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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

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Proud Tamariki in Room 8

Term 3, Week 7

Kia Ora Whanau,

I hope everyone has managed to stay warm and dry this weekend.  I can't believe how cold it has been. This week in room 8 we have been busy talking about the Auckland Zoo and all the wonderful experiences and memories they created!!

This week Nivanna was my star student in room 8. She was being a terrific 2IC when Matua Gus had a tummy bug on Monday and Tuesday.  Nivanna was helping Darcy with his learning and supporting him in his reading, writing and maths.

I did really appreciate how she displayed mahi tahi with respect and collaboration, working as one!!

Caeshian, Darcy and Nivanna with their certificates.

Next week we have the rippa rugby taniwha "give it a go" day on Tuesday 12th September at Lindvart park. Please ensure your child has a bigger lunch and drink bottle. Thank you


Mrs Birchall and Room 8



Friday, 1 September 2017

Room 16 learning and sharing in Room 8

Term 3, Week 6

Kia Ora Whanau,

On Wednesday Room 8 were so excited, 16 children were going to Auckland for two days. The tamariki went to visit Auckland Zoo and  Kelly Tartlons.  On Friday morning everyone was bursting with exciting stories of their adventures. Next week we will share these on our blog.


On another note, I was Room 16's teacher for two days. We all had so much fun from talking, listening, laughing, counting, geometry shapes, reading and writing.    Chance also turned 6 on Thursday, we made him a special card.  Samicia and Soraya came in from room 3 to help with the extra lovely tamariki also.  Thank you for your help girls.

The star student was Edward. He received a special certificate at Fridays assembly to celebrate his amazing attitude to learning.

2D shapes and patterns

Daley with his creation

Tamzin with her creation too.

Edward and Anania  working together, great mahi-tahi  displayed.

Have a great week
Mrs Birchall and Room 8

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Junior trip to Auckland

Term 3, week 5

Kia Ora Whanau,

Well it's only THREE days to go until half of the Junior school  venture to Auckland. I have 17 out of 21 tamariki going from room 8!!!  Everyone is going to have sooooooooooo much fun and learn so much.

Mrs Wihongi has been worked extremely hard on getting everything organised. A final letter went out on Friday advising whanau what was needed on the trip!!!


I hope everyone has an awesome time at Kelly Tartlon's and the Auckland Zoo!!

Have a great week
Mrs Birchall  and Room 8


P.S. I can't wait until the tamariki come back to school on Friday and share all about their adventures!!!



Friday, 18 August 2017

Room 8 cross country heroes!!

Term 3, week 4

Kia Ora Whanau

On Wednesday we had Kaikohe west school  cross country, it was a splendid SUNNY day, without any rain even in the sky.  All the tamariki  gave it their best and ran their little hearts out!!

We have been practising alot and 7 of our children  managed to get themselves placed in the top 3 in their age groups. These children will be attending Ohaeawai interschool next Wednesday 23rd August 2017.


Here are my amazing runners, Jahneequa, Cloey, Te Arai, Mark, Ziggy, Frankie and Teina! 
Jahneequa with her 3rd place getting in the 7 year old girls.

I am so proud of EVERYONE in room 8 who ran their quickest and fastest!!

Have a great week
Mrs Birchall and Room 8