Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events & General Reminders


  • Welcome back. It's hard to believe that this is the last term of the year. It's always very busy and very exciting as the children prepare for the following year.

  • Kids Into Kindy is held weeks 1-6. The Pelican class will be attending next week.The Kookaburra class will be attending tomorrow. All children will attend.


  • A big thank you to Mr Dickson (Mrs Dickson's husband) who came to Preschool during his own holidays and dug our new boat into the ground. We are very grateful for all his hard work. Thank you Mr Dickson! Thank you also to Miss Maree who tidied up our front lawn.

  • 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.

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

Caring for our class pets!

The children enjoy engaging with our class pets, holding them and watching them move around their environments. The children have developed an awareness and understanding of what they need to survive and the role we play to care for them.

As a group we discussed the needs of our class pets and reflected on what we know about the Spiny leaf insects, yabby and fish.

The children were eager to share their knowledge with the class and listened attentively as their friends shared what they have learnt.


  • demonstrate an increasing knowledge, and respect for natural environments
  • explore relationships with other living things and observe, notice and respond to change
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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

Creative Time!

At the drawing table the children have opportunity to express their own ideas and use their imagination through drawing.

Sky told Mrs Steinmann about his drawing of the Harbour bridge with all the tall buildings with lots of windows, and a wind mill for the farmers in the drawing.

Charbel and Kenji worked together to create a clock that they presented to the class together. Kenji "I made a Pacman board ".

Oliver and Aiden created vehicles with the construction and then recreated their vehicles through drawing. Evandar created his own wrist band that he wore with pride and excitedly showed his friends and then encouraged others to also create wrist bands.


  • follow and extend their own interests
  • persevere and experience the satisfaction of achievement
  • use play to imagine and explore ideas

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

Creating Names

Harper and Isabelle were enjoying moving the paint around on the tray with their hands. The girls were talking about the patterns they made which included lots of swirls. They were both excited when they wrote their first and last names into the paint using their fingers. The girls displayed an awareness of letter formations and sequencing to recreate their names into the paint.