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

Friday, 31 March 2017

Writing with Mrs Smith

Term 1, week 9

Welcome to week 9, only 2 more weeks to go until we finish term one. Wow, the term has flown so so quickly. It has been fantastic having Mrs Smith team teaching in room8!!  The tamariki are loving having another dynamic  teacher to learn from.

This week Matua Gus and Mrs Smith read them a story book The spooky bats. They drew the pictures and captions and then sequenced the story in the correct order.
The class's learning intention and front cover

Pages 10 and 9

Pages 8 and 7

Pages 6 and 5

Pages 4 and 3

Pages 2 and 1

I am so proud of room 8's fantastic mahi. They all worked super hard to re create the book The spooky bats.

Room 8 was also involved with #getNZwriting. We exchanged our learning with Mellonsbay school in Howick, Auckland. We will be receiving our postcards and poster in the next week.
Have a fantastic week. Please don't forget we have parent teacher interviews Tuesday 11th April  from 3.30-5.30.

Mrs Birchall and Mrs Smith

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 ourselves!!

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 week😄😄

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