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Monday 21st February 2022,

 
Kia ora Bradford Whānau,

Well whānau much like you, Thursday didn't quite pan out like I had planned.  It was my 50th birthday and I was surprised after lunch with fifty gorgeous handmade paper flowers and the whole school singing Happy Birthday heartily to me (socially distanced in class groups outside).  It was one of those lump in your throat moments when you know just how incredibly lucky and privileged you are to be part of something really special like our fabulous kura community!   

Fast forward to the end of the day, in the middle of an online course getting a phone call alerting me to what we all knew was inevitable at some stage.  After a quick message home to cancel the celebrations it was time to initiate our well-prepared plans.  Many thanks to all the staff who sprang into action for the team effort required.  Liz deserves a special mention for the near 11pm finish at school with me, as does Sonja for her wonderful systems and spreadsheet skills.


I want to sincerely thank our school whānau for your understanding and patience as we worked as quickly but carefully as we could through our systems.  Your ongoing kind messages of support to the staff have also been appreciated.  I acknowledge the initial jolt you would have all felt, and in particular the nagging worry that many whānau of the children in the school who were identified as close contacts have had these last few days. 

I also wish to acknowledge the family of our initial case for whom it hasn't been easy.  Keeping your child off school when unwell to check and then getting a subsequent test greatly reduced the exposure time for everyone.  It could have been and still could be any one of us in the future - so huge hugs and a thank you due there for your vigilance and consideration!  I have heard from caregivers the sensible, balanced and kind conversations many have had with their children and I commend you for this in these challenging times - as you know children take their lead from us. 

I have taken heart from the neuroscience research shared at our professional development days that strongly validates that kotahitanga (belonging) to a caring community who share a challenging experience together greatly reduces stress. Whilst there will be Covid and vaccine views that differ in our community we are most definitely united in the one most important constant - our tamariki.  
He waka eke noa; we are definitely all in this together ...  # feeling grateful as the kids would say!!!

We are all very much looking forward to having our R4 and Burrow community back together this week!  

Below is a photo of my beautiful flowers and some of our recent learning.  As always, please do be in touch if I can assist you in any way.


Kia mau menemene (Keep smiling),
Emma and the Bradford Team
Room 4 were making the most of the weather during their P.E. sessions earlier in the week.  All class teachers are making sure they take the children outside regularly for planned fresh air breaks throughout the day.
Room 1 and 2 have been busy doing lots of painting.  Here are their very cute Harold pictures and Lillie's Manawa whānau flag.
Ayesha in Room 2 created a digital version of a Japanese folktale; Nezumi no Yomeiri (The Mouse's Marriage).
Room 6 had one of their fresh air breaks exploring the orchard for hidden treasures. They came up triumphant with some apples and a solitary plum.
ENTRY INTO THE SCHOOL
Entry to the School will remain restricted through the gate by the Library and we shall also continue with the staggered finish times.   Please phone Sonja on 4536 254 or Emma on 027 559 4616 if you need to make an appointment.  We are happy to deliver your child to the gate if you require early collection.  Please be advised that the office is not attended on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons so early notification is preferable where possible.   We sincerely appreciate your understanding and support in this matter which also reduces the risk of you being identified as 'close contacts' as happened to a couple of parents and our wrestling coach scooped into this round of isolation.  
Healthy Kai Fortnightly Menu
This even week (W4) Kaan's menu is shown below with odd weeks menu above.   Subway continues each Monday and Friday.
Consider joining our PTA!
Wednesday March 2nd 5.30pm - School Library

We are getting ready to launch the Bradford PTA for the 2022 year!   We invite our whānau to consider becoming a member of our PTA. 
The PTA creates fundraising opportunities to help improve what Bradford school can offer to our children. In the past the PTA have contributed to technology equipment, instruments, sports equipment, school bus trips, swimming, gardens, play equipment ... this helps in topping up with what the school can do with the already stretched operation grant they receive from the Ministry of Education.

If you would like to find out more about our PTA, please come along to our first meeting on Wednesday March 2nd at 5.30pm in the school library and/or send us an e-mail at 
pta@bradford.school.nzAt our first meeting we outline the roles on the PTA, the school goals and the children and staff ideas of what would be helpful to fundraise for. Each year we also elect a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer at our first meeting.

We hope to see you at our first meeting!

Thank you
 
FUTSAL
We have been granted a short extension to entering our Bradford teams due to families isolating.  If you have not returned your permission slip to Liz then today (Monday 21st February) is the absolute final day - please take a photo and email Liz the form by 3pm today.  No further extensions are able to be given sorry as the organisers are kindly waiting on us.
CRICKET
 
Two of our three Cricket teams will need to forfeit their first game due to isolating children.   Kākāriki (the youngest team) are able to still play today.  Lisa McKillop has forwarded the map and all details via email to those involved. 

From next week, when we are fully back up on deck the weekly game details can also be found here as a back up to Lisa's email which will continue.   Good luck Kākāriki for your first game! 
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 1, 2022
 
 

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


February 28th                    Room 6 Cycle Skills with Scarlett                      
                   
March 7-11                         Walk 'n' Wheel week
March 11th                         Interim reports sent home
March 16th                         Kindy Open Day (Covid postponed until Term 2)
March 21st                         Otago Anniversary Day - school closed

April 8th                              Bradford School Cross Country
April 11-14                          Auditions for our school production
April 14th                            End of Term 1 

 
School reopens for Term 2 on Monday 2nd May
 
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