Banksmeadow Preschool

Belonging, Learning and Growing Together.

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Kookaburra Telegraph

Upcoming Events and General Reminders

  • Mrs Royston will be taking leave from Monday 10th September and returning Tuesday 18th September. Mrs Mandy Petherbridge will be taking the class with Miss Krishan working for one day.
  • 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.
  • Banksmeadow Preschool enrolments are happening now. If you know someone looking for an early childhood preschool placement, please let them know.
  • Wear your Footy Colours Day- coming soon.
  • Don't forget to take your child's wonderful artwork from the art box.

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

Tea Party Time

Jayden, Alice and Elizabeth had a lovely time playing tea parties outside. They improvised, using sand as water. There was a lot of sand used, but lots of fun had using it.

The tea cups were all lined up in front of them and Mrs Royston asked what they were having.

Alice said- "We're having tea cups."

Jayden said- "I'm having water and coke and lemonade."

Elizabeth said- "I made soup and hot chocolate and milk and soup."


The children enjoyed being social and engaging in an activity which they found enjoyable. They were also using lots of language throughout their play.



  • Children establish and maintain respectful relationships with other children
  • Children respond to ideas and suggestions from others
  • Children engage in and contribute to shared play experiences

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

Australia and Holidays

During playdough time, the children were having an in depth conversation regarding holidays and Australia. They were referring to the map of Australia on our wall which we had made.

"I'm going to Queensland for my holidays. That's here," said Piper, as she pointed to Queensland on our map.

Ruby remarked, "I'm going to a hotel that has three pools." "Where are you going Ruby?" asked Mrs Royston. "To a hotel," replied Ruby.

Easton correctly pointed to the map saying, "There's New South Wales."

Liv added her comments saying "I'm going to Bali for a holiday."

Jayden contributed also, "There's Tasmania," he said, pointing to the map.


There was some further discussion about the different states and some of the food that was in the story of 'Possum Magic.' The children have been very interested in our Australian books and animals and often have talk about this in their play.

As a treat, and a follow on from our Anzac biscuits, Mrs Dickson brought in some lamington fingers for the children to try. They were yummy!



  • Children broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Children express an opinion that matters to them
  • Children explore diversity and culture and listen to others' ideas

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

Food Glorious Food

Joshua was very interested in drawing some of the food from the book 'Possum Magic.' Mrs Royston had placed pictures of the food on the table for thee children to refer too, as well as the matching words. Joshua became very keen to give it a go. He chose his food and was able to copy it in his own way. He then continued his work and cut the pictures out.

Jayden decided to join him. He also chose a food card and worked on making it resemble what he had chosen. Again, Jayden cut his pictures out to complete the job.

The food they made included: lamingtons, pumpkin scones, Anzac biscuits, steak and salad, Minties, vegemite sandwich and pavlova.

It was great to see the persistence and perseverance from Joshua and Jayden. They were determined to make their work look good.

When they had finished their work, they proudly pinned it up on our wall.



  • Children follow their own interests with enthusiasm, energy and concentration
  • Children persevere and experience the satisfaction of achievement.
  • Children persist even if the task seems difficult

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

Can You Match Correctly?

We love having fun learning about numbers. There are many table games we play which encourage counting and number recognition, as well as turn taking and social skills.

In this whole group activity, the children were asked to find a specific number and then place the correct number of dinosaurs onto the number card. They were able to count the dots on the lady bird card if they were unsure. Most children are confidently recognising all numbers one to ten. Others are still progressing. Everyone is encouraged to try, so confidence can grow and success is more readily achieved.

Help your child at home by looking for numbers in everyday life- when shopping, driving, at the cafe or restaurant, in books and magazines. This simple play can assist your child to develop their numeracy skills.


  • Children contribute their ideas in play and large group discussions
  • Children demonstrate an increasing understanding of number using vocabulary to describe names of numbers
  • Children use language to communicate thinking about quantities