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Monday 20th June 2022

Kia ora Bradford Whānau,

This week is a short week with a Public Holiday to celebrate Matariki this Friday. 
 
In Otepoti, we mark the return of the lone star Pūaka and the star cluster Matariki. In Māori culture, the rising of the Pleiades star cluster depicts the time to celebrate the beginning of the new year in the Māori lunar calendar. 

Matariki not only provides an insight into the season ahead but it is also a time of reflection and to farewell those who have passed.  Traditionally food was cooked and offered to the star cluster, reminding us to respect and care for the natural world environment so it is preserved for future generations to enjoy. 

Shared kai is often a feature of whānaukataka (building community) events and as such Tūhura Otago Museum is hosting a free community breakfast to accompany the dawn ceremony on Friday.  If you don't feel like venturing out in the cold, then perhaps you might like to celebrate at home with the children by cooking  Matariki pancakes (recipe from Kickstart who provide our school weetbix shared below).    Personally, I am hoping to wrap up warm and head to the harbour basin to see the light spectacular projected over the water in the evening. 

However, you choose to celebrate the day I do hope you get some special time with whānau. 

Have a fabulous long weekend everyone!   


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

 
* Pūaka and Pūanga refer to the same star - you might have noticed that there are two different spellings in this newsletter.  The spelling difference relates to the dialect. Otepoti local mana whenua (Māori with historical whakapapa connections to the land) are Kāi Tahu.  The more commonly shared and known reo is Ngāi Tahu.  However, local iwi are working hard to reinstate and grow the local reo.  
One of the main features of Kāi Tahu dialect is the replacement of 'ng' in words with a 'k' like I have used. Pūaka is our local Kāi Tahu dialect.  The Tūhura flyer uses pūanga which is Ngai Tahu dialect.  Likewise, whānaungatanga in Kāi Tahu dialect is whānaukataka as per my opening address.

A reminder that Year 4-6 Student-led Learning Conferences are on next week.  These are a very important component of our shared partnership to support your child's learning. 

All children have prepared learning to share with you and teachers will also provide a mid-year update on your child's progress against curriculum expectations.   

If you are yet to make an interview time, please contact your child's teacher to do so.   

Children in Years 1-3 have learning conferences as anniversary dates of their weeks at school fall due. 
This simple yet effective entry ticket was created by Lucas Burns in Room 6 and was voted the winner of our senior design challenge - Congratulations Lucas!

TICKET SALES REMAIN OPEN

WEEK 2 of sales; whānau are invited to purchase extra tickets ...
  • ADULTS $6  &  CHILDREN $4  (toddlers on knees still have to be counted for in the H & S building maximum occupancy hirer conditions sorry)
  • CASH SALES ONLY in a named envelope/bag to the Office specifying how many and whether adult or child seats 
KAIKORAI KINDY VISIT
On Monday we hosted 23 little folk and accompanying adults from Kaikorai Kindergarten who came for an excursion to try out our bike track.  We also shared some Subway with them in the Junior classes when they'd finally exhausted themselves and the rain threatened.  I had to laugh when some of our five and just six year olds said to me "Mrs Knopp, they're so cute - look how little they are!"  Amazing what a difference a whole year can make in the eyes of the young! They weren't wrong though, they were super cute and it was really lovely to host them. We have invited them back again in the warmer months. 
JACKET REMINDER
 
Brrr - it really is very cold outside at the moment so please do remember to send your child to school with a jacket.  With only three children in the juniors having a jacket at school one day last week, Mrs O'Donnell handed out some of our brand new jackets kindly donated by Kids Can.  These are modelled above by Lillie and Eli. 

*If you need support to provide a jacket for your child then please come and let me confidentially know. 

TennisPlus+ Coaching (based at the Edgar Centre) is running FREE 1/2 Court tennis coaching sessions to see if your child would like to enrol for term 3 2022 coaching which will be discounted by $20 ($64 instead of $84 for 8 x 35-minute sessions during term 3). 

There will also be a draw before term 3 starts to find who will get their entire term 4 coaching for FREE!

TERM 2 2022 FREE 1/2 COURT COACHING DETAILS:
Free Coaching Dates: Tuesday June 28th, Thursday June 30th & Friday July 1st.
Venue: Edgar Centre Age Range: 5 to 11 years of age
Time Options: 3.45pm - 4.20pm or 4.25pm - 5.00pm (Choose one) - do not just turn up, you MUST ENROL.
Coaching Cost: $0.00   Equipment: We provide everything (including racquets) 
Edgar Centre Door Charge: $1.00 (Normally $2.50)
Player/Coach Ratio: 4 to 1 maximum - sometimes will have 2 coaches on court with 4 players
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. 
AN EARLY PLEA TO PLEASE SAVE THE WEEKEND OF SATURDAY 27TH AND SUNDAY 28TH AUGUST TO HELP US WITH CHEESE ROLLING FOR OUR ANNUAL LEOTC FUNDRAISER THAT HAD TO BE POSTPONED IN TERM 1. 

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 ONE CHEESE-ROLLING SHIFT THEN IT SUDDENLY BECOMES VERY DO-ABLE.    THANK YOU :)
COVID 19 CLOSE CONTACT REFERENCE SHEET
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 8.
Become a host family for the University of Otago ...

Now that international travel is opening up we are currently enlisting new host families. If you are a family who has some spare time for hosting an independent international tertiary-aged student in your home, please contact us (details below). 

Host families will receive a weekly payment, along with support and training to assist with hosting.  Some requirements are that hosts should have a well maintained home, a spare room for a student and enough space to cater for another resident in your home.

We look for hosts who are interested in sharing their home, embracing a different culture and offering occasional support. This can be a very rewarding experience.  Hosts should live within 8-10 kilometres of Dunedin city and be on a good bus route to the city.

If this is you, please email us at homestay@otago.ac.nz or phone us on 03 4794184 or 03 4795710 to find out more!
SEPTEMBER SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS 
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
email: craig.boardoftrustees@bradford.school.nz
 

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

June 24th                  Matariki observed - Public Holiday
June 27th - July 1     Learning Conferences
June 30th                  Elgregoe Values Magic Show

July 4th - 6th             Production Rehearsals 
July 7th                      Pirates of the Currybean Production 6pm @ T-College -
                                   Entry strictly by pre-purchased ticket with NO DOOR                                             SALES available. 
July 8th                      Last day of term 2
 
School reopens for Term 3 on Monday 25th July 

CHEESE ROLL MAKING WEEKEND Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August

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

 
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