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Ko Taranaki te mounga

Ko Huatoki te awa

Ko Tokomaru te waka

Ko Te Atiawa te iwi

Ko Ngāti Te Whiti te hapū

Ko te Kura o Huatoki te kura.

Ko Taranaki, ko Huatoki, ko Paetoki oku tīma

Tihei mauri ora!


Our Mission: Manaaki whenua, Manaaki tangata, Haere Whakamua

Care for the land, Care for the people, Go Forward

Our Values: I.R.O.C.K

Inclusive, Respectful, Original, Courageous, Kind

Whakauru, Whakaute, Tipu, Kaha, Atawhai

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Our 5 school values are I.R.O.C.K.

These are for our Vogeltown learners to be:

Inclusive (Whakaru), Respectful (Whakaute), Original (Tipu), Courageous (Kaha) and Kind (Atawhai).

These values were chosen by the staff, learners and community of Vogeltown School in 2019.

This term we are focusing on being 'Kind'.

To be 'inclusive' and welcoming to all our new Vogeltown learners is the 'Vogeltown Way'. We show 'inclusiveness' as part of our school vision of Manaaki Tangata - Caring for the people.

Being a 'Vogeltowner' is being a good citizen of our community - someone who is inclusive, respectful, original, courageous and kind.


WHAT: WELCOME BACK TO 2022 – To treat everyone the same, our VS family! Be INCLUSIVE!


  • We are a welcoming school and we want all learners and whanau to feel safe and happy here

  • Being an ‘inclusive’ learner you show the school vision of ‘Caring of the people’ - Manāki tangata

  • Vogeltown is one big ‘whanau’ and we welcome & involve all people to our family – being ‘inclusive’


  • By being a ‘Vogeltowner’ you show ‘inclusiveness’ by involving everyone - regardless of creed, race or gender.

  • By involving anyone in your group - whether it be a game, a class task, sitting together at lunch

  • By supporting other people and accepting everyone has differences - being collaborative

  • By being a positive Vogeltown citizen - keeping a positive attitude when working with others


  • You can work collaboratively and positively with other people

  • You are welcoming and accept people into your game, group or task

  • You can support others - making sure everyone feels included in your group, class and school

  • You are a ‘Vogeltowner’ showing inclusiveness and Manāki tangata

  • You have respect for the feelings and well being of others


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Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to the end of our first week of 2022 at Vogeltown - didn't that week fly past quickly! It has been great to catch up with our families, it sounds like you all had a great Xmas break with your families and whanau.

We enter the year in the new 'Covid traffic light system' and unfortunately we begin in the 'Red Light setting'. The red light setting is very similar to the levels we were in last year, so you will all be familiar with the protocols and rules we operate under. I have attached a separate part of the newsletter with our school safety measures at red light setting - see below.

It has been an amazing first week of the school year with happy faces everywhere! It is so good to have our Vogeltown family back together and we have welcomed 26 new learners and their families to Vogeltown as well this week.The amazing summer weather over the holidays has continued in to this first week, and that has certainly helped with the positive vibes around the school sites!

Term 1 is shaping up to be a very busy term full of great activities! We hope we can complete as many of these activities as we can under the 'Covid Red light settings - we will keep you all in the loop with communication of the activities over the term through our normal portals. We use our Facebook page (go and like us), Skool loop app (free download), our school calendar (see link below) and our newsletter. We are also using 'Seesaw' again in the classrooms this year. This is an amazing tool for the teachers and links to individual classes. Last year, this was invaluable when we went into lockdown, so please scan the QR code your child(ren) are bringing home and download this app.

A massive thanks to everyone who has returned the communication sheet we sent out this week. We rely on this to update our school systems and hopefully you will have read all the ways we try to communicate with our families.

Our teams are beginning the year with units of work around getting to know their class, themselves and their teachers - making connections. We will then move to units of work about our link with the Te Henui river, our school history and their class tree. Our team had two great 'Teacher Only Days' last week to get ready for the year, including a session with Paul Rangiwahia and Damon Ritai.

The staffing for 2022 is:


Rm 1 Laura Matthews Yr 1

Rm 2 Lisa Sawtell Yr1/2

Rm 3 Lee Lash and Katie Stone Yr 2

Rm 4 Erin Kissick Yr 2

Rm 5 - This room is the first room for the major upgrade we have planned in T2 of this year.

Rm 6 Adrienne Treadway New Entrants

Rm 7 Lee Newland, Team Leader and DP of Taranaki team. (NE - this will begin in Term 2)


Rm 9 Caroline Irving Yr 3/4

Rm 11 Dani Melody Yr 3/4

Rm 14 Laura Seed Yr 3/4, Team Leader of Huatoki team

Rm 15 Jillian Bleasdale Yr 3/4


Rm 8 Elly Fleming Yr 5/6

Rm 10 Brent Bishop Yr 5/6

Rm 12 Mike George Yr 5/6, Team Leader of Paetoki team

Rm 13 Rachel Pretty Yr 5/6

Rm 16 Dayna Wohler Yr 4/5

Team Leader release teachers

Linda Sleep

Raewyn Andrews

Jen Tooley

Nathan Ransfield

Reading Recovery

Julie Scott

Senior School office

Suzy Wolfe

Annie Anderson

Junior School office

Michelle Sleep

Teacher Associates

Linda Agar

Debra Harlan

Louise Timanus

Eloise Hay

Anna Du Plessis

Angela Buckland

Amanda Cragg

Annette Chadwick

Property Manager

Shane McAuley


Jeremy Ogle

Aroha nui, Mr O


A massive welcome to all our new families and whanau to Vogeltown School this year. We had 26 new Vogeltown learners join us on Tuesday - Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai.

Welcome to:

William Palliser (Rm 6), Arnie Zimmerman (Rm 6), Noah Doney (Rm 6), Kaea Neho (Rm 6), Zayne Fabish (Rm 6), Brody Stokell (Rm 6), Emelia Stirling (Rm 6), Emerson Atkins (Rm 6), Charles Morrison (Rm 6), Ramari Izett (Rm 6), Archie Hedley (Rm 6), Indianna Hintz (Rm 6), Viviana Navas Daal (Rm 6), Ivy Kinge (Rm 6), Billie Kerrisk-Hope (Rm 6), Xavier Stigylmayer (Rm 10), Theo Cowley (Rm 2), Anika Cowley (Rm 15), Tyson Barnett (Rm 3), Nailah Molan (Rm 9), Kayla Blackbourn (Rm 16), Wulf Collins (Rm 16), Vega Collins (Rm 4), Jahkairah Davey (Rm 14), Felicity Donovan (Rm 2), Kaidyn Barber (Rm 9).

Welcome to Vogeltown, we know you will really enjoy your time with us!

Nau mai, Haere mai.


A big welcome to our new teachers to Vogeltown. We have Miss Matthews in Rm 1 with our Year ones. Miss Matthews has spent the last 2 years teaching Yr 1 and 2 at Eltham Primary School.

Also, we welcome Miss Wohler - soon to be Mrs Lewis in a couple of weeks! Miss Wohler is a first year teacher at Vogeltown and has made an amazing start to her teaching career!

Nau mai haere mai Laura and Dayna!


Please ensure your child has a bucket hat for use each day at school. These hats need to be named. Vogeltown School hats can be purchased at the office for $17, but any bucket hat is fine to be worn. Your child will also need suitable sun protection, applied before coming to school. We do have some sunscreen in each classroom - however this is not suitable for sensitive skin.

Drink Bottles

Please ensure your child brings a drink bottle to school every day. The drinking fountains are currently closed and it's really important that our kids keep hydrated in this hot weather.

School Stationery

It is very important that students have the correct stationery to start the term. Please phone the school office if you require another copy of your child's stationery list or for further information regarding stationery requirements. You can still purchase stationery from any of the local stores in New Plymouth, e.g Warehouse Stationery, The Warehouse, Paper Plus etc.

All students and parents should strive for 100% attendance. School is a busy, active environment and non-attendance simply means that students fall behind with their learning and this can adversely affect friendships and limit opportunities. Please phone 753 6843 or text (021753680), email office@vogeltown.school.nz or use 'Skool Loop' to notify us of a student absence.

Leaving the School Grounds
Children may not leave the grounds without written permission from a parent or caregiver. Parents collecting or returning children in school time are asked to ring in advance to let the office know that the child needs to be collected. Our office staff will arrange for your child to be brought out to you to be collected.


Another year has rolled around, and as with every year we are looking for a new, wonderful group of Vogeltown parents who are willing to help with fundraising for the school.

We are aware that so many of our families are busy, so we try to make roles within this group 'low key' and we don't do any fundraising activities that will take a lot of your time.

Last year the Home and School raised over $15,000 and this was an amazing effort - especially in another year of Covid. We would love to see some new faces at our Home and School committee - we are keen to get the year going with our first event the School Whanau Fiesta (picnic) hopefully!?

We have a meeting this coming Wednesday night at 7pm in the senior school staffroom - PLEASE feel free to come along, have a cuppa, have a chat, have a good laugh and see if you can help this group out and in the turn the school in anyway.


A reminder to everyone that we do not ask for a school donation/fee at Vogeltown school. The Vogeltown Board opted in to the Ministry of Education donation scheme for 2022, which means we get paid a donation from the government and we do not ask families to contribute to any 'curriculum related' costs - including transport and events like Life Education.

More information can be found on the Ministry of Education's website.

Mr O


As we did last year, we will continue to follow guidance from the Ministries of Health & Education. Current protocols are around good hygiene and everyone consciously using the Covid Tracer App / QR codes at entrance points to the school please.

Our biggest priority is to keep the staff, students and community safe from the threat of Covid. The new strain, Omicron, seems to be more transmissible and the symptoms are even more like the flu. If you or your child(ren) do get sick with flu like symptoms, please stay home, get tested and let us know.

The biggest change for the 'Red light setting;' this year is the addition of Y4, Y5 and Y6 learners and teachers having to wear masks. If you have an exemption for your child please let us know at the school office.

Below I have added our 'Red setting protocols' at Vogeltown School. These are in poster form in each classroom. This was also emailed out and attached to our Facebook page last week. If you have not done so already, please have a read.

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You will have noticed over the holidays that a lot of fencing has been put up at the senior school. We have been busy with Peppers Construction to get the new decking in front of all the rooms on the senior school. The decks will look amazing and be a really nice area for the kids to come and play, work, eat lunch on and hang out. It will be a great little spot for the community as well to come and use the turf and watch from the 'grandstands'.

Today we got the concrete in the holes around the piles. The next step is to get the decking on and then put in new doors for the classrooms - this will add more ventilation and open learning for these classrooms.

You will also notice that our school hall roof colour has changed from orange to grey. The hall has also had a new coat of paint and ties in with the colours of the rest of the school. A big thank to the Vogeltown Board of Trustees who have paid for this work to be done and to keep our 70 year old hall looking pristine!

All the roofs on the senior school will eventually be replaced over this term. We are slowly getting used to scaffolding around the place!


Miss Matthews Rm 1

I had a great time with my partner during the holidays, going to Matamata and Hamilton. We visited Hobbiton and caught up with friends and family. We also enjoyed going down to Oakura beach most days for swimming and beach walks in the evenings.

Miss Sawtell Rm 2

I had a great holiday with my partner and our two dogs.We did lots of surf paddle boarding at East End beach, spent time in the garden, did some house renovations, and most of all enjoyed the sunshine.

Mrs Lash Rm 3

We had an awesome break with loads of beach time and a holiday away to Whanagamata.

Mrs Stone Rm 3

Team Stone have had a fab time being in Taranaki. Spent an awesome 10 days camping with friends in Urenui and lots of time hanging out at the beach. Loving all of this sunshine!

Miss Kissick Rm 4

I had a lovely Christmas Day then celebrated my Mum turning 90 on Boxing Day. Spent some time in the South Island and walked the Milford Track. Went to Auckland for my daughter’s birthday and relaxed at the beach.

Mrs Newland Rm 6

I had a very restful holiday spending lots of time with family and catching up with friends.

I spent lots of time swimming with the grandchildren, enjoyed the fantastic weather and the chance just to relax.

Mrs Treadway Rm 7

My kids and I enjoyed our annual camping adventure at Onaero. I read loads of books sitting in my garden. We also saw lots of my extended family. We loved playing at the beach and even snorkeling and seeing what lives below the water.

Miss Fleming Rm 8

I had a lovely Christmas down in Wanaka with my family. My partner and I then went for a fun beach holiday up in the Coromandel.

Mrs Irving Rm 9

My family and I made the most of the beautiful summer we are having. We spent a bit of time in Taupo and Ohope, but otherwise lots of days at the beaches around Taranaki!

Mr Bishop Rm 10

Our holiday adjournment was spot on. Lots of family time at the beach. We also went away to Taupo which was great and I managed to get onto the golf course a few times.

Mrs Melody Rm 11

I celebrated Christmas with my family in Hawkes Bay for a week and then we headed over to Kinloch for another week. We had lots of fun swimming, ski biscuiting and water skiing.

Mr George Rm 12

Kia ora whanau. After an awesome Christmas with our families Kathryn and I flew down to Christchurch on boxing day. We rented a car and travelled around the bottom of the South Island for 3 weeks. WOW! We live in the best country in the world. The scenery down there is unbelievable. The colours of the lakes and rivers, the Mountains, the rugged West coast - it’s amazing!

Ms Pretty Rm 13

I canceled Christmas with my family this year and went down to the south island in our van. We toured around for three weeks. We went right down to Milford Sounds. The highlights were finally getting to see a kea up close, Amazing wineries and getting to see Mount Cook. What a beautiful country we live in.

Mrs Seed Rm 14

I really enjoyed spending some time away in Mount Maunganui and Raglan with my family. We also spent a lot of family time swimming at the beach and enjoying the long summer days.

Miss Bleasdale Rm 15

I enjoyed traveling to the Mount and spending Christmas with my family. I also spent a lot of the holidays taking Koko to the beach and the domain for lots of swims!

Miss Wohler Rm 16

I spent some time being a tourist in our own backyard, exploring the South Island in a campervan. I spent a week in Akaroa visiting all of the beautiful beaches in the bay and enjoyed some lovely walks - bliss!

Mr Ogle - Tumuaki

The Ogle whanau had a great time relaxing - a great 10 days at Oakura beach (except for no waves!). Got in some mountain biking and a lot of walking the family dog at night! Was great to spend time as a family and switch off the wifi for a couple of weeks - tu meke!


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Swimming is part of the New Zealand curriculum. With so many children to get into the pool regularly, we have great difficulty meeting our requirements as there are not enough hours in the day. However, it is a great help if your child brings his/her togs every day - even if the weather is poor. A miserable morning can turn into a sunny afternoon. If your child is not swimming we ask that you send a note explaining the medical reason for this. Please name all swimming gear!

A big thanks to Mr McAuley who got the pool ready over the holidays - it is looking great!

We are not selling keys to the pool for our Vogeltown school whanau at this stage. In the 'Red' setting of the Covid plan, we feel it is too bigger risk for whanau to congregate on site in this setting. We apologise for this in 2022 - hopefully we can offer this in Term 1 of 2023.


2022 Sports Registrations

Term 1 registrations are currently still open but not for too much longer. Please sign in to your Kindo account to view the options available. I have also updated the information to reflect any changes made since we are now operating under the Red Traffic Light restrictions.

Any new families can use the following link to sign up to Kindo.


A quick run down on each sport:


  • No vaccine mandate is in place as they can operate under the 25 person limit for each gathering. However coaches and managers of teams will need to hold a vaccine pass due to our school policy.
  • Kiwi Cricket (Yr0-2) Friday nights from 5.30pm
  • Incrediball Cricket (Yr3-6) Friday nights from 5.30pm
  • SuperSmash Cricket (Yr5-6) Saturday mornings from 9am

Touch Rugby

  • Is run as a vaccine pass event ie. all adults and children over 12yrs & 3mths will need to show their vaccine pass. Games will be played in bubbles/zones of 100. To keep within the 100 person bubble no spectators will be allowed on the playing fields.
  • Open to Year 1-6 and is played on a Wednesday afternoon at Hickford Park, Bell Block

Summer Soccer

  • This will also be run as a vaccine pass event due to the large number of people involved. Teams will be grouped together in pitch regions of under 100 people and teams will just have 1 longer game rather than the 2 short games we are used to having.
  • Registrations are open for all age groups to play and is held on a Tuesday night at Merrilands Domain starting from 5.30pm.

If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me on michelle.sleep@vogeltown.school.nz


Birthdays this week -

These Vogeltown students had their birthday this week - Happy birthday to these Vogeltowners:




HOPE Matilda

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TERM CALENDAR – Put all these dates in your diary or your phone!
Remember to check the school calendar on our website. We will put all updates on Facebook &

the website. Link to school calendar: http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/calendar/


7 February - WAITANGI DAY (No school)

9 February - Home and School meeting 7pm

15 February - BOT Meeting 6.30pm

18 February - Vogeltown Adventure

23 February - Whanau Fiesta 5:30pm - 7:30pm @ Junior School

22 - 24 February - Yr 6 Water Safety (at the Aquatic centre)

11 March - Teacher Only Day (VS staff are doing First Aid training)


16 March - Whanau Tryathlon

17 March - Syndicate Tryathlons

18 March - Four Year Old Friday 9:30am - 11:00am

29 March BOT meeting 6:30pm - 8:30pm


6 April - Learning Conferences (night 1) 2:00pm - 7:30pm

7 April - Learning Conferences (night 2) 2:00pm - 7:30pm

13 April - Starting School the VS way evening 5:30pm - 6:30pm

14 April - Last day of Term 1 2021

15 April - GOOD FRIDAY (No School)


2 May - Start of Term 2


Here are the term dates for Vogeltown School in 2022.

* Within these terms we have only one Teacher Only Day.

We have organised this day to tie in with the Teacher Only Day at Highlands Intermediate.


1 February - 14 April

* Includes Waitangi Day 7 February, 11 March TOD, Taranaki Anniversary 14 March, Good Friday 15 April


2 May - 8 July

* 6 May Queen's Birthday and 24 June Matariki day


25 July - 30 September


17 October - 16 December

* includes 24 October Labour Day.


1) Please remember to contact the school office if your child is absent. You can do this via Skool Loop, text 021 753 680 or ph 06 753 6843. Please do not use SeeSaw for student absences - these must come through the office.

2) Please be courteous before and after school with parking around the school sites. We have lots of kids and not enough parks, so please allow time to get to school and be patient around the streets.

3) We sent home a 'communication sheet' this week - please send these back to school asap so we can update our records. Or, if you are very digital savvy, email the school - office@vogeltown.school.nz

Thanks whanau

Stay safe and be kind to each other. Thank you for the ongoing support of Vogeltown School, we appreciate the community we live in.

Enjoy your long weekend - celebrating Te Tiriti o Waitangi. See below for a short video on the history about this special New Zealand event.

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Ka kite ano

Jeremy Ogle - Principal/Tumuaki

Waitangi Day: A quick lesson


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