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Saturday, 18 November 2017

The special gold circus ticket


Term 4, week 5

Kia Ora Whanau,

This has been such an exciting week in room 8. All the tamariki have been trying extra hard to behave and support each other, as last week Ma Te Hira gave all the teachers one FREE circus ticket to a deserving tamariki.


In room 8 we decided to have a special draw  from the white cards that were collected all week.

We completed the draw after assembly on Friday and.........BENJAMIN was the lucky winner. I hope he has a fantastic time at the circus and tells room 8 all about it on Monday morning.

REMEMBER.... we have swimming also on a MONDAY and THURSDAY!!!

Have a great weekend

Mrs Birchall and Room 8

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Happyness and Success!!

Term 4, week 4

Kia Ora Whanau/caregivers

I hope you have had a great week.  During the week some children from room 8 went to the Kaikohekohe games at Lindvart park.  We had heaps of fun, laughter and whanauntanga.

Nivanna, Tiger, Ziggy, Benji, Cloey and Paytonn had a fabulous day. They meet children from the Kura, Christian, East and Bay of Islands Academy.  Whaea Tui and the teachers from the Kura in Kaikohe put on a yummy lunch for the tamariki.

Thank you to Nivanna and Luke's mum for coming along to support and cheer on.

Ziggy was especially lucky this week as his name was picked out of the white card box and he got two half  price tickets to the circus that is coming to Kaikohe next week.

Don't forget our swimming days are Monday and Thursdays.  The water is slowly getting warmer!!

Have a fantastic week.

Mrs Birchall and room 8

Friday, 3 November 2017

Little Gardens

Term 4, week 3

Kia Ora Whanau

Well it has been a busy week. I was sick for three days this week. Rom 8 had Mrs Pearson and Whaea Liz who  taught the class while I was away. Thank you so much ladies for your support.

While I was away the little gardens grew  really well,  We are going to re plant them on Monday in the planter boxs so we can start to attract the bees.

Swimming has started, we will be swimming on a Monday and Thursday, please ensure your child  is organised with their togs, towel in a named bag.

On Friday the children did a E-astle writing sample about, why Music is more important than  sport.  All the tamariki did a fantastic job!!  They have all made the most amazing writing progress.

Cloey has been in charge of watering the plants every day, She has taken on this role with a responsible attitude.   Please be careful as its  Guy Fawkes tonight!!  Please keep all your animals safe. See you all next week.

Mrs Birchall and room 8

Friday, 27 October 2017

Achievement, yellow card = success!!

Term4, week 2

Kia Ora Whanau

I can't believe swimming season is almost here.  We will be swimming from next week on a Monday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has their togs and towel in a plastic bag.

During the school assembly on Friday,  Stevie-Ray and Skylah received a certificate. They were both so proud of themselves.

Ziggy and Teina got their names picked out of the yellow box and Teina  was lucky enough to spin the wheel also.

I am very proud of my class because they always work hard to achieve fantastic  learning results!! 

Progress= SUCCESS!!!

Have a great weekend

Mrs Birchall and Room 8 

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Welcome back to Term 4, 2017

Term 4, week 1

Kia Ora Whanau,

Welcome back to term 4.

In case  if you missed out on the term 4, class letter well here it is!!

Dear Parents/Whanau                                                      

Welcome back to term 4. I can’t believe we are at the end of the year already and there is only 9 weeks to go until the end of 2017.

This term is very busy  and we have lots of exciting things planned. Swimming will be starting in a few weeks time once the water gets warmer. Please ensure your child has their togs in a plastic bag along with their towel. We have swimming caps at school as well. Please remember to put healthy food in your child’s lunch box. We are a health promoting school, so good food, means your child is more focussed in learning time, has better behaviour and also feels fuller for longer.

We will be planning an end of year trip, more details to come soon.  This term our Inquiry focus is  centered on the living world, environments and learning why bees are so important and the job they do. Room 8 are going to be investigating how as a class we can find out why bees are important in the pollination process.
Sunhats are compulsory in term 4. Please ensure your child has a hat to bring to school, so they stay safe from the sun. We are also a sunsmart school that encourages hats to be worn daily in the hot summer’s sun.

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.
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 75 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)



This term we will be swimming on a Monday and Thursday.  We should be starting swimming  by week 3 or 4. 

Earlier in the term we said goodbye to Mrs Woods, who has been a teacher at KWS for the last  40 years. Room 8 always loved it when she came in to teach!!  Her experience and caring personality were fantastic especially when she passed on her nuggets of wisdom!! 
Here is Ashley with Mrs Woods farewell card

Room 8 saying goodbye to Mrs Woods


Have a great long weekend

Mrs Birchall and room 8.


Saturday, 23 September 2017

Last week of term 3!!

Term 3, Week 9

Kia Ora whanau,

I hope you are happy with the election results. I went to vote so we all have a chance to have a better government. 

Thank you to the whanau that came to discuss their children's progress!!  It was lovely to see you.

This week we created some gorgeous maori koru art.   Everyone had so much fun being creative!!

Nivanna in the middle of her art.

Darcy created some amazing art.

Cloey looking very focussed

Examples of more of the art work in progress.

I hope you have had a  great weekend. Only one week to go until the school holidays. I hope you didn't forget to put the clocks forward by one hour today.

Mrs Birchall  and Room 8

Friday, 15 September 2017

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Term 3, Week 8

Kia Ora Whanau,

Next week we are having  parent/teacher interviews on Tuesday  19th September from 3.30-5.30.

  I am hoping to catch up with lots of whanau so we can celebrate their child's success and talk about their amazing progress!!


Just ring up the school office and make a time with Whaea Chanelle.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Birchall and room 8