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.

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

We Love Cooking!

Following the enjoyment had with cooking and eating the damper, we continued with our Australian topic, in particular our Possum Magic book. This week we cooked some Anzac Biscuits. In the story, Grandma Poss and Hush had to search for the magic to make Hush visible again. They travelled all around Australia and found different foods to eat that would solve the problem. In Adelaide they found some Anzac biscuits to eat. We have pictures of the food on the map of Australia on our wall. We have also talked about our states and the city we live in. The children have shown interest in our discussions and are able to remember lots of what we have talked about.

Our Anzac biscuits were a big hit. They smelled and tasted delicious!


  • Children broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Children build on their own experiences to explore other ways of being
  • Children participate with others and contribute to group outcomes.

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

Following Own Interests

Some of the children have shown interest in their own learning. This is great to see.

Loni was very eager to follow his interests of the days of the week and create Sunday with the Duplo letters.

Conrad wanted to make his name. He also spelled it out for Mrs Royston. He enjoys creating his name.

Maxxi also made some words. She recognised kangaroo and emu, and after making them with the letters, decided to write the words herself. what a great effort!

The Ladybird cards had been placed at the playdough table. Harley was busy making things and Mrs Royston asked her to recognise the numbers.


Activities which the children choose often lead to deeper learning. Providing activities in a fun way can assist this.


  • Children are curious and enthusiastic participants in their learning
  • Children initiate and contribute to play experiences emerging from their own ideas
  • Children apply thinking strategies to engage with situations

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

Writing Time

The girls were interested in using the magnetic letters and numbers to create words. Mrs Dickson also provided the whiteboard markers, so they could write words too. They worked well together, discussing the different letters and numbers and the words they had chosen.

Ava and Mia decided to leave while Emilia continued to work on. She had chosen the words 'treasure chest' to create and then went on to copy them onto the white board with the marker. She was rather proud of her efforts.



  • Children engage in enjoyable interactions using verbal and non verbal language
  • Children contribute their ideas to small group discussions
  • Children begin to be aware of the relationships between oral, written and visual representations
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