Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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The Pelican Brief

General Information and Upcoming Events

  • Kindergarten Open Night - Thursday 9th August. Please make sure you have enrolled your child if they are attending Banksmeadow school next year. Information packs will be sent out shortly. We have enrolment forms at the preschool if required. It would be appreciated if you could write down which school your child will be attending next year. A sheet is provided where you sign in and out.
  • Athletics Carnival - Friday 10th August. You are welcome to come and watch. More details to follow.
  • Please see us to make a time for a parent/teacher interview if you would like to have one.

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

Working Together

Jahrell selected the monkey puzzle, removed the pieces and attempted to put them back where they belonged. He looked at Alice who had just completed her puzzle and asked, "Can you help me?" Alice nodded. They each took turns to add a piece at a time.

"It goes there," Alice said.

"You need to turn it," she encouraged.

  • Children communicate their need for assistance
  • Children engage in shared experiences with confidence
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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

Acknowledgement of Country

An Acknowledgement of Country is a way of showing awareness of and respect for the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land. The children listened and joined in as Remi's mother, Kellie, shared an Acknowledgement of Country that we can participate in at preschool. Kellie also taught the children to sing 'Inanay', a Torres Straight Islander lullaby.

  • Children develop their understanding of ways of belonging with people, country and communities
  • Children develop their sense of community
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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

'Munch and Move'

The children were enthusiastic to participate in the 'Munch and Move' program that we will be implementing this term. The children will engage in various games and practise a range of movement skills each week.

Today, the children participated in parachute games and relays with confidence, energy and purpose. They also cheered, shouted and encouraged one another.

  • Children develop their physical skills and spatial awareness
  • Children show an understanding of healthy lifestyles, including physical fitness and good nutrition
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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

Insect Investigation

The children have been showing lots of interest in our three spiny leaf insects. Several children have been excited to hold the smaller ones and Charbel was brave enough to hold the big one!

The children investigated other insects at the drawing table and displayed concentration as they drew their favourite insects.

Remi brought in a book about insects and shared his knowledge about several of the insects and explained how some of them are camouflaged.

  • Children express wonder and curiosity
  • Children investigate and extend their interests with enthusiasm
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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 pattern systems work

  • Children use information and communication technologies to access information. Investigate ideas and represent their thinking

New Sand

Our sandpit has been topped up with some nice new sand. Ruby and Alice took turns to create a smooth surface with the cardboard cylinders. Alice said, "It's my turn!" The girls used their fingers to draw patterns in the sand. They also made prints with their hands and their feet.

  • Children interact with others to explore ideas
  • Children experiment with ways of making patterns, prints and images
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