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Monday 27th June 2022

Kia ora Bradford Whānau,

I hope you all had an opportunity to join in the Matariki festivities as well as enjoy a relaxing long weekend.  In just two weeks time the holidays will be upon us, and teachers have already started planning for an exciting Term 3.

One of the highlights for me this term was taking five of our Year 6 tamariki to the National Young Leaders Day held at the town hall a couple of weeks ago.  There was a fantastic line-up of well-known local identities that had overcome some form of personal challenge to be where they are today.  The theme was resilience and they spoke of how being able to draw from your own strengths in times of adversity can really take you to lofty heights.     

It was a truly magic day because the children were so inspired by the relatable speakers that included William Pike who lost his leg in a volcanic eruption, Georgia Lines a NZ signer/songrwiter who had a hard time at school and was rebuffed many times in the industry, Sam Johnson CEO of the Student Volunteer Army and also past NZer of the year and one of the favourites Georgia Latu, the CEO of Pōtiki Poi; a local rangatahi (teenager/young adult) who at the age of 12 started making poi in her lounge for a fundraiser.   


Pōtiki Poi is now the world’s largest Poi company, manufacturing eco-friendly poi using recycled materials and shipping them locally and around the world.  Pōtiki Poi employs people with diverse abilities, inspired by Georgia’s brother who was born with Trisomy 21 (Downs Syndrome).   

Recently Georgia launched New Zealand’s first ever Poi Dance Academy in Ōtepoti (Dunedin), called Kura Poi.   The opportunity to invest locally, supporting youth and growing our cultural capability is a fabulous opportunity so I have asked Georgia if she could fit some instruction for us into her busy schedule. 


We very much echo this building resilience sentiment here at Bradford in our values focus, our day-to-day learning/interactions, and our bespoke wrestling programme.  There are also many opportunities to 'give back' and support others with our tuakana-teina model of the older tamariki providing awhi and support to the younger ones.  There are some examples of this in the photographs below. 

Finally, an update on Production ticket sales - we still have tickets available to purchase for those who may want to extend an invitation to their wider whānau and friends.  


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

 
Maisie, Maddie, Isaiah, Troy and Saanvi about to be inspired as they wait for the NYLD workshop to start. 
                 William Pike                                                           Georgia Latu
   Founder of the William Pike Challenge  
                               CEO of Pōtiki Poi
Troy, Lucas, Aiden and Oli have been using their mathematical, presentation and woodworking skills with Mark from OYWT to create a noticeboard for whānau and those visiting the school in the weekends.   Doesn't it look great!!!  A HUGE thank you to Ian Abernathy (Joiner) for his generosity with time and materials to regularly support our crew.  
Tuakana-teina at it's best - sharing the love and passing on the skills they have learnt - thank you boys - loving your mahi ❤️
Lucas teaching Ever how to make a Matariki star at the woodwork table.
Troy and Noah made a great team as did Aiden and Eli.

A reminder that Year 4-6 Student-led Learning Conferences are on THIS 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. 

 
COSTUMES
 
Teachers have let families know about costuming and we are really keen to please have these all finalised at school this week please.   Please make contact with your child's teacher if you need further support with this.   
 
TICKET SALES REMAIN OPEN
  • 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, please. 
School swimming starts weekly on Wednesdays next term.  Please double-check before then that your child's togs still fit and purchase some good-fitting goggles if you feel like this would aid them in the pool.  We always appreciate any extra offers of supervisory help - if you can assist then please let your child's teacher know as soon as possible.  
SCHOOL PHOTOS
 
After finding out that our usual photographer has sold the business and prices are increasing across the board, I decided that we would cast our net wider with Sonja and I undertaking some research.  Accordingly, we are very much looking forward to Edith Leigh taking our school photos this year on the 9th August next term.  Edith's photos are an absolutely beautiful natural portrayal of children being children - she won't do your typical 'posed' look. I have been in contact with a few schools that have used her and they were delighted with the results which I was also given an opportunity to view. 
As school photos are only two weeks into next term, I thought you may appreciate a heads-up in case you wanted to start saving a few pennies each week to purchase extra photos as Christmas presents for whānau.  Edith's price is comparable with other school photographers and not more expensive.  There is, of course, no compulsion to buy any photos at all but if you know in advance you can prepare for your personal choice either way. 
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 :)
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 9.
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 27th - July 1     Learning Conferences
June 29th                  Year 5 & 6 KVC Information evening here at Bradford
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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