Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Upcoming Events and General Reminders

  • Kindergarten Open Night - Thursday, 9th August.
  • Athletics Carnival - Friday, 10th August. The children will participate in round robin style activities on the school oval. Parents are welcome to attend. The carnival starts at 9:20am.
  • Preschool interviews will be taking place with your child's teacher. Please select a suitable time from the time sheets at the sign in area if you would like to have a chat.
  • Please make sure you have enrolled your child for Banksmeadow school next year, as information packs will be sent out shortly. We have enrolment forms here for you if required.
  • It would be appreciated if you could write down which school your child will be attending next year. A sheet is provided next to our sign on. This helps with organisation within the centre.

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

Weekend Journal

Ella is the first Kookaburra to take home our weekend journal. She added some of the things she did on the weekend. This included things at home and elsewhere. Ella included pictures and writing about her activities. This gives us insight into your child's interests, as well as cultural things that are important to them and the family.

  • Children share aspects of their culture with others
  • Children feel recognised and respected for who they are
  • Children explore different identities

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

Spiny Leaf Insects

Some of the children from the Pelican class came into our room to show their new spiny leaf insects. They told us what they were called and how they were camouflaged in their habitat. The Kookaburra's were very interested to see them, and some even showed how brave they were and had a hold. They waited for a turn and listened to the instructions of how to hold them. There was lots of discussion and conversation about what they saw.

  • Children respond to and listen to others
  • Children demonstrate knowledge of and respect for living things

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


We took the children up to the boulders in the school on Monday. They were very eager to have a turn at climbing on the big boulders. The children were encouraged to try their best at pulling themselves up on to the boulders using their arms and core strength. They all made a great effort to achieve and coordinate themselves as they climbed and walked across. Some were very confident and were able to jump off the boulders. It's important that children attempt challenges and gain enthusiasm and confidence in physical activity.

  • Children combine gross and fine motor movement with balance to achieve increasing competence and skill
  • Children demonstrate spatial awareness and orient themselves through their environments confidently and safely.
  • Children show enthusiasm for participating in physical play

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

Literacy Skills

Loni was very eager to complete the alphabet puzzle. He was also willing to attempt writing the letters onto the clipboard. He persisted and continued until he had completed all the letters. Every letter from the alphabet was written onto his paper. Loni was extremely happy that he had done such great work.

Later on, Conrad chose to work with the duplo letters. He was able to find most of the letters from his name independently. Help was only needed for a couple of letters. Conrad was very proud that he had created his name.

  • Children understand key literacy concepts and processes
  • Children engage with written and oral language
  • Children are aware of the relationships between written, oral and visual representations