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Monday 8th August 2022,

Kia ora Bradford Whānau, 

A reminder that we have a number of important happenings this week:
  • School photos on Tuesday and Wednesday - further information via this link:  https://www.edithleighphotography.nz/bradford-school-photo-information,
  • Swimming for all classes IS still on this Wednesday afternoon (photos morning only)
  • Paul Rangiwahia Wellbeing Caregiver evening at Opoho School on Thursday evening (see flyer further down for details if you would like to join us)
  • School is closed this Friday for our Staff Only day with Paul Rangiwahia     

Spotlight on Digital Technology

There are many reasons to build digital fluency in ākonga as we prepare them for the future.  We want students to become creators, not just users of digital technology.  Digital literacy can be a very powerful vehicle for increasing student achievement and is often used to complement our class programmes. 

Get into Games is a youth-focused group with a keen interest in the Digital Technologies curriculum as they seek to broaden awareness and diverse pathways in a fast-growing sector. Their annual event in June saw the involvement of 13 345 students, supported by 199 teachers and parents from 182 kura nationwide.   One of their aims is to eliminate negative stereotypes and demystify careers within the gaming industry.  Esports is among the fastest growing games in the World and there are many career opportunities for talented individuals.  

Over the next two terms, all teachers will be benefitting from extensive professional learning development provided in classes by Cyclone to increase our digital fluency capabilities.  


Whilst there are many benefits to learning with digital technologies there are of course challenges and potential risks for students.  Digital wellbeing is at the forefront of our online learning.  Ākonga are taught how to navigate spaces safely as well as their digital citizen responsibilities regarding cyber bullying and addiction.   

Current Ministry of Health recreational guidelines for screen time are zero use for children under two years of age, less than one hour per day for children aged two to five, and less than two hours per day for children aged 5 to 17.    More information and ideas for healthy screen time is available here: https://www.netaddiction.co.nz/

Have a great week everyone!


Kia mau menemene (Keep smiling),
Emma and the Bradford Team

 
Fabulous to see the sun and children outside enjoying physical activity ...
After a spotlight on the rain last week as we unveiled our new Tane pou, this week finally saw some better weather. 
All classes enjoyed a session with the highly trained and passionate Playball coaches. Playball is an international sport and movement program.  It uses a game-based approach to teach children a curriculum of games that incorporate movement and sports skills for eight popular sports.  The games were varied for our tamariki depending on their age-group but covered catching, kicking, accurate use of hockey sticks and tennis rackets as well as various types of throws.  Playball also provide very popular school holiday programmes in Dunedin. 
The exercise didn't stop there with some of the senior children really enjoying exercising Zolo and working on his retrieval skills this week.   His Mum, LIsa McKillop thinks with a genetic make up of three quarter border collie and one quarter retriever he would be better at consistently retrieving.  However, he's still young and with so many adoring young fans who wouldn't be tempted with a bit of catch-me-if-you-can! 

Animal Assisted Therapy & what the neuroscience says:
  • The simple act of petting animals releases an automatic relaxation response 
  • Lowers anxiety and helps children relax
  • Provides comfort
  • Reduces loneliness
  • Increases mental stimulation
  • Can provide an escape or happy distraction
  • Can act as catalysts in the therapy process
Lisa M has spent many dedicated hours since he was a puppy at back-to-back training classes with Zolo.  We are incredibly lucky at Bradford to share our space with two gorgeous 'adopted' school dogs - Lisa McKillop's Zolo and Anna Little's Bamba.
Zolo enjoys a well-earned rest and cuddle from R6 children after his exercise. On the right, Zolo enjoys the beach with his schoolmate Bamba who I will profile in next weeks newsletter.  
URGENT REQUEST FOR MORE HELP!  PLEASE CONTACT THE BRADFORD TEAM IF YOU CAN COMMIT TO  A THREE HOUR SHIFT ON THE WEEKEND OF SATURDAY 27TH AND SUNDAY 28TH AUGUST CHEESE ROLLING FOR OUR ANNUAL LEOTC FUNDRAISER.

IT IS A REALLY GREAT WAY TO GET TO KNOW OTHER FAMILIES WHILST LISTENING (AND THE ODD BIT OF SINGING), TO MY PLAYLIST OF NUMBER ONE SONGS THROUGH THE DECADES - YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT!  

THE FUNDS RAISED BENEFIT ALL AGE TAMARIKI IN THE SCHOOL AND IF EVERY FAMILY CAN PLEASE AIM FOR SUPPLYING ONE ADULT FOR JUST ONE CHEESE-ROLLING SHIFT THEN IT SUDDENLY BECOMES VERY DO-ABLE.    THANK YOU :)
Bradford's Board of Trustees is looking for whānau of our tamariki who are interested in being a part of our School Board.  The Board elections are this September.

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
email: craig.boardoftrustees@bradford.school.nz
Snow Day Procedures for all primary and intermediate schools, and DKA Dunedin Kindergartens between Mosgiel to Port Chalmers to Waikouaiti

There is a group of principals who liaise with local Police, Dunedin Taxi companies, and also look at the DCC webcams to check on the weather around the city if there is snow forecast or settling.  This group then decides if a widespread closure or late start will be needed to get tamarki and staff safely to school. 

This announcement is made on the radio stations of Classic Hits and Breeze (Media Works).

However, Principals can also make an individual decision for their school, particularly if they can’t safely get staff to school from their homes on the hill suburbs. You will receive an email via the Office email and Seesaw as soon as a decision is made if this is the case for us.   If in doubt please check emails and Seesaw before sending your child to school. 
 

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 3, 2022
 
 

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


SCHOOL SWIMMING WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS ALL TERM

August 8                            Maths Week commences
August 9 & 10                    School Photos
August 12                          Staff Only Day - School Closed

August 15                          Cheese roll orders due back in
August 15                          Gifted and Talented Museum weekly sessions begin
August 16                          Gifted and Talented Ma-Fi Arts weekly sessions begin
August 26                          Cancer Society Daffodil Day
August 27 & 28                  Cheese Rolling Weekend

September 2                     Cross Country Champs
September 7                     Wig Wednesday Child Cancer Fundraiser
September 30                   Term 3 ends

                             
School reopens for Term 4 on Monday 17th October


STAFF ONLY DAYS FOR 2022:  SCHOOL CLOSED ON 12 AUGUST 
& 18TH NOVEMBER

 
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