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 themselves­čśâ 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