Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events and General Reminders

  • Come as a Farmer fund-raising. Thursday 30 August. Children may come dressed as a farmer and make a donation to Buy a Bale. If your child has already donated, once is enough, they can just come dressed up for fun.
  • Father's Day Stall and Breakfast- Friday 31 August. Children donate a wrapped gift for the stall and then purchase a gift for their father or significant other. Prices range from $1-$15. The breakfast will take place from 8am at the school. For further information, please refer to the pink note in your child's note pocket. Banksmeadow P & C thank you for your support.
  • 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.
  • Banksmeadow Preschool enrolments are happening now. If you know someone looking for an early childhood preschool placement, please let them know.

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

Farmer Support

The children looked fantastic for our Farmer fund raising day. It was great to see such support for a worthy cause. The children enjoyed seeing each other dressed up and participating in some farm related activities.

We had discussions about the farmers and why we were fund raising for them. We talked about the drought and what is happening on the farms. Later the children recalled what we discussed and were able to tell what they could remember.

This is what some of the children said.

Taylor- "It's all dry."

Emilia- "It doesn't rain when there's a drought."

Mitchell- "If there's no rain the animals can't drink and they will die."

Ruby- "We could get our water bottles to give to the animals."

Ava- "If the animals don't have food and don't eat, they will die."

Mia- "The animals need food and so do the farmers."

Emanuel- "The farmers have to get food for the animals and the animals have to eat a lot.

What great comments!

  • Children broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Children begin to show concern for others
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Some of the girls wanted to water our new frangipanis. Miss Mandy and Mrs Dickson provided watering cans for the girls to use. They children were very mindful of the plants and how much water they were giving them. They took turns with the watering cans, making sure everyone had a go.

  • Children demonstrate an increasing knowledge and respect for natural environments
  • Children show growing appreciation and care for living things

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

Proud as Punch

There is still much interest in writing. particularly with the Australian animal word cards. The boys were very proud of seeing their achievements, and receiving the praise, made them feel even more proud. There was also lots of discussion about what they were doing and which animal they might do next.

They are attempting activities that they would definitely have avoided earlier on in the year. This is a positive sign for getting ready for school.

"I drew a crocodile," said Easton.

"I did a crocodile," said Jayden.

"I did a kangaroo," said Mitchell.

  • Children initiate and contribute to play experiences emerging from their own ideas.
  • Children apply a wide variety of thinking strategies.
  • Children engage in learning relationships
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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


Ella, Mia, Ava and Emilia had joined some of the construction parts together. They came to show Mrs Royston.

Ella said, "Look how big this is."

"Wow. Maybe you should check how long it is against some of our furniture," said Mrs Royston.

"Yeah, let's see," said Emilia.

The girls went over to check how long it was against the shelf.

"It's bigger than one shelf," said Ella.

"It's not bigger than the both shelves,'" said Mia.

"Is it as long as the lounge?" asked Mrs Royston.

They went to check if it was longer then the lounge.

"It is longer," said Ava.

The girls were very interested in the measurements and comparisons and continued to check against other furniture.

  • Children demonstrate an increasing understanding of measurement to describe length
  • Children use language to communicate thinking about mathematical ideas