Saturday, 12 December 2015

Room 7's trip to Santa's Grotto!!!

Term 4, Week 9 2015

Kia Ora Whanau

Well this is our second to last blog post for the YEAR!!!!  On Friday we walked down with Skylah's mum from the office to visit Santa's grotto. All of the Tamariki were so well behaved, they loved looking at the Christmas trees from the other schools in Kaikohe. The children made some Christmas cards and decorations. I know a massive shout out needs to go to these amazing volunteers that make this magical place happen for the children of Kaikohe every year!!

Here are some of our photos

After our visit we went and had a Icecream and a play at Mcdonalds. Thank you Room 7 for behaving so beautifully and listening to your Teacher.

We are having our school prizegiving  at 11pm on Thursday, I hope to see you all there!!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Certificates, Santa and Parent Teacher Interviews

Term4, Week 8, 2015

Kia Ora Whanau

WOW, only 2 weeks  to go until school finishes. We have so much to do,  We have Parent Teacher Interviews from 2-7pm  on Tuesday. We are going to walk down to Santa's Ghotto next Friday. Room 7 were lucky enough to decorate a Christmas tree for the Ghotto, it looks really amazing.

At the school assembly on Friday Breeze got her named picked out of the yellow box and got a FREE book off Whaea Lynn. I was so proud of her, see it pays to be good in room 7.

Here are some pictures
Breeze and her FREE books

Jade with his Certificate

Maia and her proud moment

So Parent Teacher Interviews are Tuesday 8th December from 2-7pm.  I hope to see lots of whanau, so we can discuss your child's progress!!

Mrs Birchall and Room 7

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Creativity and IPad Learning at it's finest!!

Term 4, Week 7, 2015

Kia Ora Whanau,

I hope you are having a great week, only 3 weeks of school left!!!!  I can't believe we finish on the 18th December.

We are now swimming on a Tuesday and a Thursday!!!  I would love it that every Tamariki in Room 7 brought their togs as it's compulsory under our Curriculum.

This week Whatu, wrote so many of his spelling words on a whiteboard. He is trying his very best at the moment, it is awesome to see. TinaRose and Eruera moved up 3 reading levels from 9-12!!  I love success and achievement, I am so proud of both of them for becoming confident readers!

Here are some IPad creations using Pic Collage
Here is our Christmas creation

Another awesome pic collage for Halloween

Have a great weekend Whanau!!

Mrs Birchall and Room 7

Friday, 13 November 2015

beautiful sunny weather and a fantastic Waiata performance

Term 4, Week 5

Kia Ora Whanau

Well 5 weeks down and 5 weeks to go!!!!  This term is going so fast only 25 days until we finish school.  The last day of school for 2015 is Friday 18th December.

I have been testing the children this week and have been really impressed and pleased with the impressive results.  So many children have dramatically moved in their reading levels.  This is a magic moment for me and makes me feel so proud of all their hard work they put into their own learning.

SWIMMING has no started this week. We are swimming on a Tuesday and Thursday. The children are all excited, please ensure they have their togs as it is a requirement they go swimming and it's part of our curriculum also.

Our Waiata performance on Thursday was amazing, Thank you to all the whanau that supported this event.  

Here are some photos from this week
Santino, Eugene, Ziggy and Jahzaay playing with the countdown dominio's

Jay-Jay, Shiyah and Trihaan with their certificates!!!

Have a great week and let's hope this lovely warm weather stays around.

Mrs Birchall and Room 7

Friday, 6 November 2015

Hard working Tamariki and amazing Singers

Term 4, Week 4, 2015

Kia Ora Whanau

Well this has been a really busy week in Room 7. We have been practising the waiata  E rere taku poi  for our performance this Thursday at school it start at 110'clock until 1 o'clock.  The tamariki are really excited and would love all their whanau , Nana's  and Poppa's to come and support them.

We made some Poi's on Wednesday with Room 12, we had so much fun. Alot of meaningful and focused discussions were taking place between Tukana and Teinia.

I was completing some testing on Thursday and was very happy with the results. Caeshian moved up 4 reading levels, Kayne is meeting national standards at Level 20, that is so fantastic!!!!!  Jevahn read fluenty at level 16 and Promise moved up to level 20 also.  I have so much clever and talented children in Room 7.  They all make me so proud.

I am looking forward to see you all at school on Thursday, The waiata performance starts at 11 0'clock.

Have a great weekend, the weather is so lovely and sunny. I am loving all this vitamin D at the moment.

Mrs Birchall and Room 7

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Successful and proud Tamariki in Room 7

Term 4, Week 3 2015

Kia Ora Whanau

This week I want to celebrate the success of my tamariki in Room 7.

This week we say a special welcome to Breeze, Mark and Drift, Thy have moved to us from Room 9!!!  Have a great time learning and sharing in Room 7.

Skylah has moved up 4 reading levels.
Whatu is writing more in his stories and is becoming a confident risk taker.
Luke has moved up to Level 6 in his reading.

We are a fantastic bunch of children who love to help one another learn, create and share.

Below is an example of their Whanauntanga!!!!

I am very proud of you all.

Have a great weekend

Mrs Birchall and Room 7.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Rugbt World Cup Learning

Term 4, end of  Week 2

Kia Ora Whanau

I hope you all have a nice long weekend, the weather doesn't look very flash. Hope you enjoy watching the All blacks game against South Africa on Sunday morning.  Go the AB's

We have been learning to match the country's with their own flag

Here is an example of what we have learnt so far.
Eruera is proud of his learning about the Rugby world cup.

Will share some more learning with you next week.  Ask your child if they can describe the Fiji flag to you!!

Mrs Birchall and Room 7

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Welcome Back to Term 4

Term 4, Week 2

Welcome back to the second week of term 4. This term is going to fly by so quickly.  This week we would like to welcome Carol Ann to Room 7, she is fitting in really nicely.

We are learning about Fiji this term and the Rugby world cup.

Please pop in , if anything is ever the matter or you have any questions !!!

Swimming starts in week 6 once the water becomes a wee bit warmer.

Have a lovely long weekend

Mrs Birchall and Room 7

Friday, 25 September 2015

Last week of term 3

Term 3, week 10

WOW, we made it Friday and what a week it has been.  We had Hiwi the kiwi on Wednesday, school production on Thursday  and a video about Scooby Doo and Balto the Dog on Friday... No wonder I feel so tired and shattered.

The school production was so awesome, I was a very proud teacher of room 7. They loved their making their Pirate hats, eye patches and telescopes. We were all stars on the day. Trihaan came dressed up  in a Pirate costume and even Ma Te Hira wore a costume as well.

This was a picture of the Minsterels car

Posters capturing fishes we are able to catch

Here is a recount  of the main ideas on Hiwi the Kiwi show and  our school production.

I hope you all have a safe holiday and enjoy spending time with your Tamariki.

In term 4 our focus is on the Rugby world cup - we are studying about FIJI!!!!

See you all on the 12th October.  Take care

Mrs Birchall and Room 7 

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Success, certificates, Pirates and having fun!!!

Term 3, Week 9

Hi Whanau,

I can't believe this is the last week of the term. It has flown by so quickly.  We are having our production this Thursday at 11am, all the tamariki are so quickly and excited.

Our Pirate hats, eye patches and telescopes look awesome. I am sure everyone is going to love watching the production, we look forward to seeing you all there.

Here are my little pirates making their telescopes!!

Amber is very proud of her Certificate

This is Maia's  certificate, she has moved up a reading level to Level 13!!! WOOHOO

Tina Rose got her name picked out of the yellow box- she received 2 FREE duffy books!!

Have a great week, see you next Thursday at 11am for our production Pirates V's Mermaids!

Friday, 11 September 2015

Success, Achievement and Blue Card recognition.

Term 3, Week 8 2015

Kia Ora Whanau

This week I want to share with you the success of my wonderful class of caring tamariki.- now that I have solved my IPad problems of downloading  photos on to my laptop.

Certificates, blue cards and Kayne's writing  are an example of my blog post for this week.

This is a picture of us in our pirate hats!! Arrh me hearty's
Here is Kayne's amazing writing. He is meeting at 1A

Here is a photo of the clever children who received certificates this week.

Finally the blue card children announced from week 8.

Thank you all the parents who came to see me discussing their children's progress for term 3 reports.

We only have two weeks left of school until the holidays.

Have a great weekend, see you Monday

Mrs Birchall and Room 7

Friday, 4 September 2015

Tu Mehe writers Room 7!

Term 3, Week 7, 2015

Hi Whanau

Only 3 weeks of  school to go!!!  This week we are going to Northland college to have our eyes tested. Kapa Haka is at Northland college also in week 9 and finally in week 10 we have the school production of Pirates v's Mermaids.  We are all working hard and learning all words and actions don pact. We will be working on our background and costumes this week.

This week I wanted to share some wonderful writing by Kayne. It is such a tremendous piece of Year 2 writing.

In the weekend I went to Moerewa to play Rippa rugby. I played four games and after the game I went back to Kaikohe to buy some fish'n' chips for my dad and brother and my cousin, their names are BJ and Wakaroa. Then I went home to eat the fish 'n' chips  and then my mum came with my sister and there cousin. Then I had dinner but I forgot what we had for dinner and then I went to bed and in the morning I cleaned up my room.

By Kayne Waaka Room 7.

Kayne has come a long way in his development as a writer.  keep up the great mahi Kayne.

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you at Parent Teacher interviews next Tuesday 8th September 2015

Friday, 28 August 2015

Bridge, Harold and Life Education Trust

Term 3, Week 6, 2015

This has been an exciting week at school. I finished my testing and so many children in Room 7 have  made very pleasing progress and are becoming terrific readers and confident spellers.

On Wednesday Maia ran at the Interschool Cross Country in Ohaeawai.  She came a very creditable 19th place. I know we were so proud of her and when she came back to school on Thursday she told us the highlight was the "running".

On Friday we went to visit Harold and Bridget in the Life Education Caravan. We learnt about how we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.  We dance and ran around the caravan to see how fast our heart would pump after we had exercised. 

Jade and Leecaeshian asked many wondering and curious questions. We also learnt that Sunshine, exercise, oxygen and good food were needed every day.

We are all excited to go back and see Harold and Bridget on Monday. Please ask your child what they have learnt in the Caravan.

Have a great weekend and keep up the awesome support as you hear your child read and learn their spelling words.

Mrs Birchall and Room 7.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Cross Country Excitement

Term 3, Week 5 2015

Yay, we had Cross Country on Thursday and the weather was pretty good apart from a shower at 10.30 but it didn't last for long and it wasn't too heavy.

All of Room 7 ran their absolute best and I saw many beautiful smiles as they past me at  the school gate. We finished by lunch time and they seemed pleased to have a rest for their tired  aching legs.

Maia came 2nd in the 6 year old girls so she is off to Ohaeawai school on Wednesday for the Interschool Cross Country Champs. We wish her all the best and encourage her to reach her potential and run her little heart out for herself and us.

I have been doing assessment this week and have been very pleased with the children's results. These will be my platform results for their reports I am writing at the moment.

Please continue with their spelling  each week as a lot of children are getting nearly 100% which is fantastic. Well done to Tuatara that came first in the house points. Tuna my house came second!!!!

We have Life Education caravan coming to our school from next Friday. Room 7 are starting on Friday so that should be exciting. We are learning about  " AIR TO LIVE"

On Monday we are having a Duffy role model assembly at 1.30, we would love to see you there. 

Have a great weekend

Mrs Birchall and Room 7.

Friday, 14 August 2015

ICT Savvy Tamariki

Term 3 Week 4

I can't wait for Cross country to happen on Thursday. We start at 10.50 and should finish by lunchtime. There are sausage sizzles, drinks and ice blocks for sale. It would be  fantastic to see as much whanau as possible to cheer and support your tamariki to do the best they can on the day.

We only had 10 children at school on Friday, the weather was pretty col, wet and chilly. It was a sad day as Miss Smith the room 4 teacher was leaving. We had a beautiful and moving ceremony for her at 2pm. It was like magic the rain stopped and the gods were smiling at us!!!!

Room 7 made Miss Smith a stunning farewell card.

Miss Smith's amazing card in pink of course

Another version of the card

Jade's train

Our Successful Room 7 spellers

This is Skylah's stop motion video she made all by her self.

I hope you all have a safe weekend. I look forward to catching up with you after our Cross Country results.

Mrs Birchall and Room 7

Friday, 7 August 2015

Beautiful and Talented Tamariki

Term 3, Week 3

Kia Ora whanau
I can't believe we have been at school for three weeks already, where is the term going. Cross country training is coming along well. It is only two weeks to go until the big day for us !!!  Let's hope for fine weather and no RAIN!!

On Thursday this week we had 21  out of 22 children in class so I took an updated class photo.

We have all grown so much since the beginning of the year.

Next week is Maths week from 10-14 August. Let's see if we can master some new maths skills and knowledge.

We are having a fun introduction of T ball on Tuesday. Thankyou Delwyn for sharing some new skills with us!!!

We had another awesome week with success in our spelling tests. 10 out of 17 children got 100% again. I am so proud of you all. Promise and Skylah only got one word incorrect, well done girls you were so close. Keep up the great spelling results.

I have introduced a new game to room 7 called Beep and they all love it. At the moment we are focusing counting in 5's to 50.

Next week also we are having the public health nurse coming in to educate the Tamariki about the importance of blowing our noses properly. 

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Birchall and Room 7.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Successful spellers and proud Tamariki

Term 3, Week 2

WOW, this week has flown by so quickly. I was sick for two days this week and would like to say thank you to my fantastic relievers, Mrs Neale and Whaea Desiree. They both took charge of the classroom and carried on with authentic learning, thank you ladies.

We had tremendous success this week in spelling also. We had 7 out of 17 children get 100% in their spelling tests. Spelling is a huge part of literacy and is becoming an essential part of our learning. A special mention  goes to Jay-Jay who got 100% also, he is now on essential list 2, well done to his whanau for supporting him as well.

We are in the midst of training for cross country in week 5, we are working on improving our fitness levels and running more than we are walking.

Below are some pictures of our exciting week in Ruma whitu.
Very proud teacher moment!!

I love Jahzaay's successful smile. He is proud of himself for being star of the day

Jade, Luke and Tina Rose completing some of their Maths  rocket  addition activities.
My happy learners- way to go Jahzaay, Shaney and Promise.

We had an awesome Maori language week we learnt some new phrases!!

Have a great weekend with your whanau and we look forward to connecting with you on line, we love seeing who has visited our class blog and the comments they have left. Who will be first to comment on our blog??

Room 7 and Mrs Birchall

Friday, 24 July 2015

Welcome back to term 3

Term 3, week 1

I hope you all had a happy holiday and enjoyed some quality time with your children. Next week is Maori language week with a focus on learning simple phrases, we will learn some and your tamariki will share these with you. I am also going to be handing out prizes to the children that speak the most Te Reo through the week.

I captured Eugene and Jevahn with their class certificates they received at our school assembly on Friday.

Eugene and Jevahn with their certificates

From this week we have began a new spelling programme, I was so impressed 9 out of 19 children got 100% in their spelling test. Well done to everyone that put that extra effort into achieving such awesome spelling results. keep it up!!!!!!!!

Have a great week
Mrs Birchall and room 7.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Room 7 cares about their teacher

Term 2, Week 10

Hi Whanau,

This week I have been feeling quite sore with a painful lower back and I hurt my tennis elbow. The children made me some beautiful get well cards for me when I got back on Friday. They made me feel so appreciated and special. I have shared some captions with you below.

Here is a beautiful note from Promise

Jahzaay wrote me a really caring note also.

Skylah created another pic collage creation.

Here is a really caring get well card from Promise.

These beautiful notes and cards certainly make me feel better.  We only have another week until the end of term 2. Keep up reading with your beautiful and talented children.

Mrs Birchall and Room 7.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Happy children = Happy Learners

Term 2, Week 9

I can't believe it is already nearly the end of term.  I tested Jade, Leecaeshian, Tina Rose and Shiyah on their 6 year net assessments his week. They all achieved so well. I picked up on some important teaching points to practise next week.

Skylah has been creating some wonderful pic collage creations- Learn, Create and share has been happening for Skylah. She is so proud of her Mahi. She loves to share her learning with Room 7.

Skylah's pic collage- Wet pets

Skylah's other creation - about fish images

Santino's certificate- he felt very proud of his great behaviour and mat manners all week.

Maia's certifiate- She was very proud of herself.

TinaRose got her name picked out from the yellow box for being at school every day and for keeping off the traffic light. Aren't books just the best!!!

I hope you all have a great week and look after yourselves because quite a few children have been going home sick and there is a nasty cold and cough going around.

Mrs Birchall and Room 7.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Put up Presents for Room 7

Term 2, Week 8, 2015

Kia Ora Whanau/Parents

This week at kaikohe West we have been focussing on Put up's towards each other and teachers alike. I heard many awesome encouraging comments  during the week. It was so nice to hear children affirming each other's abilities by commenting and noticing on the successes through the week.

In Room 7 this week I picked Jade. All through the week we showed his encouragement by saying  "well done Maia for doing a great job". He really lifted the feeling of caring this week in our class. Next week we are going to continue with the theme and another one noticed by Ma Te Hira- to keep our hands and feet to our selves.- Own personal spaces.

Here is Jade and LeeCaeshian with their presents for their put up's. LeeCaeshian was nominated  by his Passion week teacher Whaea Teruru for encouraging his peers by saying " you can do it" don't give up.

This is the before picture of their pressies.

Shaney and Ziggy showing off their certificates they received at assembly.

 I hope you have a great weekend. Looking forward to seeing you all at parent teacher interviews next Tuesday the 16th June 2015.
From Mrs Birchall and Room 7.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Success and Learning in Room 7

Term 2, Week 7 2015

Wow, it's been a really busy week after passion week. I have finished writing the children's reports and am very pleased with the progress they have been making. Room 7 ran the school assembly on friday, they were so excited and enjoyed being confident lions and not shy little mouse's!!!

They all spoke in confident voices, I was so proud of you all. The tamariki shared the popcorn shakers they started to make with Mrs Neale on Wednesday, they looked and sounded fantastic. The popcorn was pretty amazing as well.
Whatu got his name picked out of the caught being good box and got a  bag of  Pineapple lumps- YUM, NOM. Eruera got his name pulled out from the yellow box for being at school every day and for not going on the traffic light through the week.

Well done boys, you are a great example of being successful in Room 7.

They were balancing their popcorn shakers on their heads.

I hope you have a great weekend and don't forget we have parent teacher interviews the 16th June fro 2-7pm. I am looking forward to seeing lots of parents and to share the success and achievement of their tamariki.

From Mrs Birchall and room 7

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Amazing Healthy Lunchbox's

Term 2, Week 5

Hi, I hope you have had a great week. Next week is passion week, I am really excited as I know the activities I have planned for my group are going to be so much fun.

I found the healthy lunch box photos so here they are.
This is a picture of Promise, Maia shaney and Tinarose with their healthy lunchbox's.

To classify for a healthy lunch box only one packaged treat is allowed each day.

Jevahn was amazing he even had a salad for his  healthylunch. Well done to Jevahn and his whanau for going the extra mile. The winning class was Room 8, they got to spend 1 hour with Whaea Gina doing fun games.

Have a great week and I hope so see you supporting your tamariki at Passion week!!!   Let the good times begin.