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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



Friday, 12 May 2017

Junior school farm trip to Ohaeawai!!

Term 2, week 3

Kia Ora Whanau/parents

On Friday we visited  Terence and Suzanne Brocx 's farm in Ohaeawai.  The children learnt to take risks, experience new learning opportunities, conquer their fears, laugh, move out of their comfort zone and bond with their amazing teachers.

#DairyNZ and school kit allowed this amazing opportunity for the tamariki to happen. DairyNZ paid for the bus, each child received an amazing fun filled day, a chocolate calciyum and a Rosie pack filled with goodies.

Everyone involved was amazing,  A very BIG thank you goes out to Terence, Suzanne, Craig, T, Jared and Helen. The day was well planned out.

Here is just a photo below from our day, more pics to come




Thank you also to the whanau who came and supported us, Pauline, Logan and Erana.

Mrs Birchall and Room 8

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Welcome back to term 2,2017

Term 2, week 2

Welcome back to term 2. This is going to be a fantastic term.

I would like to welcome Patunghere, Ashleigh, Paige and Frankie, they all transferred from room 14. I hope they enjoy learning and building friendships with us in room 8.

This week also we had two more children join our  whanau in room 8, Nikkiyah and Te Arairangi.  It is wonderful to see how many children have chosen Kaikohe west as their new school.

Next Friday 12th May all of the year 2 and 3's are going to have a farm trip to Okaihau. It is going to be very exciting. Please make sure  all children have a bigger lunch, drink, warm clothes and gumboots just in case it is muddy.

We now have 24 children in room 8!!!  how we have grown. Mrs smith will be teaching Monday and Tuesday and Ma Te Hira will be in Wednesday to Friday in room 8, while I complete my Reading recovery training.

Here is a gorgeous photo of my lovely class ( everyone was even here to take the photo!!!)


I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Please don't forget your permission slips for the farm they are all due back next Wednesday, See you all on Monday

Mrs Birchall and Room 8


Friday, 7 April 2017

Room 8 #GetNZWriting

Term 1, Week 10

Well only another week to go Whanau then it's the Easter holidays.  Next week we have parent teacher interviews on Tuesday 11th April from 3.30-5.30.  Just ring and leave a message with Whaea Chanelle at the office.

I hope to see lots of you there so we can discuss your child's learning and there next steps.

I captured some photos from #GetNZ writing that we posted to Mellonsbay school in Howick,Auckland.


Here is our mahi we created about room 8 at Kaikohe West school

Our postcards we created using metaphors about ourselves

Our completed mahi in the courier bag ready to be sent off

Darcy and Ariana showing of their certificates!!

Have a great week, see you all next week.
Mrs Birchall and Mrs Smith