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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 kind and welcoming to all our new Vogeltown learners is the 'Vogeltown Way'. We show kindness as this is 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 kind and caring!


WHAT: Kindness or Manaakitanga, is showing care and concern for other people, animals and the environment – ‘caring for the people’. It is part of our school vision and one of our values.

Kindness is especially important at the start of the year. We are all a bit nervous about the new year, our new class, our new teacher and making new friends, so we show kindness.

WHY: We need kindness for people to ‘get on’ and relate to each other, animals and the environment. “Manāki Tangata, Manāki whenua - To care for the people and to care for the land” this is a big part of our school vision.

HOW: By welcoming new people to our school – making new friends

By making everyone feel welcome to your class or our school

By taking notice if things need your care

By treating other people the way you would like to be treated


You practise environmentally friendly habits such as recycling

You take excellent care of your friends, new people

You accept that people are different

You have respect for the feelings and well being of others


Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to the end of our second week of 2021 at Vogeltown - a very short week, but another busy one!

It is so good to see all the smiling faces around the school. We currently have 341 learners at Vogeltown and every one of our 341 learners have shown kindness towards each over these first two weeks - well done team!

Well done to all the Vogeltown learners who received a certificate at their syndicate assemblies today. These were great awards for living the school values and for being a great Vogeltowner - well done to each and every one of you! Make sure they go on the fridge!

Thanks to all those parents and caregivers who came to the Paetoki (Yr 5/6) camp meeting on Wednesday night. A massive thanks to the teachers in Paetoki who have put hours of planning in to this camp organisation. We are very fortunate to have such a great camp facility as Vertical Horizons so close to our kura. The kids are going to love the experience that education outside of the classroom brings! A big thanks to the parents/caregivers who are going on camp and helping us out - we really appreciate your support.

Kapahaka - this will begin for Yr 4-6 learners in Week 5. We are very lucky to have Whaea Raewyn taking this team along with Ms Pretty. We can not wait till this begins - our team last year were amazing and we have big plans for the team this year, including our production in Term 4!

Next Friday we have our Vogeltown Adventure. This is an annual trip outside of the school as a whole school. Last year we ventured to Hawera to the Tawhiti Museum, in 2019 we went to Back Beach and in 2018 we went up the mountain. The focus for these adventures is to utilise our local environment, make connections with our local history and spend the day together as a whole syndicate and kura.

Our Paetoki team will be walking all the way from school, following the Huatoki river, to the city centre. The Huatoki (middles) and the Taranaki (Juniors) will walk down the Huatoki domain, hop on a bus beside the Huatoki tennis courts and head in to the city centre.

We have a timetable in town that includes St Mary's Church, Marsland Hill (Pūkākā), Huatoki plaza, Puke Ariki landing, the foreshore and Pukekura Park. This is a very busy day, and any parent help would be greatly appreciated. The Taranaki team will bus back to school and the Huatoki and Paetoki team will walk back to school through the park. A permission form will come home on Monday - or if you are tech savvy, you can use our school app on 'Skool Loop' to sign this permission form.

Good luck to all those Paetoki learners who are going for leadership roles within our school. Next week we will have our Vogeltown Class Reps and Whanau leaders in the newsletter.

Aroha nui, Mr O


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So what did our teaching team get up to over the xmas holidays? Check it out:

Mrs Treadway

I enjoyed catching up with lots of family over Christmas. I went to the lights twice and Ollie enjoyed wearing his own lights and turning into a statue - he fooled lots of people and had lots of laughs. I had a lovely break away in Raglan and then enjoyed camping in Onaero with my kids and our friends. I’ve also read lots of books and feel very relaxed. We did a quick trip to Palmy for dance supplies and stopped at 5 skate parks on the way down and back. Happy kids - tired mum!

Mrs Oliver

I saw the New Year in at Mokau with family and had lots of fun! I drove to Wellington and spent four days just chilling - shopping, eating, drinking and catching up with my daughter. We went to the WOW exhibition at Te Papa which was very colourful and creative. I’ve enjoyed catching up with friends and doing jobs. I have also had a BIG birthday!

Mrs Newland

I had a very relaxing holiday, spending lots of time with family and in particular my 3 precious Grandchildren. I am looking forward to another year at the Junior school, welcoming back our Junior children and welcoming new children who are beginning their learning journey at Vogeltown.

Miss King

I had a very relaxing holiday, mainly spent in New Plymouth catching up with friends and family. Mr Stirling and I went on bike rides, hikes and we even got stuck into planning our wedding! Going to Raglan was a highlight, too.

Mrs Harold

I had a lovely break and caught up with lots of friends and family. Linda Sleep and I had a couple of days away in Cambridge and then Hamilton that included lots of shopping and a visit to the amazing Hamilton gardens.

Mrs Stone

I had an awesome holiday enjoying lots of family time. So great not rushing each morning. Had a week over Christmas down in Christchurch with the Stone Family, which is always a lot of laughs. Also lots of time hanging by the pool and at the beach.

Mrs Lash

I had a great holiday with my family spending most of the days at our lovely Oakura beach. We also had a fabulous week up in Northland in our campervan surfing and fishing.

Miss Fleming

I enjoyed seeing lots of family and friends over the break. Getting down to Queenstown/Wanaka was a highlight, as my partner and I went on many fun adventures in the mountains.

Mrs Irving

Christmas was spent with my family in Wellington which was lovely. We went away with friends and enjoyed plenty of time at the beach and pools. We even managed to make a trip to Kelly Tarltons, which my son thoroughly enjoyed.

Mr Bishop

Enjoyed catching up with friends and family. The remainder of the holidays were spent chasing my tamariki around and keeping them out of mischief. I was also lucky enough to spend a wee bit of time on the golf course. Ka Rawe!

Mrs Melody

I spent some time in Kinloch where my children learnt to waterski. Then we headed over to Hawkes Bay and I caught up with my family. We went to the beach and the kids had lots of cousin time. My brother got married which was beautiful.

Mr Ransfield

Enjoyed time with my whanau and friends. Spent a lot of time looking and walking around places like Waitomo Caves, and Pukeiti gardens. Did a few odd jobs around the house and clearing out unwanted junk. A highlight for me though was going to Six60 and L.A.B.

Ms Pretty

I had a lovely family christmas. Got to have lots of cuddles with my grandbaby Hunter. We celebrated my son Jordan’s 30th birthday and we went camping with friends at Mokau. Went spent a lot of time exploring New Plymouth and we were lucky enough to go to L.A.B. and Six60. What a great place we live in.

Mrs Seed

It was so nice having lots of family time over the holidays. We spent a lot of time at the beach and swimming pools. I went for a tramp with my 2 oldest children up to Pouakai Hut and got some awesome photos of the Mountain being reflected in the lake. To finish off we spent time in Auckland with my youngest daughter for her Indoor Netball Nationals tournament.

Miss Bleasdale

I had a great Christmas with my family and we were very excited to get our puppy! So my holidays were mostly spent playing with Koko and trying to train her to do lots of tricks! I also enjoyed going to a couple of weddings and ended the holidays going to watch Six60 perform at the bowl.

Mr Stirling

Great holiday away in Raglan. Competed in the off road half marathon and have been playing many rounds of golf. Also enjoyed going to L.A.B and Six60.

Mr George

Kia ora whanau! Great to be back! We had an awesome holiday. After a family Christmas we spent New Years at Marakopa. We then went overseas to Great Barrier Island for a few days. What a great place. Beautiful beaches, clear water, just brilliant! Then we spent some time at Piha beach before coming home. This is the best country in the world and we are so lucky to live here. Anyway - looking forward to a fantastic year back at Te Kura o Huatoki! Bring on 2021!

Mr Ogle

I Had an awesome break over the holidays with Mrs Ogle and our kids - spent 10 days at the beach doing ‘proper camping’. We had 4 full days of surfing, and even though the waves were not that big, it was just nice to lie on a board and chat with my kids out in the ocean. A little reminder here about putting on sunscreen, especially on your lips!

I am looking forward to having an uninterrupted year this year (fingers crossed) with our Vogeltown whanau!

MEET THE TEACHER 2021 and 2022

We have tried many ways to make our 'Meet the teacher' evening at Vogeltown a worthwhile event for everyone involved. Our organisation for the last 3 years has been to have this as part of our 'Whanau Fiesta' night. This event is a school picnic - to start the year together and be able to chat with your child's teacher on the night in an informal way. Next week I will put up a list as to where all the teachers will be on this night, so you can go and introduce yourself, have a chat and for our teaching team to get to know you.

In 2022 we are looking at doing something a little different and we would like some feedback on this. Our plan is to have our 5 year olds do a half day with Mrs Treadway and Mrs Newland. We would also have 3 different times over this day that we will offer a time to come and meet each syndicate and then move to classrooms to meet your child(rens) teacher. All our Yr 2- 6 learners would begin the day after this.

If you could fill in this survey (it will take 2 minutes), we would appreciate as much feedback as we can so we can make the start of the year for our teachers, learners and families as 'Vogeltown' as we can. See the link below.

Thanks whanau, The VS Leadership team


A massive welcome to all our new families and whanau to Vogeltown School this year. - Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai.

We welcome this week to Vogeltown School:

Reuben Francis (Rm 9), Amelie Francis (Rm 3), Elliot Dunn (Rm 11).

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

Nau mai, Haere mai.


Road Patrol - Road Patrol - Road Patrol - Road Patrol - Road Patrol

I need help! I need parents to help with Road Patrol supervision. I have spaces for Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon. For the mornings we need you from 8:15am until 9:00am and afternoons from 2:50pm until about 3:15pm. Please let me know if you can help.


Mike George


A massive thanks to all those parents/caregivers who came to our Home and School meeting on Tuesday night! We had a fantastic turn out and it was awesome to see so many new faces!

The meeting on Tuesday night was planning for our Whanau Fiesta on the 3rd March (put this date in your calendar) and getting this event organised. This is a great night and we look forward to this event every year.

A big thanks again to Trina Lallu for being the chairperson, Fay Bailey as our treasurer and Annie Anderson as our secretary. Our Home and School AGM is on Tuesday 4th May - it would be great to see as many new faces as we had on Tuesday.

Thanks whanau,

Mr O and Mr G


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 2021, 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.

We can, however, still ask for a contribution towards overnight camps. See the information below about the Paetoki camp coming up in a couple of weeks.

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

Mr O


There has been some property work happening over the Xmas holidays - a lot of this was unseen and some was, well, very visible!

We have replaced all the hot water cylinders in each senior classroom and a big cylinder in the junior school. We now have a 'High Dependency Unit' at the Senior school - behind the Hall. This future proofs both of our schools for any learners we have here who require these spaces in the future.

We also had all of the trees along the junior driveway removed, the demolition of Rm 6 and some trees taken from around the perimeter removed to make way for the new classroom that arrives on the 22nd of February.

This classroom is about 30 metres long and 8 metres wide (it is 2 classrooms joined together) and arrives by truck at 4am on the 22nd to the junior school. The class room will be open for our learners at the beginning of Term 2 this year.

Unfortunately, losing all the trees was not part of our initial plan, however we are going to replant. We envisage an orchard at the back of the junior field, a new mural on the back wall of the junior field, a new 'nature playground' beside the new classroom, 2 extra carparks where Rm 6 was and planting new native trees along the junior driveway.

Looking towards the rest of 2021, we have plans for re-roofing areas of both school sites, interior work at the Junior school, new covering on the junior school courts and decking in front of classrooms on the senior school site. Watch this space!


We are extremely lucky to live in New Zealand. As a nation we acted and followed the guidelines last year which has put us in a place many other countries are envious of.

Over 2021, 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.


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Term 1 Sports

Our term 1 summer sport season kicks off tonight with our 3 super star cricket teams who are playing at various locations around New Plymouth. Good luck to all those playing and enjoy your season. Hopefully we get lots more of this lovely weather!! Summer Soccer starts next week on Tuesday 16 February and Touch Rugby on Wednesday 17 February.

Touch Rugby

We are still needing a few more girls to join up to our touch teams. Games are played on a Wednesday after school at Hickford Park, Bell Block. For more information please click on the sport tab in our Kindo Shop.

Summer Soccer

We really really need 2 more year 5 or year 6 students for our 12th grade team. Games are played on Tuesday evenings. Log into Kindo for more details.

You can find our Kindo Shop by using the following link http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/kindo-shop/


Birthdays this week -

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

Aria Baker, Ilana Cohen, Nico Viljoen, William Wright, Marco Korff, William Gardner



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/


16 February - BOT Meeting 6.30pm

19 February - Vogeltown Adventure

24 - 26 February - Paetoki team Camp @ Vertical Horizons

26 February - Four Year Old Friday 9:15am - 11:00am

3 March - Whanau Fiesta 5:30pm - 7.30pm @ the Junior school


18 March - Learning Conferences 3:30pm - 7:30pm

19 March - TEACHER ONLY DAY - Learning Conferences 9:00am - 3:30pm

31 March - Weetbix Tryathlon


2 April - GOOD FRIDAY (No School)

5 April - EASTER MONDAY (No School)

6 April - EASTER TUESDAY (No School)

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

16 April - Last day of Term 1 2021


3 May - Start of Term 2


Here are the term dates for Vogeltown School in 2021.

* Within these terms we have three Teacher Only Days as part of the accord signed by all teachers as part of the pay negotiations in 2019.

We have tried to tie our Teacher Only Days in with Highlands Intermediate and other local schools.


1 February - 16 April

* Includes Waitangi Day 8 February, Taranaki Anniversary 8 March, 19 March TOD, Good Friday 2 April, 5 April Easter Monday, 6 April Easter Tuesday


3 May - 9 July

* includes 4 June TOD, 7 May Queen's Birthday


26 July - 1 October

* includes 6 August TOD


18 October - 14 December

* includes 25 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 also remember, to scan the Covid-19 QR code when you come in to the school. if you are signing your child(ren) in/out, you will still need to scan the QR code. Thanks heaps for stopping this virus in NZ.

Thanks whanau

Stay safe and be kind to each other. Good luck to all those learners involved in sport tonight and over the weekend - give it all you have!

Thank you for the ongoing support of Vogeltown School, we appreciate the community we live in.

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Ka kite ano

Jeremy Ogle - Principal/Tumuaki


WEETBIX TRYathlon 2021 Ngamotu Beach

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Here is some information about next year's Weetbix TRYathlon. It usually sells out early so make sure you register ASAP if your child wants to take part!

This is the link to enter as part of our Vogeltown School team https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=40604&G=118223


Morning of Wednesday 31 March 2021


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.


· Official Bib Number.

· Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Pack with miscellaneous offers and giveaways from our partners.

· Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon T-Shirt.

· Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Swim Cap.

· Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Drawstring 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 prize giving).


· Early Bird Discount Closes: midnight on Wednesday 10th March 2021

· Online Entry Closes: midnight on Sunday 28th March 2021

· Entries received by Wednesday 10th March will get the option to get their TRYathlete Pack delivered at a cost.