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Monday 9th May 2022,


Wednesday was quite an emotional day with a few happy tears shed as this incredible present arrived in the courtyard complete with a big red bow.    Sometimes, the generosity of others leaves us almost speechless and that is how I feel trying to express to the community what finally securing a school van means to Bradford School.  

For many years, our Board has relentlessly tried many avenues to source sponsorship for a vehicle to transport children to EOTC experiences like RDA, Gifted and Talented days, shows, sports days, transition visits to Intermediate and the list just goes on. 

For some of our tamariki, the noise and confined space of a bus triggers a sensory overload and these students have historically needed to go with Learning Assistants in the LAs personal vehicles - now they can go together in our dedicated school van.  

Special thanks to Hunter and Annabelle's Mum Carolyn (all pictured) for instigating this and all her mahi making this happen.  A tremendous thank you to the very humble local philanthropist Hunter Stevenson at OFS Insurance Brokers for not only agreeing to Carolyn's suggestion, but the ongoing support of covering all costs; maintenance, warrants, repairs, insurance everything except petrol - this quite simply blows us away!   

 are a Dunedin based owned and operated insurance broking company providing professional and independent advice across commercial, life and health, domestic general, and rural insurance if anyone is reconsidering their insurance options and would like some support.  

Kia mau menemene (Keep smiling),
Emma and the Bradford Team
In other news, we have just launched our Bradford School Facebook page where we will post sports draws and share information with the wider community. Sometimes, the timing of information received and when it needs to be distributed does not align with scheduled newsletters.  The sports draws are a perfect example of this as we can publish information on Monday that is then updated prior to play that same week.  Our Facebook page is a good place to keep this information up to date.  We do not expect you to have to subscribe to multiple sites but the following is a useful list of how we are communicating to keep you informed:
  • Day-to-day and class specific for your child - SEESAW
  • What's happening at Bradford and upcoming events - Monday newsletter
  • Sports draws, good news events and general sharing for caregivers and also the wider community - Bradford School Facebook page
  • Upcoming changes of immediate importance e.g. Covid, school closures e.g. Staff Only days, etc - via email to your primary email address recorded in our Student Management System. 
If you are not receiving any of the above and would like assistance to subscribe then please contact Sonja  in the first instance and she can forward your request on to Anna for IT expertise if required. 
More Parent Community Generosity ...
Last year we successfully applied for a grant from the Tū Manawa Trust towards our Loose Parts play initiative.  Loose parts resources are simple, open ended objects that can be manipulated and played with as the child chooses, encouraging creativity and imagination. 

There were a number of challenges in getting this off the ground so to speak as Covid and other influencing factors came into play.  One of our biggest challenges was prepping the ground for our new shed.  We had a very large over-grown mound of dirt right where we wanted to house the shed.  The quotes from professionals to prepare this area were well beyond our budget and so the call went out.  Enter Zane's Dad, Royce (again) who took the day off work to hire a digger and spend many hours prepping the area.  Royce, we can't thank you enough for your generosity of time when we know how precious this is with a young family - parental community support which benefits all our tamariki is invaluable and very much appreciated. 

Thank you very much also to the friendly team (pictured) from local company Allan's who came and installed our Christies shed this week.   Lisa McKillop is working hard on this project securing resources and we should be up and running shortly - thank you Lisa for all your mahi. 
Cycling competitors line up in anticipation whilst Caroline our wonderful Learning Assistant wonders whether anyone has spotted her electric bike secret weapon.  True to form, Caroline put the children first and didn't use it - mighty tempting as it was.
Mrs Tobin quickly grabs photographic evidence of her colleague Miss McKillop dressed up to join in the festivities whilst these competitors prepare to set off.  In the spirit of the fun and social event there were a number of well-dressed individuals and teams both competing and cheering from the sidelines.
Mrs Tobin shares the spot prizes that were able to be purchased from the funds kindly donated by Bike Ready (which is an arm of Waka Kotahi/NZTA) to host our first-ever Bradford School Duathlon event. 
Decisions, decisions, decisions ... young Eli contemplates what to choose for his spot prize.
For some like Sasha, when you already have a fluorescent safety cone on your head (that you've competed in), the matching high-vis vest on the prize table has your name all over it and makes the decision easy! 
Joshua enjoys a sausage with his Mum and little sister which for us was the absolute icing on the cake; the opportunity for us to share it all with you, our Community after so long apart!  A massive thank you to Bike Ready for their sponsorship and to Mrs Tobin for all her mahi designing and organising the Duathlon event which we are keen to repeat in the future.  
Healthy Kai Fortnightly Menu
The Term 2 Kaan's menu alternates between the odd week shown above and the even week below.  This week is Week 2.
Sports Teams
     We have two Kiwihoops (Basketball) teams and a Hockey Team playing this term.  Miss McKillop has posted further details on our Facebook page.

Chris Glover is finalising Guitar tuition numbers ready to start next Tuesday so please don't delay contacting Chris this week if you are keen to sign up.   His contact details are below.
Bradford's Board of Trustees is looking for whānau of our tamariki who are interested in being a part of our School Board.

This is a great way to be involved in the running of the school and have a greater understanding of the work that goes on behind the white board.

So if you feel you would like to be involved or would like to find out more information please contact the Board Chair; 

Craig Earl

Bradford School's Enrolment Zone officially ceased at the end of last year.  What this means is that we can return to accepting student's from beyond the Bradford boundary that may like to join our special place. In the past, it has been really heartbreaking having to turn away prospective families who were not in Zone. 

If you know of families who are interested in attending Bradford School we encourage you to please let them know we are now accepting students across all year levels for 2022.  Equally if you have a younger child who you are intending to enrol, we ask that you please let Sonja know so we can put them on our list.  This forward planning assists greatly in our staffing and classroom configurations to ensure we deliver the best adult to student ratios we can for our tamariki.  
What's coming up...
Term 2, 2022

*Events are all subject to change with the evolving Covid landscape

May 17th                   Dangerous Decibels - Safe Ear Volume Presentation

June 3rd                    STAFF ONLY DAY POSTPONED TO 12TH AUGUST 
June 6th                    Queens Birthday observed - Public Holiday
June 10th                  Jump Rope for Heart
June 24th                  Matariki observed - Public Holiday
June 27th - July 1     Learning Conferences
June 30th                  Elgregoe Values Magic Show

July 4th - 8th             Production Rehearsals 
July 7th                      Pirates of the Currybean Production 6pm @ OBHS
July 8th                      Last day of term 2
School reopens for Term 3 on Monday 25th July 


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