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Monday 14th March 2022,

Kia ora Bradford Whānau,

This past week, I have been undertaking some interesting reading around Tō Tātou Kura Atawhai, which is a joint project between the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Children's Commissioner, supported by the Bullying Prevention Advisory Group.   Sadly, we only need look as far as local social media groups to acknowledge that bullying is a significant and ongoing issue in Aotearoa New Zealand. Beyond our shores of course is the devastating Ukraine and Russia conflict which I have heard our tamariki concernedly talking about here at school.  

For something to constitute bullying, it must contain three elements: an imbalance of power, a repetition of hurtful behaviors, and an intention to inflict harm.  

Ensuring places of learning are safe, inclusive and free from racism, discrimination and bullying is also a priority within the National Education Learning Priorities (NELPS) set out by the Government. 

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to bullying prevention and response. However, we do know that safe, positive and inclusive environments built on strong relationships are effective in creating that shared ethos of what we expect from 'our kind of school.'  

One of the strategies detailed in the project that really resonated with me was fostering strong community connections through whānau-led groups which fundraise and put on events; supporting activities important to a student's culture or religion. Tolerance and understanding is born from education. Opportunities to practice social inquiry processes at school by researching and exploring different values and perspectives are invaluable.

At the beginning of each year the children share their culture with their peers in our inquiry unit Tēnei Au, Tēnei Mātou (This is me, this is us).  We have also held Cultural Expos here in the past. With such a wealth of rich cultural tapestry in our kura it would be great to broaden our social investigations;  I encourage whānau to please share with us any experiences or events that may be happening in your culture that would be suitable to grow understanding for our tamariki and wider community.   

Raffles Plea
This is our major Term 1 fundraiser as we were unable to proceed with our booked Cheese Roll fundraiser.  Hopefully this may still be able to take place in Term 2 (Covid depending).  We sincerely appreciate your sales support of our Firewood and Easter raffle towards EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) initiatives for our akonga. You will see below that the PTA are calling for donations towards the Easter Raffle to be placed in the box in the foyer please.  To date there are two donations, so if you are possibly able to pick up a little extra something with the groceries that would be very much appreciated. If anyone wants any extra raffle cards for their workplace then please be in touch via email to the office. 

Calling on some gardening skills please
We are doing a bit of ground maintenance at school. The next stage in our project requires probably at most two hours if we could secure 3-4 extra hands to clear an area at the front of the school.  If you are handy with a chainsaw / handsaw and wouldn't mind helping us out either early one evening or in the weekend we'd be very grateful.  

Otago Anniversary Weekend
School will be closed next Monday as we celebrate Otago Anniversary Day.  The weekly newsletter will resume the following Monday 28th March.  Have a great long weekend everyone!

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

Kia ora everyone,

The PTA will soon be sending out our annual easter raffle to win an Easter egg hamper! We are asking for donations of easter eggs, chocolate goodies or salty treats to help top up the hamper. If you are happy to donate, please pop this into the box with your room number on which will be in the foyer.

Ngā mihi
Your Bradford PTA


It was quite befitting for Room 5 who had been sharing a poem about the many uses of a stick to have their first taiaha lesson with Jamahl.   
Young Mason (forefront) demonstrates his combative fierce warrior stance while Martin adopts a bit more relaxed wait-and- see approach. 
There was much hilarity as Room 5 practised keeping the beat by trialing cardio desk drumming whilst simultaneously exercising on Friday to a popular song.   After what could only be described as an 'interesting' start, once we slowed down we actually surprised ourselves. For the most part, we were all in time which bodes well for our recorder lessons that we had temporarily paused to see if we can play in unison first.  Maddy decided we were so good at the cardio drumming we should try Queen's Rock anthem.  That resulted in us all in stitches after we tried the opening 5 bars!  We have collectively decided that song can be a goal.   Watch this space...
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 our first round of isolation.  
Healthy Kai Fortnightly Menu
The Term 1 Kaan's menu alternates between the odd week shown above and the even week below.  This week is Week 7.
      Bradford Middles v GI Bears   4:30pm   Crt 13   Yellow Zone 

Bradford Seniors v Grants Braes   4:30pm   Crt 7   Red Zone

All games at Logan Park this week

Team Kõwhai 4pm on Field 4

Team Kākāriki 4:45pm on Field 3

Team Karaka  4:45pm on Field 7
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 1, 2022

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

March 14                            Resilience Wrestling continues
March 15                            R6 Road Safety with Scarlett

March 21st                         Otago Anniversary Day - school closed
March 23rd                         Board Meeting 5:30pm

April 6th                              Firewood Raffle drawn 
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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