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Friday, 18 August 2017

Room 8 cross country heroes!!

Term 3, week 4

Kia Ora Whanau

On Wednesday we had Kaikohe west school  cross country, it was a splendid SUNNY day, without any rain even in the sky.  All the tamariki  gave it their best and ran their little hearts out!!

We have been practising alot and 7 of our children  managed to get themselves placed in the top 3 in their age groups. These children will be attending Ohaeawai interschool next Wednesday 23rd August 2017.


Here are my amazing runners, Jahneequa, Cloey, Te Arai, Mark, Ziggy, Frankie and Teina! 
Jahneequa with her 3rd place getting in the 7 year old girls.

I am so proud of EVERYONE in room 8 who ran their quickest and fastest!!

Have a great week
Mrs Birchall and Room 8







Friday, 11 August 2017

Kids Can Crazy hair day and birthdays!!

Term 3, week 3

Kia Ora Whanau

This week I have been on release to  complete my reading recovery assessments.  From week 4 I will be back full time in room8.  Thank you to Mrs Young for taking such good care of room 8 in my absence.

On Friday it was my birthday and Room 8 made the best birthday cards ever!!!  Thank you so much for the lovely messages.

Also on Friday we had Kids can crazy hair day so we could raise some money for such a worthy  organisation.  Every year Kids Can donate baked beans, scrogin, peach pots, muesli bars, tissues, shoes and wet weather jackets.

I captured Skylah looking pretty amazing with her spectacular looking hair.


Skylahs back of her crazy hair design

Skylahs front view of her crazy hair

Next Wednesday is our school cross country, We will be starting by  10.30. It will be fantastic to see lots of whanau support there to encourage and cheer your tamariki to run faster.
Sausage sizzles, drinks and iceblocks will be all $1.00 each.


Have a great weekend

Mrs Birchall and Room 8.







Friday, 28 July 2017

Welcome back to term 3, 2017

Term 3, week 1

Kia Ora Whanau

I hope you had a great holiday. I am sharing the term 3 newsletter  with you, it will be coming home on Monday.  We are in the middle of cross country training, please ensure your tamariki brings their running shoes on Monday and Wednesday as these are our training days!!


From Monday we are start a reading challenge through Hell Pizza. Every time your child reads at home they will  get a clip on their Pizza card, once they have read 7 nights in a row they will receive a FREE pizza in the next school holidays.  This is a great promotion to create more enjoyment and pleasure when it comes to personal reading!!


Kia Ora Whanau

Welcome back to Term 3!!!!  Room 8’s newsletter for this term is about reinforcing what we are learning about, up and coming events and how you can support your child to be the best that they can be.
Our Inquiry focus this term is looking and comparing  animals  that are native to New Zealand and Australia. This links nicely into the Junior school trip to Kelly Tartlon’s and the Auckland Zoo at the end of August.

Our school cross country will be taking place Wednesday 16th July. Times will be confirmed closer to the time, it would be lovely to see you at school cheering and encouraging your child to try their best.

Room 8’s class blog is http - kwsbirchall.blogspot.co.nz  The children love having their mahi commented on please come and visit our blog so you can capture your child’s learning in action.
My class has a planning site that you can also visit, https://sites.google.com/a/kaikohewest.school.nz/room8-2016/?pli=1

I would really appreciate your continued support to listen to your child read each night, please record their learning in the reading log. Some tamariki already have read nearly 50 nights in a row!!  Please remember they need to bring their book bag to school each day.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via phone, email, social media or a school visit.Your continued whanau support is everything to your own child!
4011713- school, 0275004575


Mrs Louise Birchall ( Kaiako)



Kia Ora Whanau

Welcome back to Term 3!!!!  Room 8’s newsletter for this term is about reinforcing what we are learning about, up and coming events and how you can support your child to be the best that they can be.
Our Inquiry focus this term is looking and comparing  animals  that are native to New Zealand and Australia. This links nicely into the Junior school trip to Kelly Tartlon’s and the Auckland Zoo at the end of August.

Our school cross country will be taking place Wednesday 16th July. Times will be confirmed closer to the time, it would be lovely to see you at school cheering and encouraging your child to try their best.

Room 8’s class blog is http - kwsbirchall.blogspot.co.nz  The children love having their mahi commented on please come and visit our blog so you can capture your child’s learning in action.
My class has a planning site that you can also visit, https://sites.google.com/a/kaikohewest.school.nz/room8-2016/?pli=1

I would really appreciate your continued support to listen to your child read each night, please record their learning in the reading log. Some tamariki already have read nearly 50 nights in a row!!  Please remember they need to bring their book bag to school each day.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via phone, email or a school visit.Your continued whanau support is everything to your own child!

Mrs Louise Birchall ( Kaiako)










Monday, 19 June 2017

Skylahs 8th birthday



Paytonn made this birthday sign for Skylah. I  have the most caring class ever !!!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Passion week 2017 photos

Term 2, week 7

Kia Ora Whanau/caregivers

I have been sick with that yucky flu that has been going around. I haven't posted any passion week photos, so here they are.
Jahneequa and Nivanna holding up their paper bag monsters

Group canvas of passion week so we wouldn't ever forget

Photo frames

Skylah and her amazing drawings

Jahneequa with her paper bag creation

Manga being busy, haapy and focused

We have parent teacher interviews Tuesday week 9. Tuesday 27th June. I would love to see heaps of parents so we can talk about your child's learning journey!!!

Please make sure your children have a warm jersey in their bag. It is very chilly in the mornings.

Have a great week

Mrs Birchall, Mrs Graham and room 8


Friday, 26 May 2017

Passion week 2017

Term 2, week 4

Kia Ora whanau/ caregivers

I hope you have had a great week, Passion week is coming up soon. Please ask your child what they are excited about learning!!

I handed out a term 2 newsletter this week. Here is a copy  just in case you missed out on it.



Welcome back to Term 2!!!!  Room 8’s newsletter for this term is about reinforcing what we are learning about, up and coming events and how you can support your child to be the best that they can be.

Our Inquiry focus this term is  looking at systems.  We have an overarching theme of whānaungatanga and looking to include  recycling where we can. We are aiming to have less litter in your child’s lunch boxes. Please ask them how we can achieve this and how we can have less rubbish at school and in the community.

Junior school PE will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. This term we are looking at increasing child’s skills in dodging, catching and invasion games.

Room 8’s class blog is http - kwsbirchall.blogspot.co.nz  The children love having their mahi commented on please come and visit our blog so you can capture your child’s learning in action.

My class has a planning site that you can also visit, https://sites.google.com/a/kaikohewest.school.nz/room8-2016/?pli=1

I would really appreciate your continued support to listen to your child read each night, please record their learning in the reading log. Some tamariki already have read over 25 night in a row!!  Please remember they need to bring their book bag to school each day.


If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via phone, email or a school visit.

Your continued whānau support is everything to your own child!

Mrs Louise Birchall ( Kaiako)

Have a great week, oops by the way our new children from Mrs O'brien have settled in really nicely. Congrats to Skylah and Ziggy for earning a classs certificate on Friday. The stem challenge on Friday also was heaps of fun. We made very interesting and creative marshmellow bridges and towers!! Everyone worked together and helped by being supportive by using whanauntanga.

Mrs Birchall and Room 8

Saturday, 20 May 2017

More farm pictures

Term 2, Week 3

Kia Ora Whanau/ caregivers

I found some more pictures from the class trip to add to our blog. The children are making a display in the class  to show the  milk process from grass to  finished products.

It is passion week in two weeks, please talk to your children about this exciting  week. I have been asking them what they would like to be learning about, I have some great ideas to keep me motivated also.

You are all welcome to join in on passion week, if you would like to be included just come and see me.

This is the farm dog Jess

Fresh rich delicious milk coming out from the vat.

I hope you all have a great weekend, I look forward to seeing everybody at school on Monday.
Mrs Birchall and Room 8