting relationships. The children are developing friendships that demonstrate care, empathy and respect, displayed in the way they are able to respond to ideas and suggestions in their interactions with others. The children are learning to confidently engage with the social and physical environments through relationships and play. It is wonderful to see inclusive play as the children invite and accept others to engage in their play episodes.

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

Evandar's bug

Evandar was very excited to find a ladybug while playing outside. He was eager to show his friends, and everyone watched the ladybug in wonder and amazement as it crawled on his arm. Evandar was a kind friend allowing other children to have a hold, telling them how to be gentle with the ladybug as they had a turn. After all the children had a turn watching the ladybug, Evandar carefully placed the ladybug back on the tree, showing respect and care for living creatures in the natural environment

Aboriginal Artist

As a leadup to NAIDOC week the children had the opportunity to watch Troy Allen, an aboriginal performer, dance and share his childhood memories of growing up in northern New South Wales. Troy shared some of the local dialect with the children as they learnt words from Troys aboriginal community for: Kangaroo, Emu and hunting equipment. The children had opportunity to participate throughout the performance through repeating the aboriginal words, clapping out the music for a dance, and performing in the dances with Troy. The children were engaged in learning about the diversity of culture, heritage, background and tradition, as Troy shared the stories of his childhood and showed different tools and hunting equipment.
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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

Dino Dig!

The children displayed curiosity, wonder and excitement as they dug in the sand only to realise there were dinosaur skeletons buried. They enjoyed exploring and investigating with their friends searching for skeletons to add to their collection. When the boys realised that all the skeletons were found, they took turns to bury them while their friends had to cover their eyes, and not peek, so the search could begin again. This was a very popular activity that was requested to be out again.

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 pattern systems work

  • Children use information and communication technologies to access information. Investigate ideas and represent their thinking

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness

The children have been learning about different areas of aboriginal culture through artworks, stories and dance. The children had opportunity to create an artwork using Aboriginal painting techniques. The children learnt that this form of art is used widely throughout the Indigenous community to communicate, document and pass on stories throughout generations. This gave the children the chance to also express ideas and meaning through art. They demonstrated an understanding of how to use various symbols and Indigenous patterns to represent their feelings, ideas and express concepts.