Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information

  • It is a good idea to include an ice brick when packing your child's lunch as lunch boxes are not refrigerated.
  • Mrs Pollock will be replaced by Mrs Mandy Petherbridge on Thursday.
  • Thursday 27th September is the last day of the preschool term. Staff will be cleaning on Friday in accordance with our regulations.
  • Preschool resumes on Monday 15 October.
  • Hope you all enjoy your holidays.

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

Fire Truck Time!

The boys were excited to create their very own Fire truck. The motivation was a follow-on from the Fire truck visit last week which everyone enjoyed. The process went across several days with different groups working on the project. They had fun painting the large box which was very messy. Through group discussions about what they needed to add, they created the wheels, sirens, lights and ladders. Kenji said"I like number plates, I'll make a number plate". The group suggested that '000' be included in the number plate because that is the number you call when you want the Fire truck. The boys worked collaboratively, listening to others and contributing their own ideas to the experience.

Oliver "I like Fire Fighters because they help people."

Charbel "I like that they help save dogs and cats."

Aiden "I like that they save people from fire."

Raphael " I like that they put fire out."


  • Children participate with others to solve problems and contribute to group outcomes
  • Children use play to investigate, project and explore new 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

Pelican Post!

The children have enjoyed writing letters to their friends in the class. To extend on this interest several children helped to create our very own Pelican post box. This provided opportunity for the children to post their letters, to then be delivered later in the day. Paper stamps for the children to add their own designs and envelopes were added to the experience to extend and encourage the childrens interest. As they were drawing pictures and adding words to their letters the children were engaged in conversations with their friends about who they were going to post the letter to. At the end of the day when the mail was delivered the children were excited to see if they would receive a letter, watching closely as their friends opened their mail.


  • Children use language to communicate their ideas
  • Children use literacy and numeracy concepts as they engage in play experiences
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