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 'Respectful'.

To be respectful we want our learners to greet people in a friendly manner, listen to others when they speak, share and take turns, work with others in work and play, keep our hands and feet to ourselves and say kind and encouraging things!



To give your best effort, especially when things get tough


To always give your best even when things are hard – the Vogeltown spirit!

To appreciate the challenges that we face

So we can learn to step out of our comfort zones and take responsible risks

To learn a good work ethic in learning and play


You always give 100% in everything you do, especially when it is challenging

You have a great work ethic and strive for the best

You take responsible risks in your learning and in play

You enjoy coming to school more and learning more!


Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to Week 5 of Term 4. It has been another busy week - these weeks are flying by so fast!

This week we have been doing loads of learning in class. The Taranaki team have done some amazing art work around their class bird. The Huatoki team have been learning about different cultures in their classrooms (see photos below). The Paetoki team have been doing a lot of learning about instruments and body percussion - they sound great!

Also this week we had our annual Whanau tabloids day. It was another awesome event and the weather was perfect! Thanks again to Mr Stirling and the Vogeltown staff for the organisation and fun activities! (See some photos in the link below)

The whanau points have been updated. With the tabloids points and the IROCK tokens from this week, the top of the table is getting close. See the update below.

Dates to look out for the next two weeks:

Monday 16 November - Class Reps to Young Leaders Conference (Palmerston North)

Wednesday 18 November - Senior & Middle Athletics Day 9:05am - 1:00pm

Thursday 19 November - Junior Athletics Day 11:30am - 1:00pm

Friday 20 November - Four Year Old Friday 9:15am - 11:30am

Thursday 26 November Yr 5/6 Road Patrollers to the Aquatic Centre

Friday 27 November Vogeltowner Assembly 2:00pm

Have a great weekend with your families, whanau. Be kind, be safe, be aware.

Aroha nui, Mr O




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Mr O doing what he loves most!!

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The last few months have been very busy with lots of learning going on, both in and beyond the classrooms.

Our Reduce, Reuse and Recycle topic was very successful. It included a trip to the recycling centre, visits into the classroom by Cynthia McCracken and the setting up of a worm farm for the Junior school by Mrs Stone and Mrs Lash.

The children have been involved in fun problem solving and technology activities.

The concrete cycle track at the junior school has been well used and was perfect for our cycling and scooter skills activities. After a week of daily cycle skills, we could clearly see a huge improvement in confidence and skill levels.

The juniors have been involved in the cross country running and this week’s whanau tabloids.

The seniors are always great buddies for our juniors at these events.

We are so proud of the juniors who have a “give a go” attitude to participating in these whole school events.

We are at present learning a variety of dances to share with our Junior parents and whanau at the end of the year - more details about this and our end of year fun activities in the near future.

Many thanks for your support this year.


Taranaki Syndicate


Kia ora everyone. It has been a fantastic start to Term 4 with lovely fine spells and warmer weather allowing our children more opportunities to go explore and learn outside.

As a syndicate, we have been learning about countries around the world, specifically countries that are linked to our ESOL students in our classrooms. Within this focus we have all been developing our general knowledge about each country, the music and food they eat and special celebrations. We have even learnt some of the language!

It was great to see our Huatoki children involved in the Whanau Tabloids on Wednesday. They all showed great enthusiasm and sportsmanship. Every Thursday afternoon we have been outside practising for our Athletics day in Week 6. Our children have been learning how to do high jump, long jump, discus and shot put. I cannot wait to see them in action showing us their new athletic skills.


Huatoki Syndicate


The Paetoki team has started the term off with a bang. We’ve been learning about music and the different elements that make it. As the term progresses we’ll be making and creating sounds and turning them into music. In writing, our syndicate is focussing on poetry and will use some of these creative poems to use as lyrics. The children have been practicing athletics every Tuesday afternoon and can’t wait to sink their teeth into the athletics day coming up. A fun term indeed!


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Covid Level 1 Information for Vogeltown School

At Vogeltown School:

  • There will be no more signage displayed around the school sites

  • Parents/caregivers are welcome on site. You do not need to ring before coming on school sites. Although we are still encouraging the morning ‘drop offs’ at the gates.

  • After 3pm parents/caregivers and kids are allowed on the school sites. Please be aware however that our staff are still working after 3pm to get programmes ready for the next day in their rooms - they need this time for preparation.

  • We will open the drinking fountains on both school sites. Learners can still bring drink bottles if they so wish.

  • We will still ask that if your child is sick to please keep them home. As you know staying at home if you’re sick is especially important at Alert Level 1. The risk of COVID-19 being spread in the community is much greater when there are no restrictions on gatherings or going out.

  • If your child has cold or flu symptoms you should call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. If recommended to get tested, you should do so.

For our Vogeltown community:

  • COVID-19 is contained at Alert Level 1, but it’s still worthwhile to keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about. This will help to minimise the spread of COVID-19 if community transmission returns.

  • For air travel you are not required to wear a face covering, (if not travelling to, through or from Auckland), but you are encouraged to do so for your safety and the safety of those around you. Consider doing the same for all inter-regional travel.

  • Scan into places through the NZ COVID Tracer app or keep a good record of where you have been, to support speedy contact tracing.

  • We will still have our ‘contact tracing QR code’ posters up at our classroom doors and office doors.

  • There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings. Schools, like workplaces, are not considered to be gatherings. Physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events can go ahead

  • There are no restrictions on domestic travel. People should avoid using mass transport if sick, awaiting a result from a COVID-19 test or required/recommended to self-isolate.


Due to Covid, we never got to do our annual hangi as part of the Puanga celebrations this year. We also did not get to do our annual marae stay, so instead we are going to have our marae stay at school with our seniors and incorporate our hangi into this day.

As with every other year, the food we get donated is the food we eat on the day. A big thanks to our Home and School Committee, who always bolster up the meat we need for the hangi.

If you can help with any of the items below, please bring them in to the school office(s) and we will begin getting ready for this amazing annual event.

We need:

Frozen Chickens, Potatoes, Kumara, Parsnips, Pumpkins, Carrots, Cabbages, beef rolls and pork rolls. For every item brought in, your child will receive a token for their whanau.

Also on hangi day we are having our Whanau hui. See the poster below for this event. We will also be posting this invite out today.

Thanks whanau

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A massive well done to all these Vogeltown learners who received a Principal's award today at assembly! These learners were sticking to our Value this term of being 'Respectful'.

Well done to these learners:

Nyah Jones, Elijah Saints, Gurjaap Kaur, Millie Cooper, Sarah Venables, Mahi Peterken, Jackson Cowley, Raine Donnelly, Hannah Froome, Charlie O'Connor, Maddie Green, Willow Wiringi, Melita Netani, Isabelle Chapman-Sadler, Tyler Paton-Bloor, Hunter Gray, Katrina Kumar, Kace Raven, Bay Belton, Coyan Cudmore, Harlan Goodin, Jevana Dost, Ayla Farmer, Zac Wells, Jaela Hannah, Caru Nieuwoudt, Asha Lallu, Dante Todd, Aila Taylor, Connor Gane.

Tu meke team - well deserved awards!


A massive welcome to these new students to Vogeltown School this week in Rm 5:

Charlie Taylor, Christian Cawood and Ash Belton - welcome to the Vogeltown Whanau!

Nau mai, Haere mai te Kura o Huatoki.

Round the Mountain 2020

This year we entered a staff team in the Round the Mountain event. We entered in the composite relay, so had a mix of runners and walkers. Mr Stirling did an amazing job of organising the team - the logistics of getting everyone where they needed to be was no easy task! We managed a very respectable 6th place in our category. A huge thanks again to Mr Stirling, Mrs Lash and Mr George who were awake all night either running or supporting, and to Mrs Stone who kindly let us borrow her minivan! It was a fantastic event and I have no doubt we will be entering again next year.


We are doing one last hoodie order for 2020!! If you would like a hoodie for next year (especially our Year 6 leavers) then please go onto our school website and under 'Kindo Shop' you can order a hoodie. They are $52 each. We have samples at the senior school that can be tried on to get sizing correct. We will need an order of 20 to make it this price. Thanks whanau!

Lucky Book Club

These have been received and will be given out next week.


Kia ora from the Vogeltown Home and School.

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Orders need to be completed online by Wednesday 18th November 9:00am. No late orders will be accepted. If you have not received a notice about this please contact the school office.

Our last meeting for the year is Tuesday 24th November at 7pm in the staffroom, all welcome. We have a few valued members leaving this year as their children finish up at Vogeltown so it would be great to have some new members for next year!

Thanks whanau


Term 1 Sports

Registrations for term 1 sport will be open from the middle of next week. All registrations will be done through our Kindo Shop once again so please top up your account if you need. Options available are:

Summer Soccer - Tuesday nights - $20

Touch Rugby - Wednesday afternoon in Bell Block - $25

Cricket - Friday nights - $15


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Birthdays this week -

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

Skyelah Tito, Alex D’Ath, Bailey Smith, Freya Gray, Hparat Lanan, Wi Henry Matuku-Emile, Blake Gillum, Kayden Davey, Lewis Newland



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/


Monday 16 November - Class Reps to Young Leaders conference (Palmerston North)

Wednesday 18 November - Senior & Middle Athletics day 11.30am

Thursday 19 November - Junior Athletics Day 11:30am

Friday 20 November - Four Year Old Friday 9:15am - 11:30am

Tuesday 24th November - Home and School Meeting 7:00pm

Thursday 26 November - Road Patrollers day at the pool 10:00am - 2:00pm

Friday 27 November - Vogeltowner Assembly 2:00pm


Thursday 3 December - Paetoki team Marae stay at school

Friday 4 December - Vogeltown Hangi day and Whanau hui 12:00pm

Friday 11 December - Whanau Fun Run 11:30am

Monday 14 December - Achievement reports home to whanau

Tuesday 15 December - Whole School assembly, then 2021 class visits 9:00am

Tuesday 15 December - Year 6 Leavers evening 6:00pm

Wednesday 16 December - Last day of the year 2020, school finishes at 3:00pm


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) You may have noticed some of the male members of staff growing some very average moustaches at the moment. This is for a good cause - mens health, especially towards prostate cancer. If you want to donate, then here is the link, our goal is at least $100


3) Please please please ensure you and your children use the school pedestrian crossing on Huatoki Street. We have had a few close calls with cars recently and cannot emphasise enough the importance of using the crossing. Thank you for your support with this.


Good luck to our own Mr Ransfield, who is in the boxing ring on Saturday night!

As a Vogeltown teacher, we are impressed that Mr Ransfield is showing the school values of courage to get in the ring and do this. He has been training for months and is ready to go!

good luck Nathan - from all the staff and the Vogeltown community!

We know Mr Ransfield will go well and will represent the school with pride!

Thanks whanau

Good luck to everyone playing sport this weekend!

Stay safe and be kind to each other. 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


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.