Saturday, 18 March 2017

Welcome Mrs Smith to Room 8

Term 1, week 7

This week we have really exciting news. Mrs Smith our wonderful DP is going to be teaching in room 8  every day from 11.00-1.00pm. She will be teaching writing and maths.

During these two hours I will be continuing my reading recovery through the year!!!  I am so excited to be team teaching with Mrs Smith, she is a talented teacher and we will all benefit from her knowledge, skills, strategies and experience she has to offer.

Keep watching this space so we can post what is happening in room 8!!

This week also all of the junior school will be going for a walk up Monument hill  to further connect with the identity of Kaikohe and themselves.

Please also don't forgot please return the permission slip to allow your child to go on the trip to Auckland in August this year.

Have a great week๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

Mrs Birchall, Mrs Smith and Room 8.

Saturday, 25 February 2017


Term 1, Week 4

Kia Ora Whanau,

Next week I am  on release all week, to complete my reading recovery assessments. Whaea Desiree will be teaching in room 8 all week.   Well done to Skylah and Gerrat  for receiving a class certificate on Friday!
Please make her feel welcome!!  Reading in room 8 has offically started your child will be bringing home 2 new books per week.
If they read with the teacher on a monday, that same book will be re read on a Tuesday. If your child reads with the teacher on Wednesday that same book will be re read on Thursday.

A poem book will be sent home every Friday also.  The challenge in room 8 at the moment is to read every single night. We are all trying to read more, so the more we read the clever we get!!

Have a great week, I look forward to catching up with all your tamariki through the week!!

Mrs Birchall and Room 8

Friday, 17 February 2017

Introductions and exciting news

Term 1, week 3

Kia Ora whanau/Caregivers

WOW, it's been another exciting week.  Thank you to all the parents that have purchased stationary for their child. We only have 4 more children to go until the whole class have their books ready to learn.
Your child may have come home to tell you some exciting news that I have started training to become a Reading Recovery teacher.  Another teacher will be coming into room 8 for 2 hours a day, so I can  be released to work with 4 children a day to improve their reading and writing abilities. I am very excited and can't wait to start.

A big thank you to Erana Park, Darcy's mum, who came to meet the teacher on a very wet and wild Thursday night.  Your attendance was appreciated.

I will attach my class letter to this blog post just in case you may not have seen it.

Welcome back to term one 2017
Wow, Yippee, I am excited to be back at school, it’s going to be a simply amazing year. My name is Louise Birchall and I  will be your child’s kaiako in room 8. I have been teaching at Kaikohe West for nearly 4 years.
Our term one focus is centred on getting to know your child. What their strengths are and what we can do to develop a teacher to child relationship. We will be establishing easy routines this term so our learning will be easier to implement and the children will feel comfortable in their learning space. Our Inquiry focus is centered around Identity.

Your child will be bringing home their book bags Monday-Thursday and their poem book on a Friday. Basic sight words will be included, please read these on a daily basis. Your parental input is vital to a successful year of learning and achievement for your child. Teamwork= success!!
I would really appreciate your support over the year, whatever you can do to support and motivate your child would be fantastic. Readers will be starting to go home from Week 4. Can you listen to your child read nightly please. This help would be tremendous. Swimming has already started, our swimming days are on Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your tamariki bring their togs and towel in a  plastic bag on these days. Let’s all work together and have a great year at Kaikohe West School.
If you have any questions please come in and hang out with us in rm8. we have an open door policy at school and always a hot cup of tea!!
If you want to get in touch with me my email address is
Blog address
Mrs Louise Birchall (Kaiako)

Have an excellent weekend, I will see you all next week, ready for lots of fun learning adventures.

Mrs Birchall and Room 8

Friday, 10 February 2017

Welcome back to 2017

Term1, Week 2

Kia Ora Whanau/Caregivers

Hi, my name is Louise Birchall, I am going to be your child's teacher in room 8 for 2017.  I have been teaching at Kaikohe West School for the last 4 years. I am so looking forward getting to know your child and what their interests and strengths involve. Relationships are very important to me, between the children whanau and myself. It takes a village to raise a child, so let's do it together. We are going to have an exciting year, full of learning, relationships, friendships and whanaunautanga

On Friday we had Whakawhauntanga day at school, I captured some amazing photos  of the tamariki in my class laughing and enjoying themselves. The children had various activities from Rakau,  basketball, bouncy castle, swimming pool, waterslide, soccer fun then to end of a disco in rm13.

Children in room 8 have amazing dance moves. I saw many tamariki laughing, smiling and enjoying themselves๐Ÿ˜ƒ Don't forget we have swimming on Tuesday and Friday.

Skylah having fun on the water slide

Benjamin waiting in line patiently for the bouncy castle

Nivanna with her 1st certificate of 2017

Here is some of my lovely class for 2017

I hope you have a lovely weekend, see you all next week
Mrs Birchall and Room 8

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Christmas is nearly here!!

Term 4, Week 8

Kia Ora Whanau/Caregivers๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…

I can't believe only 2 weeks to go!!!  Next week we have parent/teacher  interviews on Tuesday  6th  December from 3.30-6.30.

We are going to visit Santa's Ghotto on Monday morning. Life Education has been here, The children are learning  about that are the 9 things that make us healthy and why friendships are special.

Some of the tamariki in Room 8 are involved in the Kaikohekohe  sports day on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th.

I hope you have a great weekend, looking forward to seeing you all on Monday

Mrs Birchall and Room 8๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„

Friday, 25 November 2016

Christmas Excitement and Peanut fun!!!

Term 4, Week 7

Dear whanau/Caregivers.
If any of you missed out about the up and coming class trips in week 8, here it is!!

Dear Whanau/Parents/Grandparents

As the end of the year is approaching  rapidly, room 8 is planning a class trip next week. Throughout next week week 8. From Monday 28th to Friday 2nd December we will be planning on taking a walk  down to santa’s grotto, in the old Mitre 10 building. This walk will be dependent on the weather.

We will also be having a walk up monument hill to look at the amazing monument and take in some of the beautiful sights of Kaikohe.

If you do not require your child to be included in these excursions please let me know ASAP.

You are more than welcome to join us if you are able to.

Please ring or email if you have any further questions.

Louise Birchall

WE had a really exciting day with Peanut in the classroom on Wednesday, next week I will post some photos. Our waiata performance was fantastic on Friday. Thankyou to all the whanau that supported us.

The Kaikohe christmas parade was amazing today, thank you to Matua Gus and whaea Te ruru for organising the float.

Have a great weekend, see you all next week.๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Mrs Birchall and Room 8

Saturday, 19 November 2016

TBall skills and certificate excitement!!

Term 4, week 6

Kia Ora whanau

Araho mai, last week I forget to put up a post, I have been very busy completing assessment on your tamariki and starting to write reports. The great news is only 1 report to go!!!  I am so proud of all the tremendous work all the tamariki have achieved over the year. Everyone has been working very hard to achieve these pleasing results.

This week we had Feron Rogers from the Bay Marlins come and spend some time with our Kaikohe west TBall children.  He has been working on developing there throwing and catching skills.

Ariana was really lucky to get her name pulled out of the white card box!!!  Room 8 were really excited for her

Danna-Marie, Harley and Tyrone with their certificates for week 6

Feron and the awesome TBall team

Feron showing Jay-Jay how to throw a softball

Paytonn wrote me the most gorgeous note!! Just wanted to share it with the world

Peanut my little Papillion is coming to school for the day next Wednesday. All of Room 8 are so excited and can't wait!!  I am excited also, I hope Peanut is.  I will post photos of Peanuts visit next week.

Our waiata performance is next Friday the 25th November. I hope to see lots of whanau there supporting there tamariki.  We are singing Purei Nei. Everyone is learning the new waiata really easily.

Thank you also to Feron for coming in and spending time with our beautiful children. Everyone did benefit from his one on one coaching!!

Have a great week
Mrs Birchall and Room 8