Kia ora Burnham Whanau,
A pamphlet was sent home with all children on Friday regarding the proposed bilingual classroom at Burnham School. If you are interested in enrolling your child please return the expression of interest form (part of the pamphlet) by Monday the 22nd of September.
If you are interested but would like more information do not hesitate to e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org anytime, call 347 6851 during the week.
Answers to questions I have already been asked:
Question 1: How will the children cope with moving from learning in English to learning in Te Reo?
To ease children into the bilingual classroom the class will begin in Term 1 with children learning in Te Reo for approximately an hour a day. During Term 2 the children will build up to learning in Te Reo for approximately two hours each day. As the children’s level of Te Reo grows so will the amount of time spent using Te Reo. Towards the end of the year the children will be learning in Te Reo 50% of the time.
Question 2: Will the class be involved in all wonderful activities that Burnham currently offers our children e.g. zone sports, attending Technology at Lincoln, EOTC Trips, Camps, Whole School kapahaka etc?
The answer is yes! the Bilingual class will be fully involved in all school activities.
If you have not received the pamphlet I have attached it to this e-mail.
Here are some links which may be of some help if you are considering the bilingual classroom for your child/ren. A summary of the finding of the research article is contained in the pamphlet.