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Monday 1st November 2021

Kia ora Bradford Whānau,

This shortened week seems to have just flown by - much like the unusual school year with only 30 school days, and 54 total days after today until Christmas Day.  We live in hope that the traffic light system will hopefully bring a bit more stability to the 2022 school year. 

Mrs Kay is returning to guest teaching next year having kindly stepped in to help us by teaching for the balance of 2021 when I was appointed Tumuaki (Principal).  Therefore, applications closed on Friday for a teacher vacancy in the middle area of our school. Many of the applicants have put forward their desire to join our very special school having heard about Bradford's supportive extended whānau community and our holistic curriculum delivery approach.  The Management Team (Liz Tobin: Deputy Principal, Lisa O'Donnell: Assistant Principal, myself) and the Presiding Board Member (Chair) Craig Earl, will be carefully considering all applicants for the 'right fit for our place' over the coming weeks.  We intend to be notifying our Bradford whānau of the decision before the end of the school year.

Our Teacher Only Day last Friday was incredibly prosperous with the teaching staff receiving some exciting science and technology professional learning from an expert.  This was a workshop specifically tailored to our plans to utilise our wonderful outdoor environment more in our lessons next year - so we are all feeling very inspired - watch this space! 

Last week, teachers posted your child's artwork for our personalised Calendar and Diary fundraiser to Seesaw accounts.  These super Christmas present ideas are due back by Friday this week please.

All the very best for a great week ahead whānau.  Please do remember to look on Seesaw for a digital copy of Class Newsletters where you will find events and updates specific to each class.  

Kia mau menemene - keep smiling,
Emma and the Bradford Team
Everyone at school participated in the National Shake Out Day drill  this past Thursday at 9:30am.  Whilst we hope it will never happen to us, it is really important to be prepared for any civil emergency. I have been updating our Bradford Emergency Management Plans to ensure (as has always been the case in the past), we remain current with the very latest best practice.  Please do take the time at home to discuss / review your plans with your whānau should disaster strike.  Below you will find the first of a number of challenges that you might like to consider undertaking as a family.  I will showcase a new one each week to help get you prepared if you'd like to participate.  
Look at our budding young chefs hard at work! Our G & T programmes started this week with delicious aromas wafting from the staffroom as Sumintra taught her cultural cooking group the art of a good Indian curry.  The recipe was requested by many passers by.  Word on the street is that Miss Little and Mrs O'Donnell might have had a sneaky taste test too!    Tune in next week to see what the G & T Science group have been learning about at the Museum. 
Our Futsal Team that versed Kaikorai Primary won 6 points to nil.  Benji and Ajax both scored three goals each on the back of some great teamwork.   AB (Ajax's Dad) who is the Coach and Manager of the team reported that "all the players were excited, motivated, active and gave their best to achieve this amazing result" in their opening game.  Way to go everyone - you deserve to be very proud of yourselves with that superb team attitude.   Thank you also to AB for his expertise and positive support.
Futsal Draw for this week

Middles v St Joseph   4:20pm   Crt 9    Zone 3

Seniors v Brockville   4:00pm   Crt 18   Zone 4


Bradford School's Enrolment Zone officially ceased at the end of last term.  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.  
Whānau are warmly invited to our Dyslexia Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 24th November at 6:45pm.  Staff will be sharing what dyslexia is (and isn't), how it may affect children, how and when we tend to identify it, strengths of the dyslexic mind and supports available both at school and in the home.  We would appreciate it if you could please let your child's teacher know if you are intending to attend. There is also a $50 Grocery voucher spot prize available on the night for one lucky attendee. 
What's coming up...
Term 4, 2021

November 15th                   Book Fair Week starts
November 17th                   Fish and Chip Dinner
November 19th                   Book Character Dress Up Day
November 24th                   Dyslexia Parent Information Evening 6:45pm start

December 10th                   Senior reports sent home
December 13th                   Transition activity with class for 2022
December 13th                   Prizegiving at KVC - 6pm start
December 14th                   Final day for students (12:00pm finish) 

January 31st                       First day of Term 1 2022
Chat bus is at school weekly if you would like your child to attend.   Sue Evans,  continues as our Chatbus Registered Counsellor for Term 4 on Tuesdays and Fridays.
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