Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

  • 'Come as a farmer' fund-raising on Tuesday 28 & Thursday 30 August. Children may come dressed as a farmer and are encouraged to make a donation to Buy a Bale. The children who attend both of these days they may dress up on both days, but only one donation needs to be made.
  • Father's Day Stall and Breakfast- Friday 31 August. Please donate a wrapped gift for the stall so that the children can then purchase a gift for their father or significant other. Prices will range from $1-$15. Our Father's Day breakfast will take place from 8am at the school. 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 there is no need for one in there.
  • Below is a link shared by Cove's mum, Corinne. It sounds like lots of fun! https://www.playworldaustralia.com.au/en.html

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

Caring Friends

Several children worked together to create a slide with the large coloured blocks. They had fun as they took turns to try it out. Ruby and Lua responded with care as they comforted Adalyn who fell while having her turn.

Lua held her and gently asked, "Are you alright, Adalyn?"

"You'll be okay," Ruby encouraged, as she gave Adalyn a hug. After a short time, Ruby took her by the hand and led Adalyn back to the blocks.

Adalyn displayed resilience as she got back up and continued to play with her friends on the slide.


  • Children maintain caring relationships and recognise the needs of others
  • Children empathise with and express concern for one another

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

Team Work

The children demonstrated their ability to work together as they participated in tunnel ball and parachute games this week. They took turns and cooperated with their team members as they passed the ball from the beginning to the end of the 'tunnel.'

Everyone displayed their understanding of the need to listen and work together when manipulating the parachute. They counted backwards before moving under it together and also counted as they raised and lowered the parachute during a fun game of 'Swapping Places.'


  • Children cooperate with others in group experiences
  • Children develop their sense of belonging as they participate in shared experiences

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

Popping and Chasing Bubbles

Some of the children used their fingers and their feet to pop a long piece bubble wrap. They enjoyed jumping to the music and taking turns to run along the length of the plastic. The children discovered that better results were achieved by moving it from the carpet onto the hard floor.

Lua said, "I can hear them popping now."

When the sun came out, the children had the opportunity to develop their eye-hand coordination and spatial awareness as they ran and chased bubbles outside. It did not take them long to discover that using their hats was more successful than using their hands!


  • Children use their sensory capabilities to explore and to make new discoveries
  • Children show enthusiasm for participating in a range of active experiences

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 Minds

Zach, Aiden, Ezra and Remi displayed concentration and creativity as they planned and built their individual creations. They selected and added Zoob pieces until they were happy with their finished works.

"Look at my elephant!" said Aiden.

Zach said, "I made a robot. This is how it walks."

"Mine's called a leg-grabber," announced Remi. "It's legs can actually grab things!" he added.


  • Children investigate, imagine and explore their ideas
  • Children follow and extend their interests with enthusiasm and concentration
  • Children persevere and experience the satisfaction of achievement