Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events & General Reminders


  • Kids Into Kindy is held weeks 1-6. The Kookaburra class will attend
  • again tomorrow.

  • Ben Chifley Art Competition. Notes are in the children's note pockets. These must be signed and handed in by tomorrow.


  • Calendars- These make great Christmas presents. Notes have been placed in the children's note pockets. Please return as soon as possible. All artwork is done at preschool.

  • Magician Show- Wednesday 21 November. Note coming soon.


  • Please remember to pack spare clothes (weather appropriate) as the weather is warming up and we will have more water and mud play.



  • 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.

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

Boats and Water

The children enjoyed the water and boats today. Loni and Conrad in particular were very excited to participate in the play.


"Do you like the boats?" asked Mrs Royston.

"I like boats," said Conrad.

"Is the water warm or cold?" continued Mrs Royston.

Conrad and Loni both answered, "It's warm."

"Which one is your favourite?" questioned Mrs Royston.

Loni answered, "My favourite is this one. It can attach."

"Look, it can float and sink," he added.


The boys were busy interacting with each other and engaging in their play. They were having fun getting wet as they splashed the water with the boats and squirted the water out.


  • Children engage in and contribute to shared experiences
  • Children express their thoughts and ideas constructively
  • Children begin to initiate negotiating and sharing behaviours

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

Halloween Interest

Many of the children have continued to talk about Halloween and what they are planning to do for it. They have been very interested in drawing and/or creating related pictures or art and craft. Mrs Royston has been placing pictures for inspiration which the children can use.

After having the opportunity to use ghosts as inspiration Mia asked, "Can we do skeletons tomorrow?" So that's what we did.

Cooper said, "How do I draw a skeleton? Oh, I know, I look at the picture."

Emilia said, "My skeleton has blood."

It is so wonderful to see the children attempting activities that may provide a challenge. Having a go attitude is showing the ability to be resilient.

The children were also discussing what they planned to dress up as for Halloween.


  • Children explore culture and tradition
  • Children broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Children build on their own social experiences to explore other ways of being

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

Great Leaders

During music today, Mr Bergen needed some special helpers to lead the round. The children have been learning the song 'Ghost of Tom' for a while now and have become so competent they can sing it in a round. Usually one of the teachers help, but today, Piper and Izzy were chosen. Their group needed to watch them only so they didn't get mixed up with the other group. Piper and Izzy both led extremely well and kept their group singing the right words. They accepted the challenge, were confident and responded to the music with expertise. An excellent job!


  • Children accept challenges and cope with the unexpected
  • Children respond through music
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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

Weather Writing

Mrs Royston had set up the literacy area with the felt board, weather words and pictures. The children were asked to read one of the weather words and then write it down. Rocco, Maxxi, Emanuel and Nina each took turns to read out the word. They looked at the beginning sound first and recalled the words we read every day for our weather chart. Each of them did so successfully, although windy was a little tricky.

Once they had read the word, they were able to write it down on the whiteboards. This was done very well.

Rocco wrote windy. Maxxi wrote rainy, Emanuel wrote cloudy and Nina wrote sunny. Each of them were able to draw the picture to match the word. They were very proud of their efforts.

When they had finished, we spent time taking turns to match the pictures to the word, and placing them together onto the felt board. It was all done correctly. Even the tricky words -snowy, foggy and stormy were able to be worked out. A fantastic effort made by all!


  • Children convey and construct messages with purpose and confidence
  • Children contribute their ideas and experiences in small and large group discussions
  • Children are aware of the relationship between written,oral and visual representations
  • Children make connections between, letters, sounds and words.