Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events



  • Preschool Party, Graduation and Concert - Wednesday 5 December at 12 noon at the preschool. Children should wear a Christmas T-shirt or dress or red, green and/or white clothes.

  • Please remember a hat every day and spare clothes as the weather is warming up and we will be having 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. Lunches are not refrigerated.

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

Transition to School Tour

We had another enjoyable visit to the school on Thursday. They listened attentively to Mrs Twitchings as she read a story called 'A Day at the Beach'.

Mrs Twitchings then took us on a tour of the school and we visited each of the classrooms, the school office and the hall. Some children were able to see their big brothers or sisters, cousins or friends. It was lovely to see the older children give their younger sibling a hug.

Everyone listened respectfully and walked sensibly, especially on the stairs. This experience gave the children a small insight into school life.


  • Children approach new safe situations with confidence
  • Children engage in and contribute to shared experiences
  • Children are open to new challenges and discoveries

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

Worm Juice

Lua, Adylyn and Harper were excited to help fertilise the preschool garden with worm juice from the worm farm. Lua raced to get a saucepan from the mud kitchen and the girls took turns to scoop up some worm juice which then needed to be diluted.

"What does diluted mean?" asked Lua.

"It means it needs to be mixed with water because it's too strong," replied Mrs Pollock.

The plants received lots of diluted worm juice as the girls carefully poured the mixture onto the garden. They went to the bathroom together to wash their hands when they had finished.


  • Children cooperate with others to contribute to group outcomes
  • Children show respect, care and appreciation for the natural environment

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

The fire station gets a new sign

Charbel, Alice, Cove and Remi created a fire station with the blocks. "We need more cement," announced Charbel, referring to the rocks the children were adding to the base of their building.

Cove asked Mrs Pollock to make a sign. She replied, "I think you could make a sign. What is the sign going to say?"

"Fire Station," replied Cove. He selected a texta and a large piece of paper and began to write as Mrs Pollock spelt 'Fire.' He then wrote 'Station,' carefully copying each letter that she had written down for him to copy. Cove used tape to attach the sign to the building.

Cove said, "I'm going to make another sign!"

"How do you write Fire Fighters?" he asked.


  • Children develop an awareness of the relationship between oral and written representations