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!



We need kindness so that everyone can get along - especially in a place as big as Vogeltown School. Kindness to people, to animals and to our grounds. Manaaki tangata, manaaki whenua!


*You practise environmentally friendly habits such as recycling

*You take excellent care of your friends and new people

*You accept that people are different

*You have respect for the feelings and wellbeing of others


Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to the end of Week 5. What a busy couple of weeks it has been at Vogeltown!

Firstly a massive thanks for such an awesome night we had last Thursday at the Whanau Fiesta! It was great to see so many of our whanau sharing a night together. A big thanks to the Home and School for all their hard work. A big thanks to our sponsors - Vogeltown Countdown, Yarrows, Spudz, Mitre 10, Anna Duncan (NZ Police), Tracey Cowley, Jess Parker, Craig Foltz, Anthony Hume, Turners and Growers and Highlands Intermediate - awesome support. A big thanks to all the families who provided cakes for the cake stall - they were amazing!

A massive well done to all the kids for their efforts in the Triathlons last week - we had the best weather and all the kids showed great resilience! Thanks to Mr Stirling for the whanau triathlon organisation.

Last Friday we had our annual Vogeltown adventure. This year we travelled to Hawera to the Tawhiti Museum. This was a great day and I know the kids enjoyed themselves and did lots of learning. A big thanks to all the parents who helped out on the day, and to the Vogeltown teaching staff for their professionalism and dedication to the kids - Tu Meke whanau.

This week the Paetoki team have continued their learning and inquiry about the local Land Wars in Taranaki. They have all bussed out to areas of interest and important sites in Waitara, to give this unit more context. A big thanks to the Puke Ariki staff and to Damon Ritai for their time and PD provided to the kids and staff. See Damon Ritai's powerpoint below if you want to know what the kids (and teachers!) are learning about.

A big thanks again to Mr Bill Clarkson who is taking our 'Greenies' group again this year. Yesterday, along with Miss King, the Greenies propagated some seedlings that will be planted in the domain next year!

Very soon we will be introducing a new system called Kindo. Kindo is an online system which makes it really easy for families to order and pay for their school needs online. It saves a lot of filling out forms and scraping around for cash! Look out for more information coming soon!

We have included in this newsletter some information and latest official updates about Coronavirus - please see below.


We have been getting regular updates from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health regarding Coronavirus. We are taking this opportunity to pass this recent update onto you below and as new and relevant information comes to us we will share it with you.

The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday that measures are now in place for travellers arriving from Northern Italy and from South Korea. They will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days (calculated from the date they left South Korea or Northern Italy). They are still able to travel to New Zealand, there is no restriction of access to New Zealand for people arriving from these two countries.

The Ministry of Health has updated their advice for travellers as a result of this announcement - https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-advice-travellers

In summary:

Category 1 – travellers who have been present in or transited through countries in this category are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival – currently Iran, China, South Korea and Northern Italy. Note for Iran and China, there are also restrictions in place for who can travel to New Zealand. New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family, will still be able to come to New Zealand. Australian citizens and permanent residents are also not subject to the travel restrictions if New Zealand is their primary place of established residence.

Category 2 – travellers from countries in this category should be aware of COVID-19 symptoms. They do not have to self-isolate if well. They should self-isolate if they develop any symptoms of concern and ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) if they develop symptoms within 14 days of departing the Category 2 country. Countries currently in this category are Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Italy (noting northern Italy is in category 1)

Please continue to refer to the Ministry of Health website and our website, for further information.

Handwashing to prevent spread

All schools and early learning services are still in the Keep it Out phase of a pandemic plan. The preventative measures encouraging schools and early learning services to practice are those of good hygiene, which include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or with an elbow
  • Putting used tissues in the bin
  • Encouraging staff and students to stay home if they are unwell

You will be aware that advice from the Ministry of Health asks everyone to wash their hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, making sure you dry them thoroughly. Singing Happy Birthday twice, slowly should take about 20 seconds.

See our school policy for Pandemic planning. This has now been updated as 'Coronavirus planning' - https://vogeltown.schooldocs.co.nz/


Whanau Fiesta 2020


The Huatoki Street upgrade has been delayed. This will begin in the next 2-3 weeks. On Tuesday 10th March, Huatoki St from the top of the hill in front of the senior school and around the corner will be closed as they are trimming back the trees ready for this work. The road will be closed from 5pm and it will take them 2-3 hours.

WELCOME - New VS students and whanau, Week 4 & 5 2020

A huge welcome to our new students and families to Vogeltown this week.

We know that all our new students (and adults) and families will love their time at Vogeltown as they become part of our massive family! He mihi ki to tatou iwi hou - a welcome to our new people.

Welcome to these awesome new students to VS:

Jacob Rose (R1), Archer James (R1), Andie Rathgen (R1), Phillip Repia (R13), Tane Repia (Rm 9), Kimihia Repia (Rm 7)

Welcome to the family!


The Paetoki (senior) team are doing some great work on the Land Wars in Taranaki. There has been a lot of learning happening. If you want to know some of this amazing history, then take a look at this powerpoint put together by Damon Ritai.


At Vogeltown School, we are now using the 'School Docs' company to help write, update and review all our policies and legislation. This is a really good way for the Vogeltown community to access all the school policies, and also a really good way for our community to provide feedback on policies that are due for review.

Currently we have a policy up for review and we would love any feedback on what we currently have as policy. The policy is titled 'Recognition of Cultural Diversity'.

1) You can access the policy through 'School Docs' website: www.schooldocs.co.nz

2) Search for 'Vogeltown School'

3) Sign in with the following details:

Login: vogeltown

p/wd: huatoki

4) 'Click' on policy review - read the 'Recognition of Cultural Diversity' policy

5) Once you have read it, click on the red button at the top and provide some feedback, either a 'star' rating, comments or both.

Thanks heaps!


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We are using the 'Seesaw' app in all classes this year to communicate digitally with families and whanau. We want 100% sign up rate from our families - if you have not done so already, please download the app. A 'QR' code will be sent home from your child's teacher that you can scan and you will get some updates during the term of your child's class and your child's learning. This is just another way we want to engage with our Vogeltown families.

Colour Your Day

Our Class Reps thought it would be great to get in behind this cause to commemorate the March 15th Christchurch tragedy. Wear something colourful next Friday 13th March and bring in a gold coin donation which will be donated to St John! See the poster below!
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Here is some information about this year's Weetbix TRYathlon. It usually sells out early so make sure you register ASAP if your child wants to take part!

Invite Students to Enter Your School Group

This is the specific link for Vogeltown School that can be shared with your school community. This link will enable families from Vogeltown School to join your School Group with ease!


You can share this link with your school community via email, Facebook or your school newsletter. However, students will also be able to join your School Group, without the link, by using the School Group search functionality when entering online.


Morning of Wednesday, 25 March 2020


Ngamotu Beach, Moturoa


Entry is open to all 7 to 15 year olds.

(Based on age on event day)


Individual 7 – 15 years
Junior Team 7 – 10 years
Senior Team 11- 15 years

Both team members must meet age requirements.

Teams can be mixed gender (i.e boy / girl)

One team member completes the swim, one team member completes the cycle and both complete the run.


Entry fees vary based on the date you enter.
Early Bird, Online and Multiple event discounts are available.
On the Day entries are available unless the event sells out prior.

A postage fee will apply to receive your TRYathlete Kit in advance of the event. You can waive this fee and pick your pack up on, or the day before the event day.


  • Official Bib Number.
  • Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon T-Shirt.
  • Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Swim Cap.
  • Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Kit Bag.
  • Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Finishers medal.
  • Complimentary Breakfast at the Weet-Bix Better Brekkie Breakfast tent.
  • All TRYathletes are eligible for spot prizes (must attend prizegiving).


  • Early Bird Discount Closes: midnight on Wednesday 4th March 2020
  • Online Entry Closes: midnight on Sunday 22nd March 2020
  • Entries received by Wednesday 4th March will get the option to get their TRYathlete Kit delivered at a cost.


Term 2 Sports:

Electronic Registration Forms:

We are very excited to announce that paper sports registrations forms are now a thing of the past. We are moving all sports registrations online. We are using Google docs for our Netball and Hockey registration process as an interim measure but will be moving to using Kindo for Basketball and Miniball. Links will be posted in our weekly newsletter, on our website and on Facebook as well as on Seesaw, so you will be provided with plenty of opportunity and information on how to sign up.

Netball - Year 3-6

Registrations for winter Netball for year 3-6 students are now available. Please click here to register your child. Year 3 & 4 play on a Thursday afternoon. Year 5 & 6 play on a Tuesday afternoon. Please note that spaces are extremely limited so those who register and pay first will get placed in teams first. Registrations close on Tuesday 10 March.

Hockey - Year 0-6

Registrations for winter Hockey are now available. Please click here to register your child. All games are played on a Saturday morning at the Hosbon Street turf. Registrations close on Monday 16 March.

Miniball and Basketball registrations will go online next week.

  • Miniball - Year 1-2, usually played on a Monday or Wednesday, Y3-4, usually played on a Tuesday or Wednesday
  • Basketball - Year 5 & 6 - usually played on a Monday

If you wish to sign up for winter Soccer or Rugby you will need to register with a club. Keep an eye on the newsletter for information on signing up or contact your club now for information.

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You might like to go to the Multi Ethnic Extravaganza tomorrow. Some of our Paetoki kids are involved in this day through choir! Good luck to our kids!
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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/



18 March Senior swimming 'extravaganza' at Highlands

20 March Teacher Only Day - School Closed (Staff doing First Aid revalidation)

24 March BOT meeting 6.30pm

25 March Weetbix Tryathlon

25 March Starting School the VS way evening (5:30pm - 6:30pm)

27 March Four Year Old Friday (9:00am -11:30am)

31 March Home and School meeting 7pm


1 April Learning Conferences, 2pm - 7.30pm. School closes at 2pm.

2 April Learning Conferences, 2pm - 5.30pm. School closes at 2pm

9 April Last day of Term 1 2020


27 April ANZAC day - School closed

28 April Term 2 begins


1) Please sneeze or cough into your elbow and wash and dry your hands correctly.

2) Hats! Please make sure your child has a hat to bring to school (or leave at school in their tray) over this term.

Term Dates 2020

Term 1

Monday 3 February - Thursday 9 April

9 March - Taranaki Anniversary Day

20 March - Teacher Only Day

10 April - Good Friday

Term 2

Tuesday 28 April - Friday 3 July

28 April - ANZAC Day

2 June - Queen's Birthday

Term 3

Monday 20 July - Friday 25 September

31 July - Teacher Only Day

Term 4

Monday 12 October - Tuesday 15 December

26 October - Labour Day

Thanks whanau

Have an awesome weekend whanau! Good luck to our Vogeltowners involved in summer sport!

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Ka kite ano

Jeremy Ogle - Principal


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NPOB Rugby Registration/Muster

NPOB Rugby Registration/Muster

Sunday 15th March, 10am at Vogeltown Park.

Subs: $50 per player.

All new members welcome.

You can also register online: www.sporty.co.nz and search NPHSOB

Any queries please contact: Justin Looney 02102427769

MUSIQHUB - Lessons at Vogeltown

Would your child like to learn the keyboard?

You can enrol them in a small group lesson which takes place during school hours. Qualified MusiqHub tutor, Jennifer Wall (BA, DipEd) has vacancies. Lessons are weekly, run for 30 minutes and cost $17 per session. For further detail or to enrol your child, contact Jennifer on 027 227 4885 or Jennifer.wall@musiqhub.co.nz .