VOGELTOWN SCHOOL PANUI 2022
TE KURA O HUATOKI. WEEK 5 TERM 1 2022
VOGELTOWN SCHOOL CALENDAR 2022
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/
11 March - Teacher Only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED (VS staff are doing First Aid training)
14 March - TARANAKI ANNIVERSARY (SCHOOL CLOSED)
16 March - Whanau Tryathlon
17 March - Syndicate Tryathlons
18 March - Four Year Old Friday 9:15am - 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
SCHOOL VALUE THIS TERM: 'TO BE INCLUSIVE'
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.
SCHOOL GOAL: 'TO BE INCLUSIVE'
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
SIGNS OF SUCCESS:
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
TE REO FOCUS FOR THE WEEK
KIA ORA VS WHANAU, FROM MR O
As we had planned for, this week we received our first Vogeltown learner with a positive result for Covid-19. We thank the family for letting us know quickly and they were already doing the right thing by isolating. As a result of their proactive action, this learner was not infectious during their time at school.
It is however, a timely reminder that this virus is circulating quickly now through the country and schools and as much as we can try to keep it out of the school, it will begin to creep in. We continue to be ready and well planned for this.
As a school there are several ways we are mitigating this virus to spread, these are:
- We strongly encourage parents and caregivers to not enter the school grounds at ‘drop off’ & ‘pick up’ times unless absolutely essential
- Parents and caregivers are not to enter classrooms
- Masks are required onsite
- Staff will be at the entrances to the school to meet and greet children most days
- Contact Tracing: Please use the QR Code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App at the entrances and around the school.
- Staff and children in Years 4 – 6 wear masks when inside at school when we are at Red
- Morning tea and lunchtimes will be staggered on the senior side to support physical distancing requirements.
- Hygiene - Safe practice reminders for hand washing and drying, coughing into elbow and not touching faces will be given regularly
- Office - If needing to access the school office, please ring the office on arrival at the gate (06 7536843 or cell 021753680). Instructions will be given.
At the Red setting school is open, however our response will be dependent on various scenarios that could play out within the school community. We will look to implement strategies that work best for our school, with health and safety at the forefront of our planning. Currently we are at Phase one - business as usual
Phase One: Business as usual. School is open for all students. For any students needing to isolate at home, we will provide access to distance learning (learning from home).
Phase Two: Cases within the school community are affecting student and staff attendance for extended periods of time. We will move to a mixed model of onsite learning and distance learning (learning from home).
Phase Three: Cases within the school and community are significantly affecting student and staff attendance for extended periods of time and onsite school programmes cannot operate. We will move to distance learning (learning from home) only.
Phase Four: Case numbers are such that the school cannot operate in any capacity. School is closed. No learning options are available.
A reminder to please contact the school office if your child is going to be absent from school. We are having to contact at least 25 families every day to follow up on absences, which is very time consuming. You can let us know of an absence via the Skool Loop App, text our school mobile number on 021 753 680 or call the absentee line on 06 753 6843. Please do not use Seesaw to report absences. We really appreciate your help with this.
A last reminder about our 'Teacher oNLy Day' this coming Friday. This will be the only Teacher only day we have this year. We have tied this day in with Highlands Intermediate who also have a TOD on this day. Our staff will be doing their First Aid refresher course.
We continue to be very fortunate to have such an awesome Vogeltown community. Thanks for your ongoing support and kind words.
HE WAKA EKE NOA - WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
Aroha nui, Mr O
COVID-19 UPDATE AT VOGELTOWN SCHOOL
On Thursday we had our first confirmed positive case of a learner from Vogeltown School. A letter has been sent to everyone about this case and to respect the family, we kept it very generic. I can inform you that this child was not infectious whilst at school and had been at home isolating for two days prior to their positive test result.
Going forward, we will let the whole community know of any positive cases we get in the school. If the student was infectious at school, we will let the class that this learner came from know. This will be in the form of a letter through Seesaw from your classroom teacher and from our eTAP SMS system.
We are expecting more cases to crop up at Vogeltown and will continue to communicate with our families. Thanks to the families who are letting us know if they need to isolate or if they are keeping their child home. Please can we ask that you let the school office know as well as the classroom teacher - either by email, Skool Loop, text or call. Our school mobile number is 021 753 680.
FROM THE SYNDICATES
TARANAKI TEAM (JUNIORS)
It is hard to believe we have already been back at school for 5 weeks.
It has been a pleasure to welcome Miss Sawtell and Miss Matthews into the Taranaki Team.
We have enjoyed welcoming the children into our classrooms, getting to know them and establishing classroom routines.
Already, the classroom walls are being decorated with art work and the classroom environments are becoming great learning spaces.
All of the children have settled well and are enjoying being back with their friends.
Many thanks for your support with drop offs at the gate in the morning and pick ups at the gate in the afternoon.
Our topics this term are all about “who we are”, getting to know one another, focussing on our school value, being inclusive and a mini study on our class native tree.
We are looking forward to a fun term with lots of great learning happening in the classrooms.
The Taranaki Team
HUATOKI TEAM (MIDDLES)
What a wonderful start to our Term. Firstly a big congratulations to Jillian Sutton (nee Bleasdale) who was recently married. We hope she is having a wonderful time on her honeymoon.
The children have been enjoying the chance to cool off in our school pool daily, while practising their water skills. Haven't we been so lucky with the weather! We have been having Mr Thomas from Sport Taranaki at school each Friday, teaching us a variety of fun games and sports skills. It has been great to see the school value of ‘inclusiveness’ included as a focus in these lessons. Our students have shown how adaptable they are, by adjusting to the new Huatoki syndicate timetable with ease. In the classrooms we are currently involved with our beginning of the year testing, and the focus and effort the students are displaying should be commended. Our beginning of term ‘getting to know you’ topic has been a wonderful way for us to get to know our students and our classroom walls are quickly filling up with colourful self portraits and visual pepeha. Keep an eye out on Seesaw to see all of our displays.
Thanks for all of your support
The Huatoki team - Laura, Caroline, Dani, Jillian
PAETOKI TEAM (SENIORS)
The term has started really well with great weather and great children. We are pleased to welcome Dayna Lewis (nee Wohler) to our school in Room 16. Congratulations to Dayna who got married recently. Mr Bishop is a father once again with another little girl to add to his whanau. Congratulations Brent, Marcia and girls. We have been swimming most days and have our swimming sports here at VS next Thursday. Usually we spend the day at Highlands swimming pool but this year we will have it here and see how it goes. Our Year 6’s spent time last week learning and practicing water safety at the Aquatic Centre. Our Class Reps and Whanau leaders have been chosen and are keen to help out around the kura. Our Road Patrollers are doing an excellent job keeping our whanau safe at the crossing. Lots of learning is happening throughout the syndicate and the children are getting stuck in. We are all just getting on with it and trying to run our programmes as best we can. We have plenty more to fit into the rest of the term so keep an eye on the newsletter and Seesaw for notices.
Thanks for your support whanau!
The Paetoki Team
Mike, Rachel, Brent, Elly and Dayna
PRINCIPAL AWARDS - WEEK 5, TERM 1
Tobiah Pretty, Zak Deacon, Dylan Hall, Delaney Popata, Oscar Bird, Beah Schoeman, Harper Coates, Luke Johnson, Emerson Atkins, Viviana Navas Daal, Lieke Viss, Quinn Hodgson, Nailah Molan, Maddie Green, Riley Beattie, Ksiya Fenton, Kenzie Madden, Elsie Matuku-Emile, Harry AhKuoi-Hotene, Samsen Adams, Nico Viljoen, Zavier Bosson, Lewis Newland, Lacey Fromings, Henry Salt, Hunter Keat, Mia Bisset, Pearce Donnelly.
TARANAKI (JUNIOR) TEAM
HUATOKI (MIDDLE) TEAM
PAETOKI (SENIOR) TEAM
FOUR YEAR OLD FRIDAY DATES - TERM 1 2022
Term 2/3 SPORTS REGISTRATIONS
Registrations for Term 2/3 sport are now available on our Kindo Shop. Please sign in to your account for all the options and full details.
- Miniball (Year 0-4) Played on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon at the TSB Stadium. The fee to play is $50
- Basketball (Year 5-6) Played on a Monday afternoon at the TSB Stadium. The fee to play is $60.
- Hockey (Year 3-6) Played on a Saturday morning at the Hobson Street Hockey Turf. The fee to play is $50 Yr3/4, $60 Yr5/6.
- Netball (Year 3-6) Played after school at the Waiwhakaiho Netball Courts. Year 3/4 is played on a Thursday and Year 5/6 is played on a Tuesday. Netball Taranaki are offering fee free participation for Yr 3/4. For Yr 5/6 students the fee is $50.
If you have yet to sign up for Kindo please use the following link for first time users. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/kindo-shop/
If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
They can be ordered from Game Changer and the 'order window' is open for the next 3 weeks. This will give them enough time to get the orders, get them made and be here for the start of Term 2.
You can order from the link below.
Mr Bishop and Marcia have named their new daughter Penny Florence - we love the name! I am sure Penny's sisters Lola and Ivy are very excited too!
Congrats to the family! Tu Meke Team!
AWESOME CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENTS
A huge Tu Meke to our learners who have worked so hard to complete quality work to go on the walls and be celebrated all year!
There are so many creative ways the kids present their work! Have a look below.
OUR SCHOOL TOHU - EXPLAINED
MR O'S FRIENDLY REMINDERS
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) If anyone in your immediate family is a 'close contact' of Omicron, please let Jeremy know asap on 021753680